Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

afloat headers ports

Latest Ports Stories
42m Super Yacht 'Flying Manta' Visits Cork Harbour
It's no exaggeration that the visit of Flying Manta simply dwarfs all other pleasure craft in Cork Harbour writes Bob Bateman. The 42-metre superyacht is much more ship than yacht and cuts an impressive sight moored outside Crosshaven in the Summer sunshine.…
The loss of LÉ Eithne is particulary damaging to the Naval Service fleet as it has the longest range of the nine-ships. AFLOAT also adds the flagship which is capable of 7,000 nautical miles at 15 knots is seen in coastal waters during a visit last month to the Port of Foynes on the Shannon Estuary
Relations between the Defence Forces and the Department of Defence have for decades been strained, with the former feeling ignored, unappreciated, or worse, writes The Irish Times. However, the state of relations between the military and civilian authorities is now at…
The Custom House Quay development in Cork. AFLOAT adds at the base of the proposed tower the old Port of Cork's Bonded Warehouses located on both the North and South Custom Quays that form a key focal point in the city's 'docklands'
Developers of the historic Custom House Quay site in Cork are promising a project that will be a ‘symbol not only for the city but an icon for Ireland as a prominent modern European destination’. As EchoLive reports, details of…
Summer Sails in Cork Harbour for Combined MBSC Cruiser Race
Summertime and the living is easy in Cork Harbour. Despite the postponement of Sunday's Cove at Home Regatta due to the lack of access to landing pontoon at The Quays in Cobh, a combined fleet of nine sailing cruisers coming from…
LÉ Eithne has been withdrawn from service because of crew shortages
The Government may delay plans for a 200 million euro “multi-role” Naval Service ship, amid continuing controversy over crewing shortages for the existing fleet writes Lorna Siggins  A joint civil-military meeting is due to take place today at the direction of…
An aerial file photo of Bullock Harbour along the coast of Dalkey located on the southern shores of Dublin Bay
The presence of a murky substance and discolouration in the water surrounding Bullock Harbour and Dalkey, Irish Water claim does not emanate from their waste treatment plants. As the Dublin Gazette reports locals voiced their concern on the quality of…
Never mind spotting gusts, what about the swimmer!
'Forty-foot' can mean different things to different people on Dublin Bay. In sailing terms, it might very well be a nick-name for 'Class Zero' but for most of the Capital's citizens, it's the stronghold for sea bathers on the southern tip of…
Specialist diving unit is now reduced to less than one -quarter of its operational strength
Divers of the Naval Service which form an elite unit in the force is operating at less than a quarter of its intended capacity as a result of the Defence Force’s retention crisis. Naval Service Diving Section according to The…
LÉ Roísín at Cork Dockyard taken on June 30th 2019 as part of mid-life refit
The European Commission has received no formal notification to date that Irish fishery protection has been affected by Naval Service crew shortages writes Lorna Siggins Three ships are currently tied up in port, and Paul Kehoe, Minister of State with special…
A Galway yacht participating in the cruise to Lorient that will carry turf to the French Port
Three French lifeboat crew who died in a recent sea rescue will be remembered by a fleet of west of Ireland sailing craft setting sail from Galway for the Breton port of Lorient later this week writes Lorna Siggins. Bearing…
Brexit ferry deal: Brittany Ferries was one of three suppliers which had a UK Government contract to provide extra ferry services AFLOAT adds on the English Channel to the EU through ports in France. Above AFLOAT adds is Brittany Ferries Roscoff-Plymouth serving Armorique (seen here in Cork Harbour) earlier this season having stood in on the Irish route linking Roscoff while flagship Pont-Aven underwent major repairs.
The UK government's Brexit ferry programme was "rushed and risky", according to a cross-party group of MPs, who confirmed the botched project had cost £85m. As BBC News reports a procurement process to provide extra ferry services was held in…
The LÉ Eiithne during a humanitarian rescue mission operation in the Mediterranean Sea
A number of Irish Naval Service vessels, RTE reports, will not be able to patrol the Mediterranean Sea to assist with the rescue of migrants, the Taoiseach has told the Dáil. Leo Varadkar said that as three Irish naval vessels…
The Port of Waterford has welcomed the arrival of containership ‘BG Rotterdam’ as seen during its call to the port last Saturday (6th July). According to the port, this new connection operated by BG Freight Line, in partnership with Maersk, will be a weekly service, acting as a deep-sea feeder for businesses in Ireland trading globally through Rotterdam which is Europe’s largest seaport. The aptly named containership is seen underway and AFLOAT also has identified above the background of the decommissioned Duncannon Fort and berthed fishing vessels located at the promontory on Waterford Estuary.
The Port of Waterford has a new freight shipping route to Rotterdam which has opened a new pathway between Ireland and the continent which could help exporters post-Brexit. The first sailing on the Waterford-Rotterdam route, RTE reports, is operated by Dutch…
Starboard funnel of Isle of Arran, an Ardrossan - Arran ferry departs Brodick on the island located on the Firth of Clyde in south-west Scotland. See link below to related story on controversy surrounding Arran's new terminal. AFLOAT adds the veteran ferry (built 1984) also operates a seasonal-only service from Ardrossan linking Campbeltown, Mull of Kintyre, a mere 10 nautical miles from the Ulster coastline along Co. Antrim.
A Scottish ferry master with decades of experience sailing on the west coast has hit out at the management of the lifeline service and the “inadequacy” of current quayside infrastructure. As pressure mounts on the islands according to The Herald,…
Projects at Dublin Port include (MP2) to permit building bigger berths for larger ships to cope with increased traffic. AFLOAT adds above is berthed a ferry (centre) containership and a tanker where (read below) related proposed plans for these vessel type's form the port's masterplan's second stage.
The Dublin Port Company is seeking planning permission for an estimated €320 million worth of projects that make up the second stage of its main expansion plan. The State-owned company, writes The Irish Times, is working on a masterplan that…
At close quarters presents an impressive view of the bow of BMAS Rhône a support vessel of the French Navy which entered service this year. AFLOAT adds the call of the newbuild from Cherbourg to Waterford City was a maiden first to an Irish port as the vessel berthed at the Frank Cassin Wharf opposite of Waterford Marina as seen on the left.
A French Navy offshore support and assistance vessel which was commissioned into service earlier this year visited Waterford City over the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The impressive Loire class or Metropolitan Support and Assistance Building (BSAM) Rhône entered service in…

As an island economy a healthy maritime sector is key to our national competitiveness. Virtually all our imports and exports pass through Irish ports.

The ports are therefore a vital cog in our economy but they're also a great place to see some interesting ships. 86 cruise liners called to Dublin in 2010 and a similar number came to Cork, including some of the biggest in the world.

These pages cover the following sectoral areas: shipowners, harbour authorities, shipbrokers, freight forwarders and contractors, cruise liner operators, port users, seamen, merchants, academic institutions, shipyards and repair facilities, naval architects, navy and defence personnel.

Our pages are covering some of the most notable arrivals around our coast and reporting too on port development and shipping news.

This section of the site deals with Port and Shipping News on our largest ports Dublin Port, Port of Cork, the Shannon Estuary, Galway Harbour and Belfast Lough.

A recent study carried out for the Irish Ports Association (IPA) totalled 75.7 billion during 2004 and their net economic impact was some 5.5 billion supporting around 57, 500 full time employees.

We also post updates on fishing, fisheries, lighthouses, cruise liners, naval visits, the Irish Naval service, coastal marinas and lots more too!

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

mgm sidebutton
bjmarine sidebutton
xyachts sidebutton

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
isora sidebutton

Featured Events

tokyo sidebutton
sovscup sidebutton
vdlr sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
mansfield sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating