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Drilling of Test Boreholes in Dublin Bay
A jack-up rig barge has been positioned off the South Wall, Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The barge is contracted to Dublin City Council for the drilling of test boreholes in the approaches to and within Dublin Bay in relation…
Bulker Becomes Largest Vessel to dock at Foynes
The 61,000 dwt bulker Sibulk Prosperity became the largest ship to date to dock at Shannon Foynes recently according to The Limerick Leader. The Panamanian registered vessel carrying a cargo from Santo in Brazil. At 200 meters long and a…
Winter's French 'Ferry' Connections
Direct continental ferry services between Ireland and France will be reduced as of this weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. Brittany Ferries last sailing for this year on the Cork-Roscoff route ends today. The 11-hour route is normally served by 'flagship' Pont-Aven…
Plans for Belfast Historic Maritime District
Plans to develop a £250m project in the heart of Belfast's historical maritime district have been announced by Belfast Harbour Commissioners. The 'City Quays' project is designed to link the 185-acre Titanic Quarter Development with the City-Centre.The 20-acre scheme is…
Over 100,000 Cruise Passengers Visit Port of Cork in 2010
2010 proved to be another busy year for the Port of Cork with a total of 52 cruise liners calling to Cobh, Ireland's only dedicated cruise berth. Onboard the 52 cruise liners were a total of 100, 414 passengers and…
Proposal to Move Cruise Ship Terminal on the Liffey
According to a report in the Irish Times this morning Dublin Port Company is considering a proposal by docklands entrepreneur Harry Crosbie to relocate the city's cruise ship terminal to a site closer to the heart of the city beside…
Waterfront Property at Foynes and Passage East
Some interesting Irish waterfront property is on the market on the Shannon Estuary at Foynes deepwater port in county Limerick and also at Passage East in Co. Waterford. The properties will be of interest to those in the marine industry and…
Military Vessels Call to Cork Harbour
A number of Military vessels are in Cork Harbour this weekend and moored at Kennedy and Horgan Quays in the city centre. The ships include the Estonian 52 metre Naval/Military Ship Admiral Cowan, the 55m Norwegian Hinnoey and two Polish Military ships…
Ferry Passenger Boost Recorded for First Half of 2010
Ferry passenger numbers through ports in the Republic of Ireland rose by 16% in the first 6 months of 2010, according to the latest analysis published by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO). The 16% rise posted in passenger ferry…
November Lecture to Shine Light on North Dublin Lighthouses
The Heritage Society of Engineers Ireland in association with the Civil Division of the same organisation (Engineers Ireland) will present an evening lecture on The Lighthouses of North County Dublin by Frank Pelly, Curator of the Irish Lights Museum, on…
Celtic Charter Finnforest to Italians
Celtic Link Ferries ro-ro freight-ferry Finnforest (1978/15,525grt) is currently on a six month charter to Italian shipping operator, SNAV on the Naples-Palermo, Sicily route, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Finnforest has since 1999 served several Scandinavian routes. In 2008 Celtic Link…
Film To Seek "Treasure Island" in Dublin Bay
Ahoy me hearties...Dublin Bay is to become the setting for "Treasure Island", the classic adventure story by Robert Louis Stephenson, with filming scheduled next month, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 145-foot Earl of Pembroke, a three-masted barque will be centre-stage. Shooting…
Ireland Joins Ironman Calendar for 2011
Galway will play host to Ireland's first ever Ironman triathlon next year. Registration opens next Monday 11 October for the Ironman 70.3 event on 4 September 2011, which will comprise a 1.9km swim in Galway Bay, a 90km bike ride…
The Boat Factory Premieres In Belfast
A new play based on the lives of Belfast shipyard workers had its world premiere in East Belfast last Tuesday (5 October). The Boat Factory tells the story of Davy Gordon, beginning as he follows in his family's footsteps onto…
Tankers Thresher To Twaite Break Drogheda Records
On Wednesday, the 105.5m Twaite, became the longest liquid petroleum gas (LPG) tanker to berth at Drogheda's Flogas terminal, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1,720dwt Dutch flagged-vessel docked in Drogheda after loading a cargo from the Whitegate Refinery, Cork Harbour. Later…
Four Championships (and a Mega Party) Planned for Dun Laoghaire 2011
There is a new helmsman at the wheel of Dun Laoghaire regatta next season and after taking soundings from local Dublin Bay classes, new event boss Adam Winkelmann is expecting in excess of 500 boats, despite the hard times. 'We…

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.

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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.

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