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Belfast Harbour Trade Improves
Trade through Belfast Harbour is on the rise after a three-year drop, the The Corkman reports. http://www.corkman.ie/breaking-news/national-news/more-trade-through-belfast-harbour-2512638.html Cargo through the port rose by 5% in the last year to 16.5 million tonnes, following a 10% fall since 2007 due to…
Tanker Newbuilds for Cork-Based Global Operator
An order for two 51,000 dwt chemical products tankers from Ardmore Shipping, to a South Korean shipyard, are to be delivered next year and in 2013, writes Jehan Ashmore. The contract for the double-hulled newbuilds, classified to IMO 3 specifications, was…
‘Follow The Fleet’ Schools Essay Competition
The 2010/2011 'Follow The Fleet' Schools Essay Competition is open to all schools that are registered to take part in the Follow the Fleet project. Schools can register details by logging onto www.followthefleet.ie where a username and password will be provided.…
Appointment of New Head of the Naval Service
Captain Mark Mellett has been appointed as the new head of the Naval Service, the Mayo born native replaces Commodore Frank Lynch as Flag Officer Commanding, who retired in December. During his career, Captain Mellett has commanded the Peacock class…
Foot-Passengers to Lose Liverpool Link
Foot-passengers will soon no longer have the choice in taking the ferry over to Merseyside, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Dublin-Liverpool (Birkenhead) route, operated by DFDS Seaways which is due to close on 31 January, is the only ferry operator that…
Volumes Increase at Drogheda Port
Cargo volumes through the port of Drogheda have increased by 4% in 2010 compared to 2009 levels, notably due to the importation of agri-products. The rise in traffic figures recorded by the Drogheda Port Company, provides some positive economic news.…
Public Views Galway Harbour Plans This Weekend
Plans for the development of Galway Harbour are open for public consultation this weekend, The Irish Times reports. The Galway Harbour Company's €200 million scheme involves moving the port south onto 24 hectares of reclaimed land in deeper water to…
Come Cruising at the Holiday World Shows
A new 'Cruise Pavilion' awaits visitors as part of The Belfast Telegraph Holiday World Show which opened its doors today. The three-in-one show which already includes the Caravan & Motorhome Show and Angling Ireland Show, is also open tomorrow and…
Daring Night Raid on 60 Shannon Boats
Gardaí in Carrick-on-Shannon are investigating a serious raid at a marina that saw as many as 60 boats vandalised. The Irish Times reports that the attack early on Tuesday morning involved a five-strong masked gang using a number of vehicles,…
Ferry Firm Challenges Marine Dept in High Court
An Aran Islands ferry company is currently battling the Department of the Marine in the High Court over charges for the use of Rossaveal Harbour, the Galway Advertiser reports. http://www.advertiser.ie/galway/article/35447 Island Ferries Teoranta claims that harbour fees have risen eight-fold…
Car-Sales Boost Brings Busy Day to Dublin
Three large vessels from one company arrived into Dublin Port on Sunday, to include an inaugural call of the 49,166 tonnes M.V. Pauline from Zeebrugge, writes Jehan Ashmore. At 203-metres the Pauline built in 2006, made a special once-off sailing…
Port of Cork Traffic Up 10% in 2010
While all sectors at the Port of Cork experienced a challenging period during 2010, the end of year total trade traffic shows an increase. Total trade in 2010 through the Port of Cork amounted to 8.8 million tonnes, an increase…
Ferry-Fallout as DFDS Exit Irish Sea
DFDS Seaways recent announcement to close its operations on the Irish Sea this month is a major blow considering the Danish company entered the Irish-UK ferry market only six-months ago, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Dublin-Birkenhead (Liverpool) and freight-only Dublin-Heysham service…
Dublin Bay Oil, Gas, Coal...and Waste-Water!
A second drill-rig platform, the Pauline was positioned in Dublin Bay on Friday, to investigate suitable conditions for an outfall discharge pipe from the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant, writes Jehan Ashmore. The work is part of a Dublin City Council project…
New Passenger-Only Ferry for Northern Ireland-Scotland Route
Plans to operate the first passenger-only ferry service between Northern Ireland and Scotland are scheduled to start in late May, writes Jehan Ashmore. Kintyre Express is to operate a Ballycastle-Campbeltown service on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 27 May and…
Ferry-Go-Round on the Irish Sea
At this quiet time of the year, vessels from Irish Sea ferry operators are taken off routes to undergo annual dry-docking, writes Jehan Ashmore. In the case of Irish Ferries, their Rosslare-Pembroke Dock route vessel, Isle of Inishmore arrived on…

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.

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