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Marinas Could Make a Difference to Cork Tourism
Developing marinas on the Cork coastline is a top priority for county manager Martin Riordan. Speaking to the Evening Echo recently, Riordan outlined plans to exploit tourism for job creation, focusing on Cork Harbour and the county's 680 miles of…
Shannon-side Marina an Investment Opportunity
A marina on the banks of the Shannon in Co Offaly could be yours for €1.5 million. Shamrock Marina, just downstream from Banagher, offers mooring space for around 100 boats during the summer months, but has the potential and space…
Varadkar Supports Deepwater Port at Bremore
Drogheda Port Company successfully managed to navigate the global economic downturn with an improved and solid performance for 2010, delegates where informed during its annual report released yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore.  Traffic levels for the port in 2010 increased indicating positivity…
Employment Rise of 10% in Irish International Shipping Service Sector
There was a 10% growth in employment in the International Shipping Services sector in Ireland last year according to the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO). In a recent analysis of the sector the information is based from companies that have…
National Ferry Fortnight: 'Seas the Opportunity'
Ferry companies operating throughout Britain and Ireland are gearing-up for the third annual National Ferry Fortnight which is to run between 14-28 May, writes Jehan Ashmore. The fortnight is to highlight the advantages of sea, rather than air travel and…
The Old Coastguard Station Could Be Your Dream Home
Ever dreamt of owning your own coastguard station? Now you have the chance! The Old Coastguard Station in Dromard, Co Sligo is an historic five-bedroom property on seven acres with 1,000ft of sea frontage and stunning views across Sligo Bay,…
Currach teams from around Ireland came together in Galway Bay last weekend for the revival of the An Tóstal Fesival, the Irish Times reports. Up to 10,000 spectators are believed to have watched the nine Galway hookers brave the winds…
Cobh Cruiseships Come and Go (Footage)
Following the impressive meeting for the first time of two cruiseships together at Cobh on Sunday, the Port of Cork has released footage on their website which can viewed by clicking here, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cruiseships were the inbound…
Expanding Fleet at Ardmore Shipping
Cork-based specialist tanker company Ardmore Shipping is to increase its existing fleet over the next two years, writes Jehan Ashmore. The company has announced that it has taken over the contracts for two newbuild vessels from Hellespont Group and in…
Foynes Flotilla Sails into Riverfest
A north-easterly force 3 wind accompanied the flotilla of yachts that set out from Foynes Yacht Club, who sailed to Limerick city on Saturday afternoon to participate in the Riverfest celebrations. Daniel Butler co-ordinator took members of the Northside We're…
A First for Cobh as Two Cruise Giants Come and Go
Cobh played host to yet another historic maritime spectacle when two giant cruiseships met off the town's deepwater quay at the same time this afternoon, writes Jehan Ashmore. In an unprecedented scheduling of cruiseships to the Port of Cork (Cobh),…
Kinsale Yacht Club Spring Series Overall Results, Class by Class
The John Corby designed 38 one off, Gloves off, was the winner in class zero of Kinsale Yacht Club's Spring Series League. In Class One, the X- yacht Eos skippered by David Scott had a 16-point winning margin over Dan…
Kinsale Cruiser League Ends with Big Blow Out (Photos Here!)
Wind over tide and a 25-knot Easterly breeze meant it was always gonig to provide a great end to Kinsale's Spring Series Cruiser League. Scroll down for Bob Bateman's action shots from this afternoon's Cruiser course off Kinsale. Provisional overall…
Big Seas, Big Photos from Kinsale
Photographer Bob Bateman captured the sailing action from the final day of Kinsale's April league this afternoon and what a finale it turned out to be. Big seas, big winds for a classic Kinsale finish. The Squib class joined for…
Cruise Giants to Meet off Cobh
For the first time two cruiseship giants are scheduled to depart and arrive off Cobh at the same time this May Bank Holiday weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The largest cruiseship to call to an Irish port the Independence of the…
Belfast Invests in Port's Future
Belfast Harbour's new corporate plan details investments worth £92m (€103m) in improving the port and supporting renewable energy. Handy Shpping Guide reports that the single biggest investment in the three-year-plan is a £40m (€44.7m) scheme for a logistics terminal to…

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!

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