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Chris Welsh's Super Falcon submarine where the plan to take piloted expeditions to the deepest point in each of the world’s five oceans
It’s a long way from Ballyholme near Bangor to Sugardock in Point Richmond on San Francisco Bay writes Betty Armstrong. But James Espey has made the leap and works as boat captain for Chris Welsh, among whose job titles are…
Defence Forces cutbacks coupled with an ever-increasing shortage of naval personnel, have made Ireland the softest target in the EU for international drug smugglers, a security expert has warned. Almost a quarter of the Naval Service's ships, reports Herard.ie, were…
Cronin’s Of Crosshaven In The Running For World’s Best Sailor’s Bar
Cronin’s Pub in Crosshaven has made the shortlist for the 11th Annual Wight Vodka Best Sailor’s Bar award. Hosted by Eurosail News and supported by Seahorse magazine and Latitude Kinsale, the competition is a chance for sailors to share their…
In Dublin’s Docklands, a business group has questioned whether a €320m project by Dublin Port Company (DPC) to double its capacity is in the interests of businesses and residents. The Docklands Business Forum is expected to raise concerns about the…
Santas taking the plunge at Sandycove for last year’s Santa Scuba Dive
Tomorrow at noon (Sunday 15 December) Scuba divers dressed in Santa suits will be ready to dive into the sea water off Sandycove for the annual Santa Scuba Dive. This unique Christmas event has raised over €12,000 for the RNLI…
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INSS 1720 Racing on Dublin Bay
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School has launched a corporate racing league on Dublin Bay in 2020. Racing will take place on Wednesday evenings in 1720s. How many times have sailors’ colleagues asked, “when are you taking us out…
Al Karama is now refitted with weapons, the vessel was formerly the Irish Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Aisling, having been originally sold to a Dutch firm.
A former patrol vessel of the Irish Naval Service, LÉ Aisling, was sold to one of the participants in the civil war in Libya last year in breach of a UN arms embargo, the UN Security Council has been told.…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Representative Group is inviting all local organisations, including sports clubs, to send two representatives to its first AGM taking place in the New Year. Business of the AGM will include an update on developments since Dun…
Kilkeel Harbour in Co Down
Co Down woman Danielle Rooney has started her “dream job” as harbour master at Kilkeel, as The Irish News reports. The 28-year-old is believed to be the first woman to hold such a role within the Northern Ireland Fisheries Harbour…
The 1720 Optique is the overall leader of the 2019 Turkey Shoot going into Sunday's final race
No race last weekend means the 1720 sportsboat overall leader after five races sailed will be the boat to watch this weekend in the final race of the 2019 Citroen South DBSC Turkey Shoot on Dublin Bay. Handicaps and Starts will…
Conor Totterdell (left) with Pata Negra crewmates in Grenada
Dubin Bay sailor Conor Totterdell of the National Yacht Club has just completed his first transat race on a Lombard 46, Pata Negra in the 2019 RORC Transatlantic Race. The race proved to be a test of competence in many…
The spirit of San Francisco, relaxed but effective. Imp at the start of the 1977 RORC Channel before she went on to be overall winner of that year’s Fastnet Race. Her intriguing stern is much in evidence – it tried and succeeded in finding the balance between upwind speed and downwind power
There’s boats. There’s great boats. And then there’s Imp. Our story at the weekend about how George Radley of Great Island and Cobh in Cork Harbour was bringing home his fabulous 1976 Ron Holland-designed 40-footer has drawn a global response…
Ferry operator Stena Line has said it hopes to conclude negotiations "very soon" which could allow its old port at Stranraer to be used as a lorry park. As BBC news reports, the Scottish government revealed the plans in the…
12 drifting containers were spotted in the Celtic Sea at 2330 UTC in vicinity 51 40N 005 50W this week.
A cargo ship en route to Dublin Port was caught in this week's storms and lost at least 12 containers overboard. The Maritime Bulletin reports that the ship 'Elbcarrier' lost the containers in the Celtic Sea on the afternoon of…
The Arklow Day was acquired by Arklow Shipping in November 2017
Five crew were evacuated from an Irish cargo vessel yesterday (Tuesday 10 December) after encountering rough seas in the Bay of Biscay, as Maritime Bulletin reports. The Arklow Day has previously left Aviles Port in northwest Spain on Monday evening…
One of the world’s largest Tall Ships, the 270-foot-long Cuauhtémoc owned by the Mexican Navy on the Liffey with sailors in the rigging
As the main gateway for trade in and out of Ireland, 2019 has been a year of exceptional progress and growth at Dublin Port on several fronts No. 11 Liffey Ferry returns The start of 2019 saw the return of…

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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