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French Navy to Visit Dublin's St. Patrick's Festival
Two vessels from the French Navy based in the Breton naval port of Brest, are to make a four-day visit to Dublin Port during the course of St. Patrick's Day festivities. The minehunter CMT Cassiopée (M642) and mine-route survey craft…
Cruise Line Business Worth €60m
Cruise Ireland, the marketing group promoting Ireland as a cruise destination; has announced that the overall economic contribution of the cruise business is estimated to be worth €60 million to the island of Ireland. On average there are over 200…
Irish Continental Group Record 61% Rise in Profit
The Irish Continental Group (ICG) which is the parent company of Irish Ferries, has warned of 'uncertainty' in 2011 due to higher fuel costs and the effects of the austerity measures in both the Irish and UK economies. ICG secured…
Arklow Harbour Fees Had No Legal Standing Says Report
Arklow Harbour was collecting fees without ministerial approval for two decades, a new report has emerged. According to The Irish Times, the due dilligence report shows Arklow Harbour Commissioners did not apply to the Minister for Transport for harbour rate…
German Navy Cancel St. Patrick's Weekend Visit due to Libyan Crisis
A courtesy call to Dublin of a German Navy task force group over the St. Patrick's weekend has been cancelled due to humanitarian relief operations off Libya, writes Jehan Ashmore. The task force comprising of two frigates FGS Brandenburg (F…
Superfast Sisterships for Stena's Northern Route
Stena Line are to introduce two chartered sisterships in the Autumn to coincide with the opening of a £80m ferryport near Cairnryan, which is to replace Stranraer, as the new Scottish port for their route to Belfast, writes Jehan Ashmore. At 30,285grt…
UK Registered Trawler Detained off Bray Head
A UK registered fishing vessel the Lynn Marie was detained by the L.E. Orla (P41) seven miles off Bray Head in the early hours of Tuesday for an alleged breach of fishing regulations. L.E. Orla escorted the Lynn Marie into…
More Interest Required to Open Greystones Marina
There was good news in Wicklow for watersports fans with the opening of the new public slip at Greystones harbour last August but there was disappointing news from Cllr Derek Mitchell yesterday who conceded that"currently not enough boat owners have…
New Life for Bremore Port Development
Drogheda's port company has redrafted its plan to develop a €300 million deepwater harbour in north Dublin. The semi-State Drogheda Port Company previously failed to get approval from then Transport Minister Noel Dempsey when it first submitted proposals for the…
Anniversary Sailing Bound for the Rugby
Fastnet Line's 21,699 tonnes Julia which has been undergoing annual maintenance at a dry-dock in Swansea, is due to resume sailings for the 2011 season with a departure from the south Welsh port tomorrow night, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1,500…
BoI Shipping Loans Prime Asset for Euro Bank Purchase
Bank of Ireland's €1.4bn shipping loan and maritime business is now being targeted by potential buyers. The Irish Independent reports that Spanish banking group Santander is interested in "cherry-picking" prime assets from Ireland's faltering financial institutions. Santander has already paid…
Lock-Keepers' Cottage an Attractive Investment
A former lock-keepers’ cottage near Celbridge, Co Kildare could prove to be a substantial bargain for waterways enthusiasts. Bank House, on the Grand Canal near Hazelhatch, is a two-storey Victorian five-bed house with a large garden available through DNG. When…
Thirty Enjoy Kinsale's Frostbite Finale
Conditions for the final day of the ASM-Marine Frostbite League at Kinsale Yacht Club on Sunday could not have been a more inviting finale for the thirty plus sailors competing in the Laser, Squib and Mixed Dinghy Fleets. Despite losing…
Strong Winds for Kinsale League
Strong Southerly winds were again a feature of the continuing ASM-Marine Frostbite League at Kinsale Yacht Club on Sunday. Photos HERE. Due to a building force 6 breeze prior to the start and in order to moderate its influence, the…
Former WW II Oil-Tanker Lays Cables Across Cork Harbour
A rather obscure-looking vessel  that once served as a oil-tanker during World War II and  which managed to stave off successfully an enemy U-Boat attack, arrived into the Port of Cork yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The vessel, the Henry P…
Aware's Harbour 2 Harbour Walk Around Dublin Bay
With Spring in the air...get into your stride and help raise funds for Aware's annual St. Patrick's Day Harbour 2 Harbour Walk around Dublin Bay. Aware, a charitable organisation that assists in 'helping to defeat depression, ' is to run…

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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