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Body of Woman Who Fell from Rosslare Ferry Recovered
The body of the woman who fell overboard from the Irish Ferries vessel Isle of Inis Mór was recovered from the sea at Rosslare on Saturday. According to media reports the woman fell overboard as the ferry approached Rosslare Europort shortly…
Bray Watch Goes Online
Bray Sailing Club in County Wicklow is up and running with a new CCTV system and the harbour cam has online access. Fancy a quick peek at this east coast harbour just a mile south of Dublin bay? Click HERE
Dredgers Continue Work on New Scottish Ferryport Terminal
Dredging work continues on the new ferryport terminal at Old House Point, close to the ferryports of Cairnryan and Stranrear on Loch Ryan, writes Jehan Ashmore. The £200m development by Stena Line of the new Scottish ferryport will eventually see…
Drifting Irish-Cargo Vessel Rescued by ETV
An Irish cargo-vessel, Red Duchess got into difficulties when the ship broke down off the Isle of Rhum on Tuesday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 1,285grt coaster owned by Coast Lines, was bound for Stornoway with a cargo of coal when…
Greystones Harbour Open Day Gives Chance to See Impressive Marine Works
Developers of Greystones Harbour and marina in County Wicklow, Sispar will hold an open day at the new harbour this Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm. This is a chance, says local councillor Derek Mitchell, to see what has…
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…

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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