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Brand new ferry Stena Edda completed a maiden delivery voyage from China having arrived in Belfast Harbour this morning (as seen above) and docked at the VT2 Terminal from where it will operate to Birkenhead (Liverpool). On the left is Stena Lagan, one of a pair of existing tonnage which together will be replaced when a second new sister, Stena Embla debuts.
The brand new 'next generation' ropax ferry Stena Edda for the first time arrived into Belfast Harbour this morning following a 10,500 mile delivery voyage from China, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat also tracked the Chinese built Stena Line E-Flexer ropax class…
Aerial view of Dublin Port
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sports advises that updated templates for Port Security Plans for 2019-2024 have been made available. The Port Facility Security Plan template should be used for ‘Article 2.4 Single Facility’ ports where an approved assessment…
Dan McGaughey
Preparations are well underway for the Laser Radial Youth European Championships to be held at Ballyholme Yacht Club this summer from 5th to 11th July 2020. Over 200 applications have been received from across the world already - although this…
New Lecture Series Kicks Off In Cobh Next Week
A new lecture series in the run-up to the Cobh Traditional Sail Regatta kicks off next week at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh with a talk on the key role of marine pilots in busy city docks. Port of…
File photo: The unfinished Scottish Western Isles ferry Glen Sannox was launched on Clydeside in 2017 at Fergusons shipyard, two years before the complex was nationalised.
On Clydeside a troubled shipyard was "forced into administration" by the Scottish Government without giving the private sector time to save it, a dossier compiled by its former owner has claimed. Ferguson Marine, the last yard in Scotland still handling non-defence…
Work has continued ever since to reopen the historic UK Appledore shipyard (Afloat adds which built its last vessel in 2018 for the Irish Naval Service), but as of yet, no date for any reopening has been announced.
Councillors in Devon have urged the UK Government to hurry up and get a deal over the line to reopen Appledore Shipyard. Despite a union-led protest march, a 9,500-strong petition and the efforts of local MPs, the north Devon shipyard…
Artemis Technologies Commercial Director David Tyler, left, joins Creative Composites Managing Director Jonathan Holmes to announce a collaboration that will see Lisburn-based Creative Composites make components for Artemis Technologies’ revolutionary new electric eFoiler Propulsion System. It forms part of Artemis Technologies’ wider plans to lead the decarbonisation of maritime transport from its base in Belfast
Belfast Lough-based Artemis Technologies - a world-leading high-performance maritime design and applied technologies company - has announced a partnership with Creative Composites in Lisburn to make parts for a revolutionary new foiler system – the world’s first commercially viable electric…
After 16 days of quarantine, British and Irish nationals disembarked the Diamond Princess in Japan by coach for a flight to the UK that arrived this evening.
Evacuated British and Irish nationals from the coronavirus-hit cruise ship (Diamond Princess) in Japan have arrived at a UK hospital where they will spend the next two weeks in quarantine. Coaches carrying 30 British and two Irish citizens arrived at…
File image of a ship docked at Dublin Port
The European Maritime Law Organisation’s Spring Seminar 2020 will take place in Dublin on Friday 27 March. A packed programme with something for everyone interested in the maritime law sector is promised for the seminar, in association with A&L Goodbody…
Maersk containers stacked in Dublin Port
The world's largest box-carrier, Maersk Line has reported improved profits in 2019 despite bearish global container growth. However, A.P. Moller-Maersk (APMM), the parent company of the container shipping giant, warned that the spread of the coronavirus and the shutdown of…
Speaking at the European Shipping Week (ESW2020) conference the ESPO Chairman Eamonn O’Reilly: “As ports we should not get in the way of shipping and innovation. we need a goal based approach.”
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has published its Position Paper on the European Green Deal objectives in ports. The publication yesterday of EPSO's position paper fits into the European Shipping Week (ESW), currently taking place in Brussels. In the…
A container ship berthed at a Lo-Lo terminal in Dublin Port
The Irish Exporters Association chief executive has warned that a number of Irish companies are going to be impacted by the coronavirus. Simon McKeever told RTÉ radio’s News at One that markets are being affected by the virus as it…
Lyubov Orlova pictured in St John’s, Newfoundland in 2012 before it was lost in the Atlantic en route to be scrapped
Ireland needs to appoint a Secretary of State’s Representative to deal with any future maritime or shipping incidents similar to the beaching of the MV Alta, a maritime expert advises. Captain Neil Forde, a maritime consultant with Marine Hazard Ltd,…
Stena Estrid berthed at the Port of Holyhead which operates to Dublin Port
Operator Stena Line says it has reassured workers that its decision to sail its new ferry under a Cypriot flag will not hit their rights but a Welsh Assembly Member (AM) fears "serious implications" after contacting tax chiefs. The £160m…
Back where it all began. Galway Bay SC may have their modern headquarters and anchorage at Renville near Oranmore, but their early days fifty years ago saw the Salthill Hotel to the west of the city’s waterfront become the welcoming home-from-home for all gatherings as the club built up its membership base.
When Pierce Purcell and others such as the late Dave Fitzgerald and David Whitehead were trying to get Galway Bay Sailing Club into being fifty years ago, they had to deal with the reality that Galway city’s long and varied…
Quarantine period for Diamond Princess passengers and crew is due to end 19 February
On board the Diamond Princess cruise ship, two Irish passengers have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs. In a statement it said that the two people, who were among six Irish citizens on board the…

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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