18th December

Providing a guiding light to mariners

Dermot Grey, Master, ILV Granuaile

The Irish Lights vessel, ILV Granuaile, is operated by the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) who are the General Lighthouse Authority for all of Ireland, its adjacent coasts and islands.

The CIL provide Aids to Navigation for the general safe passage of all vessels operating in Irish waters. These Aids include 80 lighthouses, 149 buoys, 2 automatic light vessels, two Large Automatic Navigational Buoys (Lanbys), differential GPS transmissions from three coastal locations, 19 beacons, 30 perches and 22 racons.

ILV Granuaile

ILV Granuaile. Photo Gillian Mills/Inshore Ireland

The Aids mark exposed headlands, sandbanks, reefs and isolated dangers such as rocks and wrecks. The differential GPS transmissions correct and enhance the raw GPS positions received by vessels to an accuracy of 10 meters.

Read more: Providing a guiding light to mariners

On the crest of a Celtic wave: Ireland’s booming port sector

Jehan Ashmore

The unprecedented growth in the Irish economy over the last decade under the reign of the 'Celtic Tiger' has emphasised the importance of the nations' ports and the critical role of ships to export our trade worldwide. Ireland as an island nation is particularly dependent upon seaborne trade, which accounts for 99% of the total volume.

Ireland is one of the most highly traded economies in the world. The value of seaport trade is estimated at €130 billion for 2003, compared to €7-10 billion through airports.

Dublin Port. Ireland's seaport trade value was estimated to be €130bn in 2003. Photo Gillian Mills/Inshore Ireland

Dublin Port. Ireland's seaport trade value was estimated to be €130bn in 2003. Photo Gillian Mills/Inshore Ireland 

A report published earlier this year by the Department of the Communications, Marine and Natural Resources − ‘Ports Strategy Statement 2003-2005’− highlighted the needs of Irish ports to further adapt in order to meet new challenges facing the industry.

Read more: On the crest of a Celtic wave: Ireland’s booming port sector

Spread the News