January – March 2018

February 2018

Ceg Cosmos seen at anchor in Wicklow bay on Sunday morning after arriving from Fishnish with round timber.

She docked the same afternoon around 3pm at the Packet pier. Another vessel Burhou l was also on route to Wicklow with a similar cargo, and was expected to arrive in the bay before midnight.

Scot Navigator arrived in the early hours of Thursday morning from Warrenpoint, she docked at the Packet pier to unload a part cargo of packaged timber.

With discharge complete the ship sailed shortly after 4pm the same afternoon heading south for Waterford.

Tina departs on Tuesday afternoon after discharging a part cargo of packaged timber from Hamina. She headed south to load at Rouen in France.

Tina seen on a dull Sunday morning after arriving from Hamina with packaged timber. The photo was taken near the Greenhill Road.

Bell Jet Ranger (EI-ODD) seen over Wicklow head on Saturday afternoon. The helicopter is a regular sight over the town and is based at the local Newcastle aerodrome.17.2.2018

Telamon prepares to sail on Wednesday evening after discharging a cargo of steel piping from Antwerp. The piping is destined for  a water project in County Wicklow.

Ceg Universe ex Dan Fighter motors north on Saturday morning on passage from Cork for Kilroot. The small coast made a call as Dan Fighter with round timber late last year. Hopefully we will see her return in the future.

The Norwegian flagged Atlas arrived from Cork after 0630hrs on Friday morning to load over two thousand tonnes of Glass cullet. She departed early the following morning for Glueckstadt in Germany. She was the Ex Baltic Magda and has called on a few occassions in the past.

Isidor departs for the short run north to Dublin on Thursday evening, after discharging a part cargo of packaged timber.

Isidor seen shortly after her arrival from Jatterson with a part cargo of packaged timber. This is her first visit of the year.

Verity departs on Saturday afternoon with a cargo of scrap metal destined for Liverpool. The Faversham operated coaster had also arrived from the Mersey a few days earlier. She would return the following week to load another cargo of scrap metal for the Mersey.

Isis also arrived in the bay as Verity departed, with a cargo of round timber from Port Ellen. She docked on arrival at the Packet pier.

Verity passes the southbound Elbtrader in the bay. The containership is a regular caller at Dublin and was bound for Rotterdam.

Scot Trader is seen heading north out of Waterford off Brides Head on Saturday afternoon with a cargo of round timber for Varberg. The Scot-Line vessel had discharged a part cargo of packaged timber in Wicklow port a few days earlier.

Isis was discharged by the new Liebherr crane which arrived recently at the port. The coaster sailed later the same evening passing her inbound sister ship in the bay..

Burhou l also arrived in the bay on Saturday evening with her second cargo of thne week from Port Ellen. The coaster docked once Isis vacated the Packet pier berth on Saturday evening. She discharged her cargo the following day and sailed for Kilroot in Northern Ireland.

Pilsum departing early on Sunday morning, she headed south for orders.

Granuaile is seen working on the outfall bouy off Wicklow harbour on Sunday morning. She headed south later to work on the Horseshoe buoy near Wicklow head, before returning north for the Irish Lights base at Dun Laoghaire.

A busy Saturday at Wicklow port

Pilsum is seen upriver at the North quay shortly after her arrival from the Corninsh port of Fowey on Saturday morning. The Ayress had departed from the Packet pier for the Scotish port of Sandbank (Holy loch) prior to the arrival of the Strathmann operated ship. The hatchs are seen being lifted to start unloading a cargo of sand. Pilsum is the first ship in a long time to moor so far up the river.

Fran Leon III departs from Wicklow harbour on Saturday morning to whelk fish. About 12 boats are operating from the port at the moment.

Isis arrives from Port Ellen with a cargo of round timber on Saturday afternoon. She discharged the cargo at the Packet pier and departed at teatime heading north to return to Port Ellen. This was her first visit of the year.

The ILV Granauile motors into Wicklow bay on Saturday afternoon. The tender went to anchor overnight.

Isis is discharged by a new crane that arrived in recent days.

Irish Ferries Epsilon motors south through Wicklow bay on Saturday evening for Cherbourg.


Ayress arrived from Ardrishaig with a cargo of round timber on Friday afternoon. She discharged her cargo and departed the next morning. This was her second visit so far this year.

Crownbreeze arrived from Hamina via Sheerness on Thursday morning to unload a part cargo of Finnish packaged timber. She departed later the same evening for Rouen in France. The beam trawler Bridget Carmel is seen moored at the East pier.

Ceg Cosmos departs on Sunday afternoon after discharging round timber from Kyle of Lochalsh. this was her second visit of the year.

Rotors over Wicklow bay

The EC-135 T2 Helicopter ‘G-GLAB

’ transits south over the bay on Friday afternoon. The helicopter is identical to the ones operated by the Air Corps and Gardai.

The helicopter is one of two operated by PDG Aviation Services that are contracted to Commissioner of Irish Lights and the two Lighthouse Authorities in the UK to service lighthouse Facilities etc. For more details click here

The 89 metre LAD coaster Leiria arrived in the bay on Tuesday morning from Warrenpoint and went to anchor overnight. It’s possibly she was waiting for orders and departed north the following morning for Dundalk.

First round timber cargo of the year

Burhou 1 approaches the harbour entrance after taking on a pilot. The small coaster was arriving from Port Ellen with the first cargo of Scottish round timber for 2018.

She discharged the next morning and departed for Kilroot near Belfast to load out road salt for Scotland. Over the following days other regular callers Ceg Cosmos and Ayress also arrived from Fishnish and Ardrashaig respectively with similar cargoes.

Night shoot at Wicklow harbour

Lumen arrived from Garston on Thursday morning to load out a cargo of scrap metal at the Packet pier.

The 90metre ship was built in 1996 at the Royal Bodewes shipyard in Holland. She was the ex Swallow ex Westerland and took her present name in late 2017. This is her first visit to the port. For details about the shipyard click here

She completed loading the Multi-Metals cargo and sailed for Avonmouth in the Bristol Channel on Friday evening.

First commerical caller of 2018 at Wicklow port

Scot Venture was the first caller of 2018 at Wicklow port. The Scot-Line operated ship arrived in the early hours of Wednesday 10th January from Warrenpoint. She discharged a part cargo of packaged timber from Sweden, before sailing for Waterford later the same evening. The 90metre coaster was built in 2002 at a Dutch shipyard and is a regular visitor to the port. For more details about Scot-Line click here

Isle of Inishmore

Irish Ferries Mv Isle of Inishmore heads north along the Wicklow coast on a dull January afternoon. The ship normally operates the southern corridor Rosslare – Pembroke dock route and was on the way to Dublin to work a couple of sailings on the Dublin – Holyhead route, before going to the Cammell Laird yard at Birkenhead on the Mersey for a quick visit. For more details about the ship click here

Lap of the Map fundraising event

Arklow runner Mary Hickey arrived at Wicklow RNLI Lifeboat Station on New Year’s Day on the first day of her ‘Lap of the Map’ run to raise funds for Irish lifeboats. Mary will run around the Irish Coast and visit lifeboat stations along the way. She left Arklow early on Monday morning and called into Wicklow after a fifteen mile run, we see her as she sets out on an eleven mile run north along the coast to Greystones.  We wish Mary every success on her epic journey.

wicklow lifeboatAnnual Service of Remembrance
Wicklow RNLI lifeboat Station held its annual Service of Remembrance on New Year’s Day. Flowers and wreaths were blessed by members of the local clergy, before being taken out to sea and launched onto the water by the crew. The ceremony remembers all past lifeboat crew and mariners from the local community.