August – December 2017

August – December 2017

The last photo of 2017 shows the small cement carrier Ronez southbound passing the Ro/Ro Amandine in Wicklow bay late on Sunday afternoon. The Ronez is a regular caller at Warrenpoint  and went to anchor along with three other ships south of Courtown as the trail of Storm Dylan crosses the country.

Irish Ferries chartered Epsilon motors north on Saturday afternoon after a run to Cherbourg. She called to Rosslare earlier the same morning possibly to deliver new cars for the 2018 market.

The containership X-press Mulhacen passing Wicklow head on Thursday afternoon.The Welsh hills are also visible on the horizon.

Ayress seen at the Packet pier on a wet dull Christmas morning. She discharged Scottish round timber a few days earlier. She departed early on St Stephen’s day heading north for Scotland and was the final commerical caller to the port in 2017.

Father Christmas arrived on Wicklow RNLI Lifeboat on Saturday afternoon to visit the crew’s children. There was great excitement on the East pier as the very important visitor approached from the south.

Ayress departs stern first on Saturday afternoon after discharging a cargo of Scottish round timber.

Elena arrived to unload a part cargo of packaged timber from the Finnish port of Hamina. She was photographed on Thursday afternoon as discharge was nearing completetion.
Dan Fighter arrived from Scotland on Thursday morning and went to anchor. She docked at the Packet pier later the same evening once Elena vacated the berth. This is her first visit under the Daninsh flag, but has called in the past as the Dutch Feran, to discharge coal for Wicklow Corn Company.

Whelk boats arrive back in Wicklow harbour on Friday afternoon to land their catch, which is exported worldwide.

Scot Navigator arrived at lunchtime on Friday to unload a part cargo of packaged timber from Varberg.

The Lithuanian Arina (ex Sofia) seen at anchor in the bay on Friday evening after arriving to load scrap metal. The 105metre ship built by J.J Sietas in 1989 is certainly one of the largest vessels to visit Wicklow in recent times. 24.11.2017

Crownbreeze departs to the south after discharging a part cargo of packaged timber as Burhou I arrives with another cargo of scottish round timber.

Jason arrives from Runcorn on a dull wet November afternoon to load a cargo of scrap metal at the Packet pier.

Burhou I departs from Wixklow port on Monday afternoon after discharging round timber from Port Ellen, while Ceg Cosmos arrives with a similar cargo from Fishnish.

Sammy the seal is known worldwide after video footage of him climbing onto the Quay went viral over the internet on social media.  During springtides he climbs onto the quay to cross over the road to the fish shop to be fed. Alan the fishman usually entices him back into the water with some fish. I took these photos on Sunday morning as Sammy was up to his old tricks again.

The ILV Granuaile motors into Wicklow bay on Sunday afternoon to anchor overnight.

Faversham Shippings Velox (ex Flinterlinge) loads a cargo of scrap metal at the Packet pier.

Improvement work in progress on the north quay with the help of water damage removal team. This phase is being carried out by Wicklow County Council, who took over the running of the port in September 2016.

The Derry based tug Strathfoyle with the trailer suction dredger Argus in tow, heads south for Dunmore East.

The catamaran Onward began whelk fishing out of Wicklow port in the past few weeks.

We got the oppurtunity to see the new 182metre Arklow Spirit as she motored north along the East coast for Dublin port on Saturday morning. The recently completed bulk carrier had discharged a part cargo in Cork ealier.

The small coaster River Trader & containership Atlantic Comet head north off Wicklow head together on Friday afternoon, inbound for Drogheda and Dublin.

River Trader was the ex  Hoo Beech, one of a series built in Yorkshire for Lapthorn Shipping, that called to Wicklow port with cargoes of lead ingots from Norderham in the 1990s. The company folded in 2009 and the fleet was sold.

The new CLnD operated Ro/Ro vessel Celine passing Wicklow on Friday evening, after her first call to Dublin port.


The Scot Leader arrives from Warrenpoint on Wednesday morning with a part cargo of packaged timber from Varberg.

The mussel trawlers Emerald Gratia and Rona moored overnight at the north pier, both vessels sailed early the next morning.

New Dawn at Arklow
Arklow Dawn (ex Flinter Atlantic) anchored off her home port of Arklow on Monday morning for a few hours. The ship was recently acquired after the Dutch Flinter Company went into liquidation in late 2016. She is seen motoring north off the Arklow wind farm on Monday afternoon.

As the weather improved on Sunday morning both coasters sailed within an hour of each other. Burhou I departed at 10am for Kilroot in Northern Ireland to load road salt for Scotland.

Ceg Cosmos departed at 11am for Scotland to load round timber.

The Saga motors south for Avonmouth on Sunday afternoon, the containership maintains a regular link between Warrenpoint, Dublin, Cardiff and Avonmouth. In November she was renamed Greta.

Ceg Cosmos and Burhou l seen from the Greenhill Road on Saturday afternoon. Both ships remained in port  as bad weather crossed the country which disrupted some ferry sailings including the delayed sailing of Epsilon to Cherbourg.

The Sp Viking (ex Arklow Viking) encounters the swell as she motors south off Wicklow harbour on Saturday afternoon. The coaster was bound for Antwerp from Drogheda.

The containership Karin Schepers motors south for Portugal on Saturday afternoon after a call to Dublin port. The 222metre Chinese heavy lift ship Hai Yang Shi You 278 (2012/40,307grt) is also visible outside the Codling buoy carrying an oil rig destined for Las Palmas in the Canary Islands from Murmansk. She stayed close to the Irish coast due to the Storm Brian. For details about Cosco heavy lift Ships click here

Burhou l motors into the harbour on Friday afternoon.

Friday afternoon saw two arrivals at Wicklow port, Burhou l from Port Ellen and Ceg Cosmos from Fishnish. Both discharged round timber at the Packet pier.

Ceg Cosmos and Burhou l alongside at the Packet pier berth on Friday afternoon. Once Burhou l had completed discharge she moved to allow Ceg Cosmos go alongside and unload her cargo. The ships remained in Wicklow port overnight. The Met office had earlier issued a Wind warning as storm Brian was expected to pass over the country during the weekend.

Elena is seen sailing on Wednesday morning southbound for Birdport near Newport in Wales. The ship discharged her part cargo on Tuesday as work was cancelled on Monday due to Storm Ophelia tracking over Ireland, resulting in the sad loss of three lives around the country. The Met office issued a Status Red and damage was widespread with disruption to sea, air and public transport, luckily the East coast got off lightly and damage around Wicklow was not so bad. Rosslare RNLI lifeboat put to sea on Monday morning to assist a yacht with 3 sailors, while Clougherhead RNLI and Coast Guard Rescue 116 from Dublin Airport were tasked to kite-surfers in Dundalk bay. Swimmers were also reported in the water at Salthill in Galway at the height of the storm. So not all were heeding the advice of the Coast Guard and Met Office to stay indoors.
Storm Ophelia was the most severe weather event to his this country since Hurricane Debbie hit in 1961 – resulting in 15 deaths (source: Met Eireann)18.10.2017

Ayress is seen discharging a cargo of Scottish round timber at the Packet pier on Saturday morning. She arrived the previous evening from Ardrishaig. The coaster is registered in Portsmouth on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

She completed discharge and sailed after 1400hrs on Saturday afternoon.

Ayress passes the Elena at anchor in the bay, she arrived from Hamina via New Holland on Friday night and went to anchor. The vessel was waiting for the tide and was expected to dock after 1700hrs.

Elena motors into the port on late on Saturday afternoon with a part cargo of packaged timber.

Isidor is seen from Wicklow head as she approaches the port on Monday afternoon with a part cargo of packaged timber from Hamina (via New Holland) in Finland.

Thea Marieke discharged a part cargo of packaged timber on Monday. She is seen passing the inbound Isidor the same afternoon heading south.

Isidor motors into Wicklow harbour on Monday afternoon to unload a part cargo of packaged timber. She discharged the following day and sailed in the afternoon, heading north for a four day run to Jelsa in Norway.

Thea Marieke arrived from Monsteras via Dundee early on Sunday morning and went to anchor. She took a pilot around 1100hrs and docked at the Packet pier with a part cargo of packaged timberIt was all hands on deck as the crew enjoy Sunday lunch al fresco on a mild October afternoon at Wicklow harbour. Bon appetit.

Ceg Cosmos is visible at the Packet pier on Saturday morning after discharging a cargo of round timber from Fishnish. She departed after midday the same day for Scotland.

Saturday was also ‘lift in day’ for Wicklow Sailing Club, the yachts will be put into Winter storage in the club boatyard.

Hav Pike (1994/2446grt) arriving from Cork on Thursday morning to load a cargo of scrap metal.

She called in the past  as the  Russian flagged Bratislava with a cargo of timber. For more details about the  Norweigan Hav Shipping click here

The Scot-line chartered Lady Ariane arrived from Warrenpoint on Friday morning to discharge a part cargo of packaged timber from Varberg, before sailing for Cardiff the same afternoon. The 88metre coaster built in 2015 for Dutch company Wijnne Barends is identical to Scot Navigator, which made her maiden visit to the port during the summer.




‘Wendy’ goes into Winter hibernation
The raft known locally as ‘Wendy’ was taken from its moorings at Wicklow harbour on Wednesday morning, now the swimming season has ended and winter approaches. The raft along with the wooden platform on the North pier will now be put into storage by Wicklow County Council until next summer

The Chartered ‘Emerald Isle Express’ approaches Wicklow shortly after noon on Monday. The train was on an eight-day tour of Ireland and the first leg was from Dublin to Rosslare. The passengers were transported to Waterford by road for an overnight stay and dinner in a luxury hotel, they would rejoin the train the next day and continue the journey.
The locomotive hauling the train was 073, a GM 071 class engine built in the mid-1970s in the USA. It is painted in Irish Rail retro colours that were a common sight on the line before diesel railcars were introduced in the past twenty years. I believe the tour is limited to 50 passengers. For more details about the 2018 tour click here

The mussel trawler RONA arriving  at Wicklow harbour on Monday evening. She was joined a short time later by the larger Emerald Gratia alongside the North pier. They sailed early the next morning.


Wicklow all-weather lifeboat RNLB Annie Blaker races south on Sunday afternoon to assist a swimmer in difficulty at Brittas Bay Beach. The Inshore lifeboat crew had launched minutes earlier and located the man on the beach. He was handed over to Paramedics and  was reported to be ok after his ordeal.

Rescue 116 (EI-ICG) returns over Wicklow bay after the swimmer was located and safe. It is possible they were tasked to another incident at the Sugarloaf.

Burhou 1 sailing from Wicklow port on Thursday evening after unloading round timber from Port Ellen. Her next port of call was Kilroot to load road salt.

The Irish Rail Dublin Connolly – Rosslare Europort morning service is seen passing the Six Mile Point on Tuesday morning. The scenic line skirts the coast from Greystones, before moving inland at Wicklow and on towards Wexford.

A Ryanair Boeing 737-800 aircraft transits north over Wicklow bay on Tuesday afternoon, as  it begins approach for Dublin airport. The low cost carrier is in the news this week as passengers find out hundreds of flights will be cancelled over the next few weeks. The Airline has cited pilot rostering problems as the cause. Later news reports suggested cancellations might continue into the new year.

Ayress arriving at Wicklow port from Ardcastle, Loch Fyne on Monday afternoon with a cargo of round timber.

Irish Ferries chartered ferry Epsilon passes Wicklow harbour on Saturday afternoon on her weekend run to Cherbourg. During the week the ferry runs between Dublin and Holyhead. The ferry company is currently having a new ship built and is expected to be introduced on the Irish Sea corridor next year. I have seen a Social media campaign inviting the public to come up with a name for the vessel.

Emerald Gratia motors north off Wicklow port after dredging for mussel near Blainroe on Friday morning, l think she might have discharged the mussel at Warrenpoint – open for correction. The ship on the horizon is the 1995 built MV Rms Rahm ex Boeran,  over the past few months she has delivered Scottish round timber to Youghal and Rosslare. She took over the weekly run from the Raba, which finished earlier in the Summer and l don’t know if she is to  return.

Air Corps Agusta Westland 139 helicopter ‘AW 274’ transits north along the Wicklow coast on Friday afternoon. The photo was taken from Wicklow head.

The mussel trawler Maria eases alongside Rona at the North pier, The vessels moored overnight and departed early the next morning.


The cruise line Saga Pearl II heads north through Wicklow bay on Thursday morning. She had departed from Cobh the night before and was heading for Killybegs. The beam trawler Bridget Carmel also had just sailed from Wicklow.

The mussel trawlers were hard at work again on Thursday morning dredging south of Blainroe. The photograph was taken at Wicklow head, which is the most easterly point on the coast.

Mussel trawlers at work south of Blainroe on Wednesday morning, l counted about twelve boats all together.

The mussel trawler Emerald Gratia arrives at Wicklow harbour on Tuesday afternoon. She would moor overnight at the North pier.

The Westport registered Emerald Gratia was joined later by the Rona at the North pier. From the flags we know the crew will be cheering for Mayo in the coming All Ireland Football Final on Sunday at Croke Park. Both vessels departed early next morning. Sadly Mayo were beaten by the Dubs that Sunday – and that concludes my first ever sports report on Wicklow Maritime!

The containership Bg Rotterdam is a regular sight in Wicklow bay, as she maintains a weekly link between Dublin and mainland Europe. These feeder ships bring containers to major ports like Rotterdam for onward transportation on larger vessels all over the world. The ship is seen southbound out of Dublin on Wednesday afternoon.

The Kurkse maintains regular links between Warrenpoint, Dublin, Cardiff and Avonmouth in the Bristol Channel. She has also called to Wicklow port in the past with a cargo of packaged timber. She is seen southbound off Wicklow head on Wednesday afternoon.

Air Corps Cessna FR172H ‘Romeo 203’ transits over Wicklow harbour on Wednesday afternoon. The light utility aircraft have been a familiar sight and sound over Wicklow airspace since the early 1970s. For more details about these aircraft visit

Concrete is poured to fill voids at the East pier on Tuesday afternoon. The work is expected to continue until the end of the month weather permitting. Public access to the pier is restricted during the ongoing work.

A diver gives the thumbs up as concrete is poured into the East pier.

Monday turned out to be a busy day at the port with Burhou 1 and Ayress discharing Scottish round timber and Elbetor arriving to load out scrap metal. The two timber ships arrived on Sunday evening within a few hours of each other and tied up alongside.

Burhou 1 discharged her cargo first and departed around 9.30am heading north. The Ayress then moved alongside the Packet pier to discharge a larger cargo. She completed discharge and sailed after 3.30pm that afternoon.

Elbetor motors towards the harbour entrance after taking a pilot. The coaster had arrived the day before and went to  anchor overnight in the bay.

Elbetor approaches the Packet pier berth after swinging in the harbour. She would load out scrap metal for the Mersey.

Work continues on the East pier on Friday afternoon, they are putting shuttering down at the moment and all going well they plan to begin pouring concrete next week.

The Irish Navel Service’s LÉ Samuel Beckett departs from Wicklow bay on Thursday morning to resume operations. For more details about the Naval Service visit the website here

Burhou 1 eases around Marne at teatime on Thursday, as she makes her way up river to the North quay berth, to unload another cargo of round timber from Scotland.

Nice late evening reflections on the river as Burhou I discharges round timber on the last offical day of the meteorological summer 2017.

Marne arrives from Birkenhead on Wednesday afternoon, her first call to Wicklow was in March 2012 when she also loaded scrap metal, she called on one more occasion over the years.

Scot Leader leaves the port stern first on Wednesday after discharging a part cargo of timber.

Marne arrives from Birkenhead shortly before 6pm as Scot Leader departs for Warrenpoint. The photograph was taken from the Greenhill Carpark on Wednesday evening.

LÉ Samuel Beckett (P61) motors into the bay on Wednesday evening to anchor overnight.

LÉ Samuel Beckett is a Samuel Beckett-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) of the Irish Naval Service. The ship was built by Babcook Marine and launched at Appledore, Devon in November 2013 . She was commissioned in May 2014.

Scot Leader approaches the port on Tuesday afternoon with a part cargo of packaged timber from Varberg. In the past skiffs would race out to sea to meet an approaching cargo vessel , the first crew to reach the ship would bring it into the harbour and discharge the cargo. It was a tough way to make a living.

This is Scot Leader’s second visit to the port since being aquired by Scot-Line. She was built in 2007 as the Odertal.

A Cessna 185E Skywagon light aircraft (NI85ZA) transits north over Wicklow bay on Monday afternoon.

The replica sailing ship La Grace paid an unexpected visit to Wicklow harbour on Monday afternoon. The ship recently transited the Caladonian canal and Loch Ness on her way to France after taking part in the 2017 Tall Ships Race in the Baltic.

La Grace goes alongside the East pier on Monday afternoon. The ship was built in Egypt and was launched in 2010. She is possibly the first vessel under the Czech Republic flag to visit the port.

La Grace seen from the Greenhill Scenic carpark. For more details about the vessel visit the website here

The ship departed after 8pm this evening heading south for France. The crew enjoyed a hearty meal on deck before sailing. Not long after she departed Wicklow all-weather lifeboat RNLB Annie Blaker  launched to search for two over due kayakers. Thankfully they were located  near Wicklow head and landed safely ashore by the lifeboat volunteers.

Mv Tina departs after discharging a part cargo of packaged timber on Friday afternoon.

Pollux arrives at Wicklow harbour on Thursday morning to load a cargo of Glass cullet.Loading was completed and she departed for Liverpool on the high tide this afternoon.

Isis arrived from Scotland on Thursday afternoon to unload a cargo of round timber at the Packet pier. Thebeam trawler Bridget Carmel is also seen at the North quay.

Improvement and strengthening works began on the East pier on Monday with the arrival of the engineering company Dive & Marine Construction. Divers have begun to carry out surveys along the seabed around the pier. The photograph was taken on Wednesday morning.

The liner Caribbean Princess motors north off the Wicklow coast on Sunday morning. The 290metre cruiser built in 2004 was bound for Dublin port after a call at Cobh.

Isis (1978/674grt, ex Deer Sound/1994 ex David Dorman/1989)  arrives from Corpach on Sunday afternoon in the rain with a cargo of Scottish round timber. She discharged the next day and sailed for Kilroot near Belfast to load road salt. Earlier Wicklow RNLI inshore lifeboat had assisted in the medivac of an injured person from a yacht in the harbour. The person was taken from the vessel and landed at the slip near the Sailing Club, to meet a waiting ambulance. She wish the person a speedy recovery.

Velox departed on Thursday evening south with a cargo of scrap metal for Avonmouth.

Faversham Shippings Velox ( 2000/ 2548grt , ex Flinterlinge/2013  ex Lingedijk/2005) arrives from Silloth on Wednesday morning to load out a cargo of scrap metal at the Packet pier.


MV Ceg Cosmos (1983/1139grt ex Elizabeth/2007)  arrives off Wicklow port on Saturday evening with a cargo of round timber from Scotland. The ship docked at the Packet pier on arrival.


The liner Ocean Majesty heads south for Fowey after a call at Dublin, she is seen passing the racing yacht CV28 near the South India Buoy this afternoon. She is one of twelve boats on the way from Gosport to Liverpool ahead of the start of the Clipper Around the World Yacht race, which begins on 20th August.  All the yachts are identical and the yacht crews will endure a year long 40, 000 mile race around the Globe.

The BIM inshore research vessel T Burke seen at the East pier on Friday evening. The boat is conducting the annual mussel survey along the Wicklow coast at the moment. If the areas are opened, we will see the arrival of mussel trawlers.

The sailing ship Pheonix leaves Wicklow bay early on the Bank holiday Monday morning after anchoring overnight. The ship operated by Square Sails in Cornwall  has featured in many films over the years. She was built by Hjorne & Jakobsen at Frederikshavn, Denmark in 1929. For more details visit the website here

We were delighted to meet the Ireland 360 crew as they set out from Wicklow harbour on Monday morning. The team are on an epic challenge to circumnavigate Ireland by Personal Water Craft in aid of Help for Heroes and the RNLI Lifeboats. Rory Mackenzie, who lost his leg in Iraq, will attempt to become the first one legged man to achieve this accompanied by Neil Laughton, Mark Shoosmith and Tim Maw. The team are being followed onshore by a dedicated logistics crew.

The crew were heading south for a refueling stop at Courtown, before continuing to Kilmore Quay. We wish Rory and crew every success as they tour the Emerald Isle. (The crew completed the circumnavigation and we are delighted Rory achieved his goal)

The Wicklow Rowing Club Regatta took place on the Bank Holiday Monday in  San Diego county . Luckily the weather was kind, with only a few scattered showers through the afternoon. The rowing regatta signals the end of the Regatta festival – one of the oldest Festivals in Ireland today.

Wicklow RNLI Lifeboat ‘Annie Blaker’ (47-035) seen in Wicklow bay during the Rowing Regatta. The RNLI has been in Wicklow since 1857 and is funded entinerly by public contribution.
The sailing vessel Brian Boru arrives at Wicklow during the skiff races on Monday evening. She tied up overnight at the East pier. For more details about the vessel click here

An Irish Rail 071 class locomotive (077) was brought in to haul a special train to Enniscorthy on August Bank holiday Sunday morning.  Steam Locomotive WT CLASS 2-6-4T No.4 was allocated to haul the train, but was replaced by the diesel at short notice. It is seen approaching Wicklow in the rain .

The Wicklow Regatta Raft Race went ahead on Sunday afternoon, this year the course went from the Parnell bridge down river and ended at the north beach instead of up river. It went very well and was only marred by the persistant rain. Well done to the small volunteer committee who keep the festival alive each year.

Crown Mary (2010/2622grt) approaches  Wicklow port from the south to unload a part cargo of packaged timber. The Peikko (1983/1521grt ex Sabine L /1998 ex Rms Germania /1995 ex Sabine L /1992) had arrived earlier on Wednesday morning from Drogheda, she would dock later the same evening to load scrap metal once Crown Mary had vacated the Packet berth.