Port information

The World at anchor in Galway Bay (c) Galway


Port of Galway (53 16’N 009 03’W)

Galway is a Tender Port. It is most central Port on the West Coast of Ireland – it is in the sheltered eastern corner of Galway Bay. Situated on the River Corrib, 53 16’N 009 03’W. British Admiralty charts 1904, 1984, 3339.
Galway has been a passenger Liner Port since before 1845 and more recently in 1922 when the regular visiting ships were of Holland America Line and Cunard. Today, Holland America Line are still calling along with Companie du Ponant, P&O Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Silver Seas, Saga, Hapag Lloyd, Princess Cruises, Ambassador Cruises, Fred Olsen, Azamara, TUI Cruises and Regent Seven Seas.

Port attractions

  1.  Medieval Galway

    Galway has lots to offer those tourist interested in the history of Galway. Its narrow medieval streets and historic churches make it an enjoyable stroll throughout the day.
  2.  Kylemore Abbey

    Located a coach ride away, Kylemore Abbey is a must see when visiting Connemara. Spectacular scenery, historic abbey with the possibility of some shopping in Clifden and Spiddeal.
  3.  Cnoc Suain

    This is a hands on interactive experience. Learn the traditional way to make and cook bread, learn a few Irish Dancing step and enjoy a cup of tea with your freshly baked soda bread.
  4.  Cliffs of Moher

    Step on to the edge of the world and into an awe-inspiring view that dreams are made of – at the Cliffs of Moher you will encounter nature in its wildest, purest form.
  5.  Ashford Castle

    A medieval castle built in 1228 and voted best hotel in the world is a delight to visit for lunch during your Port visit.
  6.  Galway City Distillery

    Tours The visitors are guided into the distillery, where they are brought on a brief tour of the process of distillation and production of Galway City Distillery Spirits including our base Gin.

Port views

The World at anchor in Galway Bay in 2013

Port facts

Nautical information

Max. Length For Berth, M:
No Restriction
Max. Draught, M:
No Restriction
More Info Draught:
Tender Port, cruise ships at anchor
Max. Air Draught, M:
No restriction
More Info Air Draught:
No. Of Quays:
Quay Length Total, M:
Quay Depth, M:
7.2m at neaps
Anchorage Available:
Anchorage Compulsory:
Passenger Terminal:
Pilotage Compulsary:
Tugs Available:
on request
Tidal Movement/range, M:
Mean Range 4.5m
Ships Tenders Allowed:
Garbage Disposal:
on request
Airport Distance, Km:
City Centre Distance, Km:


Are ships allowed burn HFO using:
✔ Closed loop
On-shore power supply to cruise vessels:
Galway is a tender Port
LNG bunkering supply to cruise vessels:
Supplying alternative fuels:
Reception Facilities for Contaminated Ballast Water:
Reception Facilities for Waste Oils:
Passengers by Source in 2023
Calls 2023

Onshore Power

Onshore Power
OPS (Onshore Power System)
Shore power within the next 5 years
Defined Compatibility Assessment process for each berth and ship combination to IEC/IEEE 80005-1
Information/documentation from the ship for the port before the first connection
Additional requirements for first-time connectio/max. duration between connections before process reapplies
Connection Time
Connection time from all fast to full operational SSE (Shore Side Electricity)
Disconnection time
Uninterrupted power supply guaranteed by shore power provider whilst connected
Restrictions / Penalties / Insurance
Weather conditions/restrictions/other limitations for safe use of SSE
Penalties in case of failure to connect by the ship: weather/itinerary changes/technical issues
Insurance covering any potential damage caused by the SSE
Port Fees
Utility standard/usage fees in addition to kWh rate
Tax/duty fees applicable
Other fees related to shore power
Useful Information
Discounts/incentives linked to shore power usage
Berthing policy linked to shore power usage
Confirmation time of the vessel for planned shore power usage before ETA

Port contacts


Brian Sheridan, Harbour Master
New Docks
H91 PD37 Galway
00 353 91 561874

Page last updated: 2023-11-08 12:11


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