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Kinsale Yacht Club Marina in County Cork is one of nine Irish marinas to retain Blue Flag status in 2024
Ten Irish marinas were awarded a Blue Flag in Ireland in 2023, nine of these have retained Blue Flag status for the coming season. The Blue Flag awarded to Greencastle Marina in 2023 was withdrawn by Donegal County Council in…
A junior coaching session at Sutton Dinghy Club on Dublin Bay
Dublin Bay's Sutton Dinghy Club, located on Strand Road, Sutton, Dublin 13, is currently on the lookout for a passionate and dynamic Sailing Centre Manager to join their team. Established in 1940, the club has a rich history and a…
Dedicated Carrickfergus Sailing Club member Terry Windsor (left) with club Commodore Graham Skelton
For Terry Windsor of Carrickfergus Sailing Club on the north shore of Belfast Lough, awards come in twos. Last year, he received an award from East Antrim Borough Council for Services to Sport in recognition of 28 years of service…
The breeze died and filled in again as the Schull Harbour Sailing Club fleet competed in the second race of the club's May League for the 'Genaveve Plate' in West Cork
The second race of the May league for the 'Genaveve Plate' was raced at Schull Harbour Sailing Club in West Cork on Saturday in near 'tropical' conditions, according to organisers. The fleet started downwind from the harbour line in a…
SSE Renewables has withdrawn from a consortium to build a hydrogen gas hub in the Port of Galway
SSE Renewables has confirmed that it has withdrawn from a consortium to build a hydrogen gas hub in the Port of Galway. The renewables company, which owns the Galway Wind Park, among other projects, was a lead partner in the…
The third race of Kinsale Yacht Club's La Bougie Midweek Cruiser-Racer Series on May 15th presented challenging conditions for sailors. Easterly winds, gusting up to 15 knots, tested their skills. In the Class One IRC category, Finbarr O’Regan’s J109 Artful…
A screenshot from a social media video showing the unmanned seven-metre RIB  prior to it crashing into local boats in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Thursday evening
Investigations are underway at Dun Laoghaire Harbour to determine how and why an unmanned pleasure craft went 'out of control' on Thursday evening (May 16th) and damaged neighbouring boats in the inner Coal Harbour area. Social media footage captured the…
Light winds for Denis & Mary O'Brien Citroen Car Sales sponsored ''Thank Goodness It's Friday'' Series at Kinsale
With two race wins, David Riome's Sigma 33 Valfreya is the White Sails IRC 1 leader on seven points after three races sailed at Kinsale Yacht Club's Friday night Denis & Mary O'Brien Citroen Car Sales sponsored ''Thank Goodness It's Friday''…
Colonel Blair Mayne SAS (and later of Royal Ulster YC) with his best mate, getting into battle mood in the North African desert during World War II of 1939-45. Anyone who gets along well with a Jack Russell terrier, while looking so very like superstar actor Liam Neeson before Neeson was born, must have had some redeeming features - even if he was a danger to all when partying in a new kitchen
County Clare is a place unto itself and a magic if challenging coastline for boats, bounded as it is by the Atlantic to the west, Galway Bay to the north, Galway County to the northeast, Lough Derg and the Shannon…
Women make up less than 2% of seafarers worldwide, an International Maritime Organisation has heard
The International Maritime Organisation, the United Nations agency for the sea, has called for more involvement by women in the world’s maritime operations, marking today’s International Day for Women in the Maritime sphere. Its Secretary-General, Arsenio Dominguez, says that, currently,…
Fleet movements: One of the Irish Ferries trio of vessels on the Dover-Calais route, the Isle of Innisfree, is to transfer to Rosslare-Pembroke when Spirit of Britain (to be renamed) is introduced on the Dover-Calais route in June. The ‘Spirit’ class cruise ferry is to boost capacity on the busy UK-France short-sea trade link in competition with P&O Ferries and DFDS. In the meantime, as Afloat previously reported, Irish Ferries fast-ferry Dublin Swift resumed its'seasonal’ service on the Dublin-Holyhead route today.
Irish Ferries bareboat charter and acquisition of Spirit of Britain, which served P&O Ferries Dover-Calais service, will lead to the Irish operator’s transfer of Isle of Innisfree from the UK-France link to their Rosslare-Pembroke route, writes Jehan Ashmore. The changes…
The popular Sandycove beach near Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay. Bathing water quality monitoring at Sandycove and other beaches around the coast takes place during the bathing water season (June 1st to  September 15th) according to the Environmental Protection Agency
Bathing water quality around the Irish coast was high overall last year, with 97 per cent of monitored sites meeting or exceeding the minimum standard, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says. The EPA says that some 114 bathing sites (77…
Harland and Wolff has said negotiations with the UK government are continuing
The shipyard owner of Belfast’s Harland and Wolff Group has denied that the UK government has refused to give the group a £200m loan guarantee which is seen as crucial to the yard’s future. As The Times newspaper reported on…
North Channel twins Stena Superfast VII (pictured on Loch Ryan) and Stena Superfast VIII will be retrofitted with methanol propulsion, which will see the Belfast-Cairnryan pair after the conversion project transferred to LR class.
Following the successful methanol conversion of the Scandinavian cruise ferry Stena Germanica in 2015, Lloyd’s Register (LR) and Stena Line will work in partnership on a project to retrofit two North Channel fast ro-ro vessels with methanol propulsion. According to…
Cellist Naomi Berrill at Galway Bay will play at Galway’s Cellissimo 2024 festival this weekend
Marine experts have joined with musicians for a collaborative project as part of Galway’s Cellissimo 2024 festival this weekend. “Galway Bay Is Calling” is the title of a project by cellist and composer Naomi Berrill which she has worked on…
The Port of Cork Company in partnership with the RNLI hosted over 100 secondary and primary school students at the port in Ringaskiddy on Wednesday (15 May) for a “Student Safe” water safety
The Port of Cork Company in partnership with the RNLI hosted over 100 secondary and primary school students at the port in Ringaskiddy on Wednesday (15 May) for a “Student Safe” water safety event to promote heightened awareness of water…

As an island economy, a healthy maritime sector is key to our national competitiveness. Virtually all our imports and exports pass through Irish ports.

Ireland is dependent on ports and shipping services to transport goods and 90% of our trade is moved though Irish ports. Shipping and maritime transport services make a significant contribution to Ireland’s ocean economy, with the sector generating €2.3 billion in turnover and employing over 5,000 people in 2018.

Ireland’s maritime industry continues to grow and progress each year with Irish ports and shipping companies making significant investments. The ports sector in Ireland is currently undergoing a number of expansions and developments with Dublin Port’s Alexandra Basin development, the development of Ringaskiddy in Cork by Port of Cork and the development of Shannon Foynes Port. Along with these major investments, shipping companies are also investing heavily in new tonnage, with Irish Ferries, CLdN and Stena leading new build programmes.

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.

Liam Lacey, Director of the Marine Institute’s Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) said, “The Irish maritime industry can look to the future with confidence. It has shown itself to be resilient and agile in responding to challenges. Over the past decade, it has had to respond to the challenges of the financial crisis of 2008, the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and recent challenges. Ireland’s maritime sector has continued to underpin our economy by maintaining vital shipping links for both trade and tourism.”