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Ciara Dowling with her Volunteer Ireland Award
Dun Laoghaire Harbour sailor and Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Secretary, Ciara Dowling has been honoured for her role in the COVID-19 pandemic by Volunteer Ireland.  Ciara, who was nominated by Brad Wilmot of Serve the City charity for her role in assisting…
Covid-19: The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, if approved, is likely to be the first to arrive in the State early next year. Above: Trucks parked on an upper vehicle deck of a ferry.
Underway are plans to have Covid-19 vaccines delivered into the State by air and, if needed, by land and sea directly from mainland Europe to avoid the UK “landbridge” in case of post-Brexit delays. As The Irish Times reports, concerns…
A feeding frenzy of dolphins off Fountainstown, Co Cork
Warm water anchovies and sprat are tempting pods of dolphins, fin whales and seabirds close to the south coast this week, with feeding frenzies reported in outer Cork harbour. An estimated 50 to 60 dolphins have been sighted by several…
Irish hauliers face added complications at the Port of Calais because French authorities were "too fast" developing their electronic system to cope with Brexit according to RTE News. Above AFLOAT adds is P&O Ferries 'Darwin' class Pride of Canterbury (in freight-mode configuration only) since October according to the Port of Calais operates the link to Dover in the UK. Rival operators DFDS also serve the short-sea UK land-bridge crossing connecting mainland Europe.
Companies in Ireland exporting food to Europe using the UK land bridge will face extra complications at the Port of Calais because the French authorities were "too fast" in developing their electronic system to cope with Brexit, RTÉ News has…
European Commission is due this month to publish its proposal for reviewing the Trans European Network for Energy (TEN-E) Guidelines Regulation of 2013. Above a containership berthed in Dublin Port.
European Commission is expected in December to publish its proposal for reviewing the Trans European Network for Energy (TEN-E) Guidelines Regulation of 2013. According to the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) they welcomed the revision but in order for the…
Brexit: A new lorry customs site could be set up on the outskirts of Holyhead Port in north Wales. Above Afloat adds the main terminal compound located on Salt Island in the outer port serving ferry operators linking Dublin Port
In Holyhead there are plans for the ferry port that show "just how shambolic" UK ministers have been on Brexit claimed the First Minister of Wales.  As BBC News reports, Mark Drakeford said the UK government was "in a scramble to…
Spruce Shipped: Operator DFDS which in a month's time launches a new direct ro-ro freight ferry route between Ireland-mainland Europe (Rosslare-Dunkirk) in northern France to bypass Brexit, recently transported the iconic London Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree. The tradition of this annual gift from Norway to the UK is in recogition of strong ties during WW2. Above: Stern of DFDS ship Ficaria Seaways at the Port of Immingham in the UK from where the unique cargo of a Norway Spruce was bound for the UK capital.
Shipping giant DFDS which this date next month launches a new direct Ireland-mainland Europe ro-ro freight ferry route to bypass Brexit congestion, continued a decades old tradition in transporting from Norway a Christmas Tree to the UK, writes Jehan Ashmore…
European Sea Ports Organisation (EPSO) has welcomed the EU Parliament's Transport report which reflects well on the organisations views on upcoming TEN-T review. EPSO also recognised the strategic and complex role of Europe’s seaports and the need to put maritime on equal footing with the land modes and the call for sufficient funding.
European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed the European Parliament’s own-initiative report on the revision of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) guidelines by rapporteur Jens Gieseke (German, EPP), which was adopted yesterday, 1st December. “I would like to congratulate the…
RNLI inshore lifeboat crew and Irish Coast Guard on scene at Bullock Harbour, Dalkey on Dublin Bay
Last night Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI lifeboat station’s inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by the Irish Coast Guard to respond to reports of two missing divers near Bullock Harbour The volunteer crew of three launched swiftly into the darkness…
CalMac became the first ferry operator in the UK to receive a top industry verification for its compliance of high standard for infection risk management having worked closely with DNVGLearning the right to use their 'My Care' Readiness Mark. AFLOAT adds CalMac with 34 ferries is the the largest fleet in UK waters albeit only in Scottish seas serving West coast islands. Above: CalMac's Clyde based Argyll Flyer was the former Irish ferry 'Banrion Chonamara' which Aran Island Ferries sold almost a decade ago to Argyll Ferries but operations of their Gourock-Dunoon route transferred to CalMac last year. As Afloat previously reported, Aran Island Ferries in 2021 is to introduce Ireland's largest domestic ferry 'Saoirse na Farraige' notably using Galway Harbour.
Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) is the first ferry firm in the UK to receive a top industry verification for its infection risk management processes. The operator of Scotland's lifeline services to west coast islands has been found compliant to a high…
Rugby playersOcean rowers - Damian Browne and Fergus FarrellListen to the podcast below
Former professional rugby player and Galway adventurer Damian Browne and his lifelong friend and fellow rugby player Fergus Farrell are attempting to set a new Guinness world record in an unsupported row across the Atlantic in two years’ time. It…
Two Weekends, One Great Regatta: 2021 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Notice of Race is Published
The Notice of Race (NOR) for next July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta has been published this morning. The NOR is downloadable below as a PDF document. As regular Afloat readers will know, what is Ireland's largest regatta will now be…
Stena Embla in Weihai, China
Swedish ferry company Stena Line has officially taken ownership of its newest ferry, Stena Embla, following a handover ceremony in Weihai, China. The vessel is the third of five new next-generation E-Flexer RoPax vessels that are being constructed at the…
After much deliberation, the IOMSPCo was excited to announce their new vessel is to be called Manxman! Throughout November, the public had the opportunity to voice their preference for the name of the new purpose-built ferry to enter service in 2023. The newbuild will replace Ben-my-Chree that during a career since 1998 had served the main route, Douglas-Heysham and as AFLOAT highlights on 'seasonal' routes moreso serving on the Belfast route compared to calling to Dublin otherwise operated by a succession of fastcraft.
Manxman is the name chosen for the new Isle of Man Steam Packet Company ferry following an online public consultation. The announcement follows months of deliberation by the Manx ferry company, which in October announced a shortlist of four potential…
A major ports group in the UK, Associated British Ports (ABP) has appointed a new Divisional Port Manager for Wales & South West England. The new appointment of Simon Brown sees his role responsible for five ports in south Wales including the capital Cardiff in addition two ports in south-west England
A major ports group owner and operator in the UK, Associated British Ports (ABP) has appointed a new Divisional Port Manager for ports in south Wales and south-west England. ABP has welcomed Simon Brown for their Wales & Short Sea…
Pyewacket winner - Ben O’Shaughnessy
The highlight of Royal Cork Yacht Club's junior sailing laying up supper conducted by Zoom at the weekend was the presentation of the Club's Pyewacket Trophy to the junior sailor who best represented the RCYC in 2020. Ben O’Shaughnessy was awarded…

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.

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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.”

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