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The Oliver family, David, Daria, Ciaran, Sean and Martin who are instrumental in Galway's maritime environment and founding members of Galway Hooker Sailing Club, at the Loveen
Where else in the world would you hear yourself being addressed as Loveen but in Galway - and that's the name of a 96-year-old gleoiteog which is being blessed today (Oct 16) in the Claddagh Basin. The historic vessel which…
The General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) responsible for the waters off England, Wales & Channel Islands, Trinity House last month secured UK Ministerial approval to launch for the tender process of its Vessel Replacement Project.This will see the disposal of the ageing THV Patricia, dating to 1982 and representing as AFLOAT adds the last of the 'traditional' designed aids to navigation tenders where operations are conducted between the bridge and the bow. Above the handsome well proportioned ship captured by AFLOAT arrives on a rare call in Dun Laoghaire Harbour (East Pier) with in the background Irish Lights tender, ILV Granuaile in Dynamic Positioning (DP) mode while off the port's western bight.
The General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales and Channel Islands, Trinity House which has a project to commission the design and build of a vessel to replace THV Patricia has reached a major milestone following UK Ministerial approval to…
The winter lift-out of sailing cruisers gets underway in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Saturday, October 16th
Over sixty yachts and cruisers will be hauled out of the water at Dun Laoghaire Harbour tomorrow as the 2021 summer season ends at Ireland's biggest boating centre.  The National Yacht Club and neighbouring Royal St. George YC will lift…
The UK Royal Navy's HMS Grimsby, a Mine Counter Measures Vessel (MCMV) is making a visit to an Irish Port (Dublin) the first RN vessel to do so since Covid-19 struck more than 18 months ago.  The Sandown class minehunter (launched in 2008) with crew of 38 departed from the Firth of Clyde with an overnight crossing through the Irish Sea.
HMS Grimsby (M108) became the first UK Royal Navy vessel to visit an Irish Port since the pandemic started, when the minehunter sailed overnight from Scotland to arrive in Dublin Port this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Royal Navy Minehunter HMS Grimsby,…
Cormac Kennedy, Head of Property at Dublin Port Company with Declan Freeman, Managing Director of ICG’s Container at the new €48m Dublin Inland Port which Dublin Port Company opens in November and where DFT is the first company awarded a licence to operate at the state-of-the-art logistics facility in North Dublin. DFT will relocate its current empty depot business to Dublin Inland Port from its container terminal in Dublin Port.
Dublin Port Company (DPC) has today announced that Dublin Inland Port will open in early November 2021, with Dublin Ferryport Terminals (DFT) confirmed as the first company licenced to begin operating at the state-of-the-art facility in North Dublin. The move…
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Commodore, Sandy Rimmington
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club is based in the inner part of Cork Harbour and is buzzing with the start of its October League and, says Club Commodore, Sandy Rimmington, a revival of the 5O5 fleet and a plan to expand…
The luxury Baltic Sea cruise-ferry, MS Romantika yesterday heads up the Firth of Clyde bound for Glasgow where the ship will be docked during COP26 so to house delegates. The ferry Afloat adds, asides working on charter, normally plied between Sweden and Latvia, though due to Covid, services has been suspended since March, 2020.
The first of two large Baltic Sea cruise ferries which arrived yesterday (13 Oct) on the River Clyde is set to house COP26 delegates in Glasgow. The cruise ferry that called to the Scottish city was MS Romantika which has docked…
The UK Ship repair and ship building specialist A&P Group (Tyne, Tees & Falmouth) has appointed Eddie Purves as its new group managing director. Above the cruiseship (Adonia previously with P&O Cruises) in dry-dock at the group's facility in Falmouth, Cornwall.
The UK ship repair and ship building specialist the A&P Group has announced the appointment of its new group managing director. Eddie Purves takes the lead of A&P’s three facilities located on the Tyne, Tees and Falmouth, following more than…
Ros a Mhíl - A Strategic Hub for the Development and Support of the Offshore Wind Industry on the West Coast of Ireland says a new report
The south Connemara harbour of Ros an Mhíl could become a strategic hub for the floating offshore wind sector with potential for 900 jobs, according to a new report. The report, commissioned by Údarás na Gaeltachta and presented to Minister…
Greystones Harbour J122 Kaya
The East Coast Cruisers Zero competition just got tougher with the news that a third J122 may be joining the Dublin fleet later this year.  In 2021, Chris Power Smith's top ISORA offshore performer J122 Aurelia from the Royal St.…
Cian McCarthy's Sunfast 3300 Cinnamon Girl, debuted at Kinsale Harbour in 2020
Ireland will have a second Jeanneau Sunfast 3300 for next season's offshore yacht racing calendar. As regular Afloat readers know, the first of the new range, Cian McCarthy's Cinnamon Girl, debuted at Kinsale Harbour in 2020 but this second one, a…
Britains Biggest 'Box' Port: Maersk, the world's largest container shipping company, has diverted some vessels away from the English Port of Felixstowe, which handles 36% of the UK's containerised freight. Above: Mette Maersk an E-class (18,000TEU) containership berthed at the east coast port in Suffolk on the North Sea, where Afloat adds global trade routes include the major Europe-Asia services via the Suez Canal.
The British Government said today that people should buy normally for Christmas and that there would be no shortage of gifts after shipping containers carrying toys and electrical goods were diverted from the UK's biggest port because it was full.…
Northern Ireland Protocal: Freight lorries on board a ferry bound for Belfast during a crossing of the North Channel from Scotland.
According to BBC News, the EU is to set out proposals later to address the row about trade in Northern Ireland. The UK wants to change the deal struck as part of the Brexit process to allow goods to circulate…
The dolphins were accompanied out of the shallow water by local boats including the RNLI lifeboat in the Crosshaven Harbour, four or five times, as the tide was going out
Four boats, including a Port of Cork RIB, a kayak and the local RNLI, were involved in Tuesday morning's dolphin rescue in Crosshaven in Cork Harbour that eventually saw two small dolphins escorted safely back to sea. The dolphins were…
The Islandmagee project is a proposed salt cavern gas storage facility located on Islandmagee in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
A gas storage project, located off the coast of Northern Ireland, has been awarded a Marine Construction Licence, giving it the green light to proceed towards construction. Islandmagee Energy’s gas storage project will initially unlock seven much-needed gas storage caverns.…
The restored trading ketch Ilen floodlit off the modern section of the Limerick waterfront to launch Mental Health Week in her home city
The Ilen Marine School's 56ft-restored trading ketch Ilen of 1926 vintage is already renowned for her good work when taking part in the Sailing Into Wellness programme. It's one of the ship's many interests that were vividly high-lighted at her…

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.”

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