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Blackhead Lighthouse in Carrickfergus
A Northern Ireland fisherman who landed a blue lobster last week says it was a “one in two million” shot, as Belfast Live reports. Stuart Brown made the marine wildlife discovery of his lifetime on Friday (3 February) while hauling…
Rosslare Europort - Overall freight in the past two years has grown cumulatively by 53% with a 398% increase in continental trade, Iarnród Éireann, port authority for the Co Wexford harbour, said in a statement.
Rosslare Europort says it recorded further growth last year, with over 200,000 freight units passing through the port for the first time in its history. Overall freight in the past two years has grown cumulatively by 53% with a 398%…
Ireland’s first “hydrogen valley” will be established in Galway port
The EU is giving 8 million euros to set up Ireland’s first “hydrogen valley” in Galway port as one of nine such projects across Europe. The EU funding is a significant boost for the multi-million euro green energy scheme, which…
Shore-power: British Ports Association welcomes the UK Government’s new £77m Zero Emission Vessels and Infrastructure (ZEVI) competition.
The British Ports Association (BPA) has welcomed the UK Government’s new £77m Zero Emission Vessels and Infrastructure (ZEVI) competition, which was launched yesterday. BPA research has found that no shore power project anywhere in the world has gone ahead without…
A teenage student, Harry Besley is planning to travel on an 'electric' rigid inflatble boat  (RIB) to locations with a 'Round Britain' tour to promote alternative to fossil-fuelled boats. The project calls to accelerate the need for eBoat charging and for the industry to invest in appropriate boat designs.
A student is to visit the Isle of Man as part of a Round Britain tour using an 'electric' rigid inflatable boat (RIB) rather than a traditional outboard engine. The tour will be a World Record attempt to travel around…
The second of two 6,000dwt LNG dual-fuel tankers, Lady Maria Fisher trading for James Fisher Everard (JFE) has entered service and is currently transporting vegetable oil from Vietnam to Europe, so to be processed into bio-diesel. JSE operate a fleet of tankers among them Corrib Fisher, Afloat adds, which has regularly called to the Port of Galway bringing petroleum products from Whitegate Oil Refinery, Cork Harbour.
A second 6,000dwt LNG dual-fuel tanker for James Fisher and Sons plc based in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria on the Irish Sea has been delivered. The newbuild Lady Maria Fisher will be traded by James Fisher Everard (JFE) alongside its existing fleet…
Squib racing at the Kinsale Yacht Club Frostbite Series 2023
Cinnamon Girl, the two-handed cruiser crew of Sam Hunt and Cian McCarthy, sailed the Squib, Breakaway, to first place in the first race of Sunday’s Custom Rigging Frostbite Series at Kinsale Yacht Club. This was the second day of racing,…
St Bridget emerges onto the Liffey from Dublin's Grand Canal Dock basin's Buckingham Lock, following a winter-layover. The 96 passenger Dublin Bay Cruises vessel departed Dublin Port to Dun Laoghaire Harbour from where it is based for the forthcoming season. In the background Naomh Éanna (blue cover on wheelhouse) a former Aran Islands freight/ferry which recently became partially submerged in a graving dry-dock that was built more than 200 years ago.
Dublin Bay Cruises St. Bridget which departed the capital and headed across the scenic bay to neighbouring Dun Laoghaire Harbour from where it is based, is preparing for another busy season, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 96 passenger vessel (spelt St.…
Spirit of France has returned onto the Dover-Calais route boosting sailing frequency using four ferries.  Above is Spirit of Britian, the twin of UK-France ferry, which are currently the biggest ever to operate the route until larger newbuilds enter service this year.
The operator P&O Ferries which has routes on the Irish Sea, North Sea and the Strait of Dover has reintroduced one of its ferries onto the short sea route to Calais. As KentOnline reports, the ferry Spirit of France which…
MSC Group to operate new container feeder service linking Dublin and Cork with mainland Europe through ports in France and Belgium
Major global container shipping operator the MSC Group is to launch a new direct 'feeder' service connecting Dublin Port and the Port of Cork to mainland Europe, writes Jehan Ashmore. The new weekly service to Dublin and Cork is to link…
The first foreign naval ship to visit Ireland this year involved the UK Royal Navy minehunter HMS Brocklesby which this morning arrived to Dublin Port where the vessel will remain until Monday.
HMS Brocklesby became the first foreign naval ship to visit Ireland this year with an arrival in Dublin Port this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. The visit of the UK Royal Navy minehunter in the Irish capital also takes place during…
Ageing fleet: CalMac have been forced to redeploy ferries elsewhere on the network which includes the Isle of Arran route on the Firth of Clyde which is affected as the service normally operated by Caledonian Isles is out of service due to several issues.
CalMac, the Scottish government owned ferry company have been forced to redeploy ferries elsewhere on the network to cope with two of their 14 ships being sidelined to passengers. The affected ferries is the 38-year-old MV Hebridean Isles along with the…
Shipyard group, H&W formally signed a subcontract with Spain's Navantia as part of a £1.6bn deal to deliver three Fleet Solid Support (FSS) naval vessels to the UK's MoD. It's expected to generate £700m-£800m in revenue for H&W over its duration with significant investment at the famous Belfast shipyard.
Shipyard group Harland & Wolff has formally signed a sub-contract with Navantia, the Spanish state-owned shipbuilder which is to deliver three Fleet Solid Support (FSS) naval ships to the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD). Harland & Wolff said the FSS…
Seatruck which last year was acquired by CLdN, recently announced in ceasing bookings for car based passengers and motorhomes on their Irish Sea freight routes that are now focused solely on such customers. Above Seatruck Point with a new livery albeit only with a change of funnel colours reflecting the new owners of the large European ro-ro freight operator.
Seatruck Ferries which last year was acquired by Compagnie Luxembourgouise de Navigation (CLdN) has recently announced in ceasing bookings for car based passengers and motorhome customers on their Irish Sea freight routes, writes Jehan Ashmore. Over the years, Seatruck Ferries…
The ESPO conference is to be held this year in Bremen during 1-2 June amd will represent the European port industry and community.
In four months time the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) is gathering in Bremen,Germany for the 19th edition of its annual Conference during 1-2 June. The conference is the annual highlight of the European port industry and community as ESPO…
Gearbox failure on newbuild Manxman has delayed delivery of the vessel which is seen during an earlier stage of construciton at a shipyard in South Korea.
The managing director of the Isle of Man Steam Packet has discussed a problem found during sea trials of the Manx operator's new ferry built in a shipyard in Asia.  The Island will have to wait longer to see the newbuild…

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.”