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Ferries and cruise boats are sailing out of lockdown around Ireland, among them the restored direct service of the Galway City-Aran Islands (Inis Mór) route. Above in the centre, AFLOAT's adds is the newbuild fast-passenger ferry, Saoirse na Farraige, which will launch the route across Galway Bay on 4 June.
The largest domestic passenger ferry is among the vessels setting sail around the country as restrictions ease. Aran Island Ferries’ 400-seater Saoirse na Farraige will launch with a new Galway (Harbour) City to Inis Mór route on June 4, two…
Skellig Michael - The re-opening in June is “provisional”, but the 15 licensed ferry operators are optimistic that visits will be permitted.
Skellig Michael ferry operators are hoping that the UNESCO world heritage site may re-open to visitors from mid-June. As The Times Ireland edition reports, the sixth-century monastic site off the Kerry coast was closed to all visitors last year due…
Atlantic Action Plan Pillar I workshop graphic
Digitisation of port operations is the topic of the first in a new series of three workshops under Pillar I of the Atlantic Action Plan: ports as gateways and hubs for the blue economy. The Current Status and Future Direction…
CLdN, has chartered two additional RoRo vessels to increase sailings between Ireland and mainland Europe, increasing from eight to ten in each direction, on a weekly basis. An additional chartered vessel and previously announced Cadena 3, have been chartered to cover this expansion. This will prepare the way for the introduction of further newbuilds arriving in Q4 2021, which have the benefit of offering dual fuel propulsion (LNG).
European freight-ferry specialist, CLdN has chartered two additional RoRo vessels to increase sailings between the Continent and Ireland, increasing from eight to ten in each direction, on a weekly basis. As MultiModal.org reports, the additional chartered vessel and previously announced Cadena…
Water sports, culture and heritage themes dominate the Strategic Local Objectives for Dun Laoghaire identified in the draft development plan for the county.
Without the prospect of a major commercial development, as had been proposed by the now-defunct Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, the debate as to the future use of Dun Laoghaire Harbour is very much now focussed on its use as a…
Aerial view of rowing teams from St Patrick's Rowing Club on the water
Dublin Port Company has hailed the return to the water of its neighbour rowing clubs St Patrick’s and Stella Maria with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions for under-18s partaking in sports. “It is great to see, even in these challenging…
A ferry berthed at VT4, one of Belfast Harbour's terminals.
Ministers in Stormont, BBC News writes, have been urged to change guidance for travel after restrictions were relaxed in England. Twelve international destinations are on a green travel list for people in England, meaning anyone returning will not need to…
Coastal car ferry service on Carlingford Lough is set to recommence next Saturday, 15 May. The ferry, Afloat adds is Aisling Gabrielle which links Greenore, Co Louth (above) and Greencastle, Co Down.
The coastal ferry service across Carlingford Lough is set to recommence next weekend with the easing of lockdown. As The Irish News reports, the service, between Greenore in Co.Louth and Greencastle in Co.Down, has not been operational since last March.…
The spirit of Irish sailing – Ian Hickey's veteran Granada 38 Cavatina (Royal Cork YC) making a perfectly-timed start in the Dun Laoghaire-Dingle race. A successful participant in Fastnet, Round Ireland, Dingle and AZAB races, Cavatina is in the entry list for this year's Dingle Race on June 9th
The welcome announcement that the National Yacht Club's biennial 280-mile Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race 2021 will be going ahead on Wednesday, June 9th, is encouraging. But it should not be seen as a clarion call to get the 2021…
Government in UK Still 'Identifying' Customs Site at Port of Holyhead for Already Delayed Post-Brexit Checks. Above existing freight booth check-ins for rival operators, Irish Ferries and Stena Line.
The government in the UK says it is “currently identifying” a suitable location for a customs facility near the ferry Port of Holyhead in preparation for already delayed checks on EU traffic. Exports to the EU from Britain have been…
File image of the Thomas Clarke Bridge (East-Link) across the River Liffey at Dublin Port
Due to necessary maintenance works, the Thomas Clarke Bridge at Dublin Port will need to remain in the upright position overnight from 11pm tonight, Thursday 6 May until 6am tomorrow, Friday 7 May. Dublin Port appeals for motorists to use…
Paul Grant Stena Line's Trade Director for the Irish Sea
Irish Ferries and Stena Line, the two key players in Ireland’s ferry industry, are today calling for the reopening of the Common Travel Area (CTA) at the earliest opportunity. They also welcome comments made last week by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar,…
Captain Ken Minehane who has been appointed second-in-charge of the Naval Service. AFLOAT adds above Capt. Minehane, at the commissioning and naming ceremony of LÉ Samuel Beckett in Dublin, May 2014. The Captain oversaw the building of the €50m OPV90 /'Beckett' leadship series in the UK at Appledore Shipyard, Devon, and in that same year, he was promoted to the rank of Commander.
A native of Co. Cork, who played a pivotal role in a multi-national operation to save tens of thousands of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea has been appointed second-in-command of the Naval Service. Ken Minehane, who joined the navy in…
(L-R) Conor O'Dowd, CEO, Galway Harbour Company & Maurice O'Gorman, Chairperson, Galway Harbour Company
Port of Galway harbourmaster Capt Brian Sheridan has said Galway could become a stage for the America's Cup yacht race in the future. The harbourmaster was commenting as the port outlined its vision for a new “urban quarter” with a…
Capt Hugh Conlon, Shannon Foynes harbourmaster
The Aberdeen of the Irish Atlantic rim – that’s the potential future for Shannon Foynes, the State’s second port after Dublin. It faces an exciting future, with ESB’s Moneypoint site in County Clare to be transformed into a green energy…
The new pontoon will increase public access to the water at the West Pier in Dun Laoghaire
Ireland's largest sailing school, the Irish National Sailing School on Dublin Bay, has welcomed this week's announcement of new pontoon facilities near its base at the West Pier of Dun Laoghaire Harbour.  School Principal Alistair Rumball told Afloat "we have…

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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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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