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The Coastguard Cottages at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Applicants for social and affordable housing may have the opportunity to live within a terrace of mid 19th century Coast Guard “cottages” which are being restored by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown county council. As The Sunday Independent reports, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council…
Crosshaven RNLI volunteers were tasked by the Coast Guard to a 32’ yacht with suspected electrical fire
On Saturday afternoon, 14 May, while on exercise in Cork Harbour, Crosshaven RNLI volunteers were tasked by the Coast Guard to a 32’ yacht with suspected electrical fire on board and mechanical difficulties. The lifeboat with David Venner, Clare Morgan,…
The 104-metre Greg Mortimer alongside at berth number two at Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Carlisle Pier
The weekend visit of the ship Greg Mortimer was the first cruise-liner to berth alongside at Dun Laoghaire Harbour in the 2022 season.  Capable of negotiating the strongest winds and waves, the 104-metre Greg Mortimer is built to polar standards…
An order for two 7,999 mts dwt efficient coastal tankers has been placed by Thun Tankers, whose dark green hulled ships are frequent callers in Irish ports. Among them, Afloat highlights Dublin Port where almost daily arrivals of Thun Tankers discharge petroleum products that were loaded at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire in south Wales.
Frequent Irish ports caller, Thun Tankers whose fleet continues to expand as the Scandinavian shipping company haved place an order for a pair of 7,999 mts dwt tankers. Thun Tankers is part of the Erik Thun Group, a company owned by…
The rules have been eased to allow a multi-site freeport and governments will work together on choosing the location/s. Above freight check-in booths of operators Irish Ferries and Stena Line.
Accross the Irish Sea, the Welsh Government has reached an agreement with the UK Government on the establishment of Freeports in Wales with £26m in starter funding secured. As North Wales Live revealed (earlier) this morning, the deal had been…
Cork County Council CEO, Tim Lucey
The Bantry inner harbour development scheme has re-generated interest in the West Cork town as a marine leisure and sailing centre. Bantry Bay Port Company, operated by Cork Port, has a sheltered marina with 40 berths there. But the town…
Harland & Wolff are delighted to appoint The Seafarers's Charity as their 2021/22 partner.
The iconic Belfast shipyard and multisite fabrication company of Harland & Wolff with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree has appointed The Seafarers’ Charity as its 2021/22 partner. This partnership will see Harland & Wolff join forces with one…
The start of last year's Ballinacurra Race for National 18s off Cobh
The home of Ireland’s last engineless freight-carrying schooner, the Brooklands, will be the centre of the popular Ballinacurra Race in Cork Harbour this Sunday. Creenan’s hostelry in Ballinacurra village near Midleton in East Cork will be the mecca for dinghy…
ICG sees increase in revenue with lifting of restrictions but higher costs bite. Total revenues across the group’s ferries division amounted to €98 million, up 165 per cent on the prior year. Above Afloat adds is the high-speed craft HSC Dublin Swift serving the Holyhead route.
The owner of Irish Ferries, the Irish Continental Group said it has been forced to pass on increased costs to consumers in the form of higher prices. In a trading update (see also) the ferry operator reported an 80 per…
The second boat home in the DBSC Water Wag Wednesday night race was No. 38 Swift sailed by Guy Kilroy with Martin Byrne's No 49 Hilda in third position.
John O’Driscoll at the helm of No. 15 Moosmie was the winner of Wednesday's single DBSC Water Wag dinghy race in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.  Race Officer Tadgh Donnelly ran racing over three rounds in a westerly breeze with gusts of…
The IWAI Powerboat Branch RIBs on the River Liffey in Dublin city centre
The 'mystery' to local observers of just who was behind the impressive 15-boat strong RIB raid fleet powering across Dublin Bay last Sunday morning was answered this week on social media when it emerged the boats, ranging from 5 to…
(from left to right) Terry van Rhyn and Doug Hey - Co-Founders of Far Shore Merchants, Phil Hardisty - Commodore Isle of Man Yacht Club, and Mike Stanton - Vice-Commodore Isle of Man Yacht Club
Far Shore Merchants has announced its sponsorship of the Peggy Round Mann Yacht Race which takes place on 3rd-4th June 2022 over the extended Jubilee weekend holidays. The 65 nautical mile circumnavigation of the Isle of Man, organised by the…
Pictured prior to making a maiden voyage is Arklow Coast, a brand new C-class coaster which made an inaugural commercial voyage from north-west Europe to the Iberian peninsula. At the stern is the short-sea trader's port of registry, Arklow which is the homeport of the shipowners.
Arklow Coast of 2,999 gross tonnage, is a brand new C-class coaster which began a commercial maiden voyage from the Netherlands that was completed in Spain at the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The newbuild is the 8th so far in…
200-year-old records concerning Dublin Port rescued from the Four Courts fire of 1922 are to be restored by the conservation team at the National Archives of Ireland with funding support from Dublin Port Company. Viewing the records for the first time in 100 years were National Archives Director Orlaith McBride, Beyond 2022 Project Conservator Jessica Baldwin and Dublin Port Company Chief Executive Eamonn O’Reilly.
Dublin Port Company is supporting the State’s effort to recover from the Four Courts fire of 1922 by funding the conservation of 200-year-old records concerning Dublin Port. On 30 June 1922, the Public Record Office of Ireland at the Four…
Irish Lights is recruiting for a Senior Operations Officer (SOO) to fill a challenging and rewarding role on board their multi-purpose DP 1 vessel, Granuaile. THE SHIPILV Granuaile is a multifunctional vessel that primarily operates in the waters around the…
ICG said revenue up to the end of April this year came in at €161.2 million - an increase of 80.5% on last year, but it was also up over 57% on 2019 levels.
Irish Ferries parent company the Irish Continental Group has reported an increase in revenue for the first four months of the year. In a trading statement, the group provides comparisons to the same period last year as well as to…

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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