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Stena Line and Associated British Ports (ABP) have entered into an agreement to jointly develop a new freight terminal at the Port of Immingham in the Humber region. The £100M agreement will see the Swedish ferry company operate the new…
Captain Kuba Szymanski
The Seafarers Hospital Society (SHS) has appointed Captain Kuba Szymanski as the new Chair of the board of the 200-year-old UK maritime charity, following the retirement of Peter McEwen MBE MNM.  Szymanski, who is well known to Afloat readers for…
In light of changes announced to the 2022 Manx Grand Prix schedule, the IOM Steam Packet will be assisting passengers who wish to amend existing bookings. Customers will be able to change their reservations to fit the new event schedule subject to availability. Afloat adds above motorcyclists disembark from the fast-craft Manannan in Douglas Harbour.
Ferry operator the Isle of Man Steam Packet has highlighted that in light of changes announced to the 2022 Manx Grand Prix schedule, the company is to offer support to affected passengers. The Company has confirmed that customers with existing…
Minister for Defence Simon Coveney T.D. visited Haulbowline Naval Base in Cork Harbour for an overview of the progress on the regenerated Block 8 accommodation. In addition to the remediation of Spencer Jetty which is due for completion in 2022.
Minister for Defence and Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, T.D inspected the progress on Capital Works at the Naval Service's base on Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour. The Minister made the visit yesterday to the Haulbowline Naval Base to see first hand…
A P&O ferry berthed at Larne Port in Co Antrim.
After a year on from the EU-UK trade deal, a more permanent picture of the post-Brexit shift in trade has emerged. Figures from the Central Statistics Office, published Monday, reveal goods imports from Britain fell by more than a fifth…
The RNLI Inshore boat was tasked to a yacht on rocks just off Sandycove on Dublin Bay
The Irish Coast Guard at Dun Laoghaire Harbour along with the RNLI Inshore boat was tasked to a yacht on rocks just off Sandycove at the Forty Foot Bathing Pace on the south shore of Dublin Bay on Monday afternoon. The…
Peel Ports Group in the UK announced today that it was awarded 'Port Operator of the Year for 2021'. The group includes an Irish operation Peel Ports Dublin (MTL Terminals) which neighbours Poolbeg Y&BC, Ringsend. The container terminal provides short-sea connections with ports in Central Europe and Irish Sea as well as 'feeder' services connecting the Far East, India and South America. Above BG Ireland (on left) which previously served the terminal and the deck of P&O Ferries ropax Norbank underway from another terminal when bound for Liverpool, one of several UK ports operated by the group.
The Peel Ports Group have been awarded the accolade 'Port Operator of the Year for 2021'  after securing the most online votes, amongst those who voted, from the maritime directory’s 15,000-strong readership of professionals in the sector. The win comes…
Gaff rig leaders Stiofan O Laoire, Paul Keogh and Johnny Wedick in Poolbeg Y&BC. Paul Keogh was honoured by the international Old Gaffers Association at their AGM at the weekend with the prestigious Jolie Brise Trophy for his long years of dedicated service with the Clondalkin-built Galway Hooker Naomh Cronan
For many years until her transfer to Galway in 2021, the Clondalkin community-built Galway Hooker Naomh Cronan was a feature of sailing life in Dublin’s River Liffey at Poolbeg Y&BC in Ringsend, and she was a regular attendee at traditional…
A guard of honour on National Services Day last September, also marked the start of the Naval Service's 75th anniversary (see today's related story). The Naval Service is hoping to get permission to alter its regulations to entice more retired sailors back into the fold on a part-time basis to help alleviate the critical shortage of personnel.
According to the Irish Examiner, the Naval Service is hoping to get permission to alter its regulations to entice more retired sailors back into the fold on a part-time basis. This is to help alleviate the critical shortage of personnel.…
Further delays at the new Liverpool ferry terminal to serve the Isle of Man Steam Packet
ManxRadio reports that it is two years since start the of construction at Princes Half Tide Dock in Liverpool. It's frustrating that the new ferry terminal in Liverpool is yet to be completed. That's from the enterprise minister ahead of…
Actor Niamh Cusack was enlisted to give a professional reading of the poem Statio Bene Fida Carinis (Latin for ‘A Place Most Suitable For Ships’) onboard the L.É. James Joyce while alongside Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
The actor Niamh Cusack temporarily enlisted with the Naval Service to give a professional reading of a significant poem on board the L.É.James Joyce while alongside Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Her nuanced, balanced and knowing delivery of the work, recorded by…
The Haulbowline Island remediation works is a real turning point in the story of the Island's remediation to an area of real civic worth to the community and also as a suitable home to our Naval service
One year on since completion, the Haulbowline Island Recreational Amenity in the heart of Cork Harbour is the largest project of its kind to date in Ireland. The Haulbowline Remediation by Cork County Council has transformed the former East Tip site into…
The late Jim Fahy and his wife Christina, both keen sailors
Tributes have been paid among the west coast’s sailing community to former RTÉ western editor Jim Fahy who died late last week at the age of 75. The journalist’s association with Galway Bay Sailing Club (GBSC) since its foundations were…
Gordon Patterson and Ross Nolan from RNIYC are one of eight NI Squibs heading for the Kinsale based Irish Nationals in June
It’s a long way for crew and boats to travel from Belfast Lough and Strangford Lough to Kinsale but eight from the northern-based Squib class will be making that 300 mile trip in June for the eight-race Bandon Co-Op Squib…
Laser Winter racing at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club
Saturday, January 15th, was day two of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club’s Laser Winter League in Cork Harbour. A windless morning was in store for the competitors. The bay was calm and clear, and the air had a cold bite. Nonetheless,…
The destroyed hull of the sunken Costa Concordia the day after the disaster on 13 January 2012
Earlier this week Italy marked the 10th anniversary of the Costa Concordia shipwreck disaster with commemorations on Isola del Giglio off Tuscany, as RTÉ News reports. Survivors joined local residents and relatives to remember those lost and give thanks 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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