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The final resting place of the SS Mesaba in the Irish Sea, as detected by Bangor University researchers
The ship which sent an iceberg warning to the RMS Titanic, before the ocean liner sank, has been identified lying in the Irish Sea by researchers from Bangor University in Wales. In 1912 the merchant steamship SS Mesaba was crossing…
The IOM Steam Packet has acquired ro-ro freight ferry MV Arrow for €9 million. Afloat captured the 84-trailer unit ferry heading into a blustery Douglas Bay having departed the Manx capital.
The Isle of Man Steam Packet has bought a cargoship (ro-ro freight ferry), which it had previously been using under a longstanding charter agreement, for €9 million. According to Isle fo Man Today, when the MV Arrow’s current owner said…
Newbuilds: Yet more delays to two CalMac ferries that could see them completed up to another three months late and cost three times over budget have been revealed by builder Ferguson Marine.
Shipyard chief executive David Tydeman told MSPs in a letter on Wednesday that the two ferries, which are five years late, would cost up to £209.6 million to complete compared to the previous estimate of up to £122m. According to…
At the midway stage in 2022, unitised traffic volumes performed strongly
The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) has published its Q2, 2022 Unitised Traffic Report with an executive summary below. In addition to consult the full report, see attachment. Executive Summary At the midway stage in 2022, unitised traffic volumes - made up…
Marie Gleeson has been appointed as External Affairs & Stakeholder Liaison lead for Simply Blue Group’s Western Star project
Simply Blue Group in Cork has announced the appointments of Jeremy Gault as Project Manager for the company’s Emerald and Western Star floating offshore wind projects and Marie Gleeson as External Affairs & Stakeholder Liaison lead for Simply Blue Group’s…
Línte na Farraige aims to provoke a dialogue around rising sea levels - the installations comprise illuminated horizontal lines, based on predictions of future sea level rise from international benchmarks that represent future sea level and storm surges
Lines of light showing projected sea level rise in Galway city is part of a collaborative project involving scientists and artists which will extend across a number of Irish coastal areas this year. Línte na Farraige aims to provoke a…
Belfast Harbour - a grant of €90,000 has been awarded to Cork and Belfast city councils to work together on the project, entitled Cork-Belfast Harbour Cities
Docklands regeneration in Cork and Belfast is one of 25 projects awarded monies under the Shared Island local authority development funding scheme announced by Taoiseach Micheál Martin. A grant of €90,000 has been awarded to Cork and Belfast city councils…
There is live streaming to the European ShortSea Network conference tomorrow (29 September) and Port & Shipping Tech 2022, for details to access see links below.
The European ShortSea Network (ESN) Conference as part of Naples Shipping Week will start tomorrow, 29 September. The Conference is organized by RAM Spa – SPC ITALY in the framework of the 2022 ESN held during the Italian Presidency. The…
Swedish based ferry operator, Stena Line celebrates its 60th anniversary today. Above the Port of Gothenburg with Afloat adds ferries Stena Scandinavia (larger version of Irish Sea serving Stena Adventurer) and Stena Danica.
Ferry company Stena Line celebrates its 60th anniversary today having established itself as a trusted link between people, places and societies. Sten A. Olsson, the founder of Stena Line, began operating a shipping service from his hometown Gothenburg in Sweden…
Boats at sail on Dublin Bay
Afloat.ie understands that there was little representation of sailing stakeholders at a public meeting earlier this month to discuss Ivana Bacik’s Dublin Bay Bill. As previously reported on Afloat.ie last December, the Dublin Bay South TD’s bill proposes establishing a dedicated…
Today, strike returned at the Port of Felixstowe, where about 1,900 people took action at the UKs biggest container port for eight days last month. Above, AFLOAT's file photo of the 14,000TEU capacity Toledo Triumph berthed at the Suffolk port in south-east England where the North Sea port has 'feeder' and global container services.
According to BBC News, further strike action has begun at Felixstowe, the UK's busiest container port. Workers at the Port of Felixstowe are walking out between 27 September and 5 October, as Afloat reported after the union Unite rejected an…
Ian Davies, Head of UK Port Authorities and Stena Line Ports highlights the return of cruise liners this year in added an expansion of Holyhead next year to enable cruiseships to berth directly again in port and enable passengers to disemabark at a deep-water jetty.
Eagle-eyed ship-spotters in Wales are used to seeing ferries coming in and out of Holyhead Port on and a daily basis, but this year they may have noticed more activity that usual. This is because the north Wales port has…
IOM Ship Registry secures four ship deal with fellow Manx based ship owner MX Bulk whose newbuild Maye Manx (registered in Douglas) was recently delivered. Credit: IOMshipregistry
The Isle of Man Ship Registry (IOMSR) is expanding its fleet after securing a new deal with fellow Douglas based ship owner MX Bulk. The agreement will see the IOMSR flag four new 63,878 MT bulk carriers presently being built…
Warrenpoint Port congratulate the Seatruck team on their acquisition by CLnD. The Seatruck brand will be retained by CLnD and the team will continue to be led by Alistair Eagles.
Operator Seatruck Ferries announced last week that, subject to regulatory approval from the Irish competition authorities, it is to be acquired from Clipper Group by CLdN. CLdN, headquartered in Luxembourg is one of Europe’s leading multimodal logistics providers with three…
Artist’s impression of the EF 24 Passenger ferry from Artemis Technologies
Leading maritime design and applied technologies company Artemis Technologies has unveiled the design of its new fully electric EF-24 Passenger vessel, targeting the global high-speed ferry market. And it’s set to make its debut in 2024 on a route between Belfast…
Freeport Bid: The Port of Milford Haven (above) in Pembrokeshire which is the UK’s largest energy Port, is among the south-west Wales ports involved in the bidding consortium.
In south-west Wales a freeport bid consortium consisting of Associated British Ports, Neath Port Talbot Council, Pembrokeshire County Council and the Port of Milford Haven has been launched to explore the case for a green freeport in the region. Both…

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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