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The first cruise ship since 2017 to visit Warrenpoint Port is the World Navigator as seen arriving today during inclement weather along with tug Mourne Shore in attendance.
The first cruiseship since 2017 to visit Warrenpoint Harbour on Carlingford Lough was welcomed to the port today with the arrival of the World Navigator, writes Jehan Ashmore. The cruiseship's inaugural call to the Co. Down port formed part of the…
A ferry approaching the Port of Holyhead, Anglesey in north Wales. 'The disregard for Welsh (ferry) ports during and since Brexit is part and parcel of Wales’ wider marginalisation and peripheralization within the political economy of the United Kingdom'-LSE British Politics and Policy.
The approach by the UK Government to Brexit trade policy and negotiations protocol is causing “potentially irreparable damage” to Wales’ (ferry) ports, researchers have said. Colin Murray of Newcastle University and Jonathan Evershed of University College Dublin warned (see LSE) that…
 The Tribal crew (from left) Liam Burke, Orla Conneely, Niall Thornton, Ally O'Sullivan, Ryan Mill and Yannick Lemonnier, missing from photo are crew Tom Murphy and Seàn Lemonnier
Galway Bay Sailing Club is celebrating an overall win for its Tribal crew at the WIORA championships hosted by the Royal Western Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary last weekend.  The well campaigned Farr 31 took home first place in Class One…
The one-minute film was made to promote the partnership between the RNLI and the GAA and shows how both organisations share the same values of community and volunteerism
Volunteer lifeboat crew from Courtmacsherry and Ballycotton RNLI, along with members of Barryroe GAA are featuring in a short film to promote a drowning prevention partnership between the RNLI and the GAA. The two organisations have been working together on…
The service to the Aran Islands has been operated by the Garrihy family for more than 20 years and the deal includes the Star of Doolin. AFLOAT adds this 121 tonnes custom-built 24m ferry built in 2018 is the newest of the fleet sold. The ferry has a capacity for 200 passengers.
The family-owned business, the Liscannor Ferry Company that operates a service between the Co Clare mainland and the Aran Islands, has been sold to a rival. The firm, which trades as Doolin2Aran Ferries and is owned by the Garrihy family,…
Fergus Kelliher’s J24 Jibe from Tralee Bay Sailing Club
The final day of racing in the WIORA West Coast Championships in Kilrush, Principal Race Officer, John Leech, postponed the start of racing by one hour to allow a front to pass through. When racing did get underway on the…
Volvo 70 Green Dragon's entry in the Round Ireland Race marked the ten year anniversary of the Volvo Ocean Race in Ireland
Ten young sailors from Galway Bay who were part of the crew that sailed the Green Dragon in last week's Round Ireland Race from Wicklow finished as Line Honours runners-up and second in Class Zero in the biennial 700-mile race. …
The Baltimore all-weather lifeboat crew
Baltimore RNLI was called out to provide a medical evacuation in the early hours of Sunday morning (26 June) from Sherkin Island off the coast of Baltimore, West Cork. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 00.57 am,…
Above at Dun Laoghaire Harbour in May making a maiden call to the Irish port is leadship World Navigator (a sister of the 'Navigator') which is to call to Warrenpoint Port tomorrow on 28 June. AFLOAT adds the 2021 built World Navigator is the second of five polar-class luxury expedition cruiseships so far in service and which is just shy of 10,000 gross tonnes.
The return of a cruiseship schedule at Warrenpoint Port since the pandemic, is to take place with the first caller this season due to arrive tomorrow, 28 June. The Co. Down port is to see the debut of the World Navigator,…
New terminal in Liverpool to open in 2023 is 'still realistic'. AFLOAT adds the development on Merseyside is being built by the UK arm of John Sisk & Co, the Irish building contractor which is a family owned business dating to 1859.
The Isle of Man Minister for Infrastructure doesn't think the ferry terminal project will cost more than already requested. The minister doesn't believe work to the Liverpool Ferry Terminal project will cost more than has already been requested by his…
European Sea Ports Organisation has welcomed the European Parliament's position of an Emission Trading System (ETS) that includes measures to address, and if possible, avoid carbon and business leakage.
The European Parliament on the 22 June adopted its position on the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS), which includes an expansion of the ETS to include shipping emissions. The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the EP position that…
Courtmacsherry Harbour Boat Club is welcoming visitors this summer until August as harbour dredging has been deferred
Long-awaited dredging in Courtmacsherry Harbour is being deferred.  As Afloat reported earlier this month, the dredging at the popular West Cork boating harbour had restrictions put in place for visiting boats in June for a planned three to four weeks…
The Vermont-based couple had set out in their 37-foot yacht from Boston a number of weeks ago and were crossing the Atlantic en route to Scotland.
Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat in West Cork was launched on Saturday 25 June 2022 at 10.05 pm last night to go to the immediate assistance of two sailors who were crossing the Atlantic and had run into challenging weather and needed assistance.…
The Port of Cork has seen its number of direct shipping routes to continental Europe increase as producers look to avoid the UK land-bridge.. AFLOAT adds above the new Cork Container Terminal at Ringaskiddy with a lo-lo vessel, a ro-ro freight ferry and at an opposite quay a cruiseship.
The impact of Brexit across many sectors in the South West, in particular in agriculture, finance, and industry is revealed in a new report that shows Cork’s long history of trade with Europe has helped to cushion the worst effects…
The Atlantic 85 class lifeboat was christened the Christine and Raymond Fielding at the Union Hall Pier by crew Chris Collins (Helmsman), Darren Collins, Riona Casey and Hugh McNulty
Volunteers at Union Hall RNLI in West Cork held a special ceremony and service of dedication on Saturday (25 June) for their Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Christine and Raymond Fielding. A crowd gathered on Keelbeg Pier for a special ceremony and service…
Michael O'Donnell’s UK based J/121 Darkwood
The class bands and fleets are now finalised for the ICRA Nationals which take place as part of Volvo Cork Week this year. With the fleet split across Classes 0,1,2,3 along with Non Spinnaker and Coastal, ICRA trophies and more…

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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