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Iarnród Éireann has said Rosslare Europort has made history as Ireland’s leading port for direct European freight. The Co Wexford port recorded its highest ever activity with a 371 per cent increase in European freight last year and overall volumes…
Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club's new mixed waterports pontoon
Working closely with UK-based Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club, County Offaly based Inland and Coastal Marinas Systems (ICMS) has upgraded the club’s water access for a range of watersports, including sailing and kayaking. Replacing the existing uneven and slippery units,…
Ian Davies, boss of Stena Line’s UK ports, said Holyhead (above) and Fishguard have both been affected. Both ports Afloat adds are operated by Stena Line Ports Ltd.
Stena's ferry ports in Wales have seen a 30% fall in traffic as a result of Brexit a shipping operator has said. Ian Davies, boss of Stena Line’s UK ports, said the decline seen in Holyhead and Fishguard was because…
Hopes raised that with the easing of restrictions will see the return of cruise ships in Irish waters this season.
Next month the Irish cruise liner trade is to see the easing of Covid-19 restrictions which will be critical to helping the €70m-a-year sector to recover for the 2022 season. Almost 100 cruise liners are booked to visit Ireland over…
Maritime EU ETS: ports call on EU for an ambitious scope that avoids carbon and business leakage.
European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed the proposal to include shipping in an Emission Trading System (ETS). Putting a price tag on shipping emissions through the EU ETS should deliver clear climate gains and push the sector to choose…
Artemis Technologies has opened a new facility on Belfast Lough as it prepares to commence testing of its transformative new Artemis eFoiler(R) electric propulsion system. Pictured at the 42,000 sq ft facility in Titanic Quarter’s Channel Commercial Park, from left, Romain Ingouf, Technical Director and David Tyler, Commercial Director
Artemis Technologies has opened a new facility in Belfast as it prepares to commence testing of its transformative new Artemis eFoiler(R) electric propulsion system. The 42,200 sq ft facility in Titanic Quarter’s Channel Commercial Park, will house the company’s manufacturing…
Bangor Town Regatta 2022 will incorporate the Sigma 33 OOD Irish and Class Championships and count towards the six-part RC35 Championship
A ‘Town’ Regatta at Bangor on Belfast Lough was first held over a century ago and saw reincarnation in 2018. Subsequent planned events fell foul of Covid 19 but Royal Ulster has just announced the welcome return of the regatta…
Annamarie Fegan, Vice Admiral Royal Cork YC,  Johnathan O'Shaughnessy, Winner of the Pyewacket Trophy and Admiral of the Royal Cork YC, Kieran O'Connell
The national and international achievements afloat of Irish Laser dinghy star Jonathan O'Shaughnessy were recognised ashore this weekend at Royal Cork Yacht Club when the Irish champion was presented with its perpetual Pyewacket Trophy. As regular Afloat readers will recall, O'Shaughnessy qualified as…
Classic renewed – the re-built Dublin Bay 21 Garavogue and her sister-ships are in line for a major award
Two classic designs with strong Dublin Bay links have been nominated for major prizes in the annual international Classic Boat Awards. Master boat-builder Steve Morris of Kilrush will of course be personally in line for the prize for his work…
Fethard on Sea harbour is an example of publically owned marine infrastructure in County Wexford that could qualify for improvements from a new fund specifically to address the economic consequences of Brexit arising from the implications to the Irish fishing industry. Local Authority Marine Infrastructure Scheme 2022-2023 is designed to support economic sectors, businesses and local communities and to support job creation and protection by distributing BAR funds to enhance, upgrade, modernise and develop Ireland’s publicly owned coastal and marine infrastructure to facilitate diversification of economic opportunities.  The main condition for reimbursing public authorities is that the costs incurred must be directly linked to countering the adverse effects of the UK's withdrawal.  Funding from the Reserve must be availed of before the end of 2023. Local authorities will need to meet these and other conditions to avail of the funding.
Marine Minister Charlie McConalogue T.D., has announced a new €35m scheme to rejuvenate local authority public piers and harbours throughout coastal communities. The record funded scheme is proposed for funding under the EU Brexit Adjustment Reserve (BAR) and was one of…
Naval Service Dive Team
The Naval Service has acquired two state-of-the-art recompression units that could help save the lives of divers with ‘the bends’, as the Irish Examiner reports. The larger of the two — at naval headquarters on Haulbowline in Cork Harbour —…
Sail School NI's new Tripp 40
Russell McGovern, known generally as Rusty, started Stratus sailing school in 2016 out of Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough, with a 31-footer and two 25 footers. He has now moved on to a new venture, replacing those three with a…
Light winds prevail at MBSC for the Laser League
Local helmsman Chris Bateman leads the Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Laser League after a light air seventh race was sailed in Cork Harbour on Saturday. The single race sailed brings the lead to its half way stage. A race win for Bateman…
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There’s still time to make submissions in the public consultation on two Pathway Action Plans for the control of invasive species on Ireland’s waterways. According to the National Biodiversity Data Centre’s Invasives.ie programme, the purpose of Pathway Action Plans (PAPs)…
Reflagging ceremony on board Salamanca (and pictured) Jean Marc Roue, Cdt Christophe Bergeroux and Christophe Mathieu with the backdrop of the north Spanish port of Santander.  The E-Flexer class newbuild will serve UK-Spain routes.
Brittany Ferries newest and greenest ferry when in northern Spain at the Port of Santander saw an official raising ceremony of the French tricolor take place on board the Salamanca. (The newbuild Afloat adds follows Stena RoRo's chartered in E-Flexers) that…
The ferry Stena Estrid berthed in Dublin Port. Overall freight volumes passing through the port fell by 5 per cent as freight unit volumes with Britain declined by 214,000, while volumes with mainland EU ports rose by 158,000.
Dublin Port chief executive Eamonn O’Reilly has said that Brexit has spelled the end of the British “landbridge” transit route, as new figures show a dramatic fall in lorry traffic with British ports, reports The Irish Times. New border controls…

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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