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Several small motorboats, RIBs, and the southern section of the marina infrastructure were partly sunk or damaged in the collision with the trawler
A marina pontoon and several small craft berthed at Dingle Harbour in County Kerry were damaged on Saturday, November 26th, by a trawler manoeuvring in the harbour. Local reports say the visiting trawler was reversing at the time of the…
Members of the DLRCC and Dún Laoghaire Business Association team, including Viking Marine's Ian O'Meara, the Chairman of Dún Laoghaire Business Association (DLBA) and DLRCC Cathaoirleach Mary Hanafin, meeting the judges from the Academy of Urbanism in The Glass House, Dun Laoghaire
Being a competitive sailor, I love to compete and especially love a win here and there! And so when I heard that our town had won the best town award from the Academy of Urbanism, I was delighted. We all…
The start of the 2019 National YC Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race, with eventual overall winner Rockabill VI (JPK 10.80, Paul O’Higgins RIYC) just ahead of Mick Cotter’s 94ft Windfall, which took line honours and established a new course record. The 30th Anniversary D2D starts in Dublin Bay on June 7th 2023
Did we really manage it? Did we really cram all those major special and routine regular sailing events into the one season of 2022? And all that despite its three main months afloat experiencing decidedly mixed weather? And also despite…
President Michael D. Higgins was among the 160 guests at an event held in Cork Harbour on Friday to launch the European Union’s Mission to protect and restore ocean and inland waters in the Atlantic and Arctic regions by 2030. The National Maritime College of Ireland was the venue for the gathering which brought together Ministers and high-level representatives from Atlantic and Arctic countries, the Lord Mayors of Cork city and county and actors and stakeholders from government, academia, business and civil society
Cork has become the first city to sign up to the European Commission’s Charter to restore oceans and waters. Under the ‘Horizon Europe Programme,’ the Commission has launched several ‘Missions’ which it says are focused on “critical areas, to bring…
Windsurfer Oisín van Gelderen is looking to break the 50-knot barrier in Namibia
Dublin Bay Windsurfer Oisín van Gelderen has broken his previous Irish Sailing Speed Record while participating at the 'Luderitz Speed Challenge in Namibia. Van Gelderen is taking part in the World Record Attempt, and after three 'fruitless weeks' of moderate…
Kinsale X-yacht Freya, skippered by Conor Doyle, sailed to ORC success in the 2022 Middle Sea race in October and is pictured above competing on her home waters at the 2021 Sovereign's Cup
Sovereign's Cup Regatta Director Tony Scannell has published the Notice of Race (downloadable below) for next June's 15th Cup for Cruisers, Coastal and White Sails fleets. Scannell confirmed Kinsale Yacht Club is looking forward to welcoming everyone back to a 'full-strength'…
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Hamilton Shipping is currently recruiting for a Port Agency Assistant based in its busy Port of Cork office. Established in 1919 with offices in Belfast, Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Galway and Foyle Port, Hamilton Shipping is one of the most experienced…
Irish Ferries which is owned by ICG said its group revenues soared to €500.5m, up 78.9% compared with last year and a 62.1% increase on 2019. Above Isle of Innisfree, one of three ferries operating their service on the Dover-Calais route.
Irish Ferries parent company Irish Continental Group (ICG), has reported a big jump in revenues as travel restrictions from Covid eased compared to the same time last year. ICG said its group revenues in the trading period 10 months prior…
The ESB and the Shannon Airport Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore the development of a “hydrogen lighthouse” project in the environment surrounding the airport’s site, on the Shannon Estuary. The project aims to explore the…
Happy times – Molly and Erskine Childers cruising Asgard in the Baltic in 1910. His short life of 52 years from 1870 until his execution in Dublin on November 24th 1922 was one of increasing seriousness, and this is one of the very few photos which show him with even the hint of a smile
The gaunt but serene Erskine Childers (52) died an hour after dawn on November 24th 1922 in Beggars Bush Barracks in Dublin. He had been captured as an armed opponent of the new Irish Free State Government’s policy of implementing…
Ballyholme's Ben Martin (1179) prepares to overhaul Steven Nelson of Newtownards SC on a downwind leg of the RS400 Winter Series sailors at RNIYC
After last week’s crash and burn single race, this week, the RS400 Winter Series sailors at RNIYC on Belfast Lough were met by a more manageable 14-20 kts from the southwest, but about 10 degrees colder. Bob Hastings had done a…
The Stena owned port of Holyhead is among five ports in Wales in a bid for freeport status Above Afloat adds is the port's Salt Island ferry terminal with on the right, linkspans used by the operator and Irish Ferries. In the centre is the former Anglesey Aluminium jetty and the pier on the left is a former ferry berth.
Jobs in their thousands could be created in north Wales by making the port of Holyhead into a freeport, its owners have claimed. The Swedish owned ferry company Stena Line which operates to Dublin Port, said it was working with…
Greening European ports: Only a well-designed maritime EU Emission Trading System (ETS)with dedicated funding will accelerate the greening of the shipping sector.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) recognises the maritime EU Emission Trading System (EU-ETS) can be a powerful mechanism to accelerate the green transition of the sector as European ports continue to support the extension of the ETS to the…
Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority & European Fisheries Control Agency joint deployment plan, Cork, Ireland. Pictured (L to R) are Cristina Morgado (Deputy Head of Unit EU Waters and North Atlantic, EFCA), Paschal Hayes, (Executive Chairperson, SFPA), Susan Steele (Executive Director, EFCA), Michael Finn (Authority Member, SFPA) aboard the Lundy Sentinel in Cork Harbour at an event to mark World Fisheries Day and a joint deployment in Irish waters between the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) and European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) to promote compliance with national and EU sea-fisheries legislation.  Susan Steele is pictured presenting an EFCA Medal to Paschal and Michael to commemorate the ongoing collaboration between the two agencies
The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) has chartered an aircraft for the first time as part of surveillance of Irish waters. A European Maritime Safety Agency drone is also being used as part of air-sea fisheries control and inspection. Representatives…
New LNG battery hybrid vessel in traffic at the Port of Gothenburg, Sweden - A newly built ship with special environmental and climate characteristics was christened at the Port of Gothenburg in November 2022. The vessel in question is an LNG/battery hybrid ship that already today meets IMO's 2030 target for shipping's carbon dioxide efficiency.
EU moves to ensure shipping uses low carbon fuels will have a “moderate” but not “dramatic” effect on the Irish economy, according to University of Galway economist Prof Alan Ahearne. As The Sunday Independent reports, research due to be published…
Carien Droppers  - The Dutch shipping expert warns Ireland should take into account navigational hazards posed by offshore wind farms in marine planning
Dutch shipping expert Carien Droppers has warned that Ireland should take into account navigational hazards posed by offshore wind farms in marine planning. Droppers, who spoke at last week’s “Navigating to 2050” conference hosted by Irish Lights in Dublin Castle,…

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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