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The rise in the number of distressing cases of seafarers globally has become a humanitarian crisis, says maritime charity Stella Maris, which is providing support for, for example, (as above) abandoned fisher crew in Mombasa, Kenya. Closer to home, a recent issue involved an Indian crew who were abandoned in Troon, south-west Scotland, and had not received their wages for several months.
An increase in cases of affected seafarers abandoned by shipowners without money, support, or the means to get home has reached alarming levels around the world, according to maritime charity Stella Maris, which is providing support to some of those…
A four-star hotel on the Isle of Arran, on the Firth of Clyde, has introduced a new policy amid concerns over Summer disruption of the ferry connecting the mainland. Above: Caledonian Isles at the older ferry terminal in Brodick, Arran, where the hotel is located nearby the town on the scenic island, the seventh largest in Scotland.
In south-west Scotland, a popular island hotel has announced a new policy for visitors affected by ferry disruptions on the Firth of Clyde amid warnings of a "Summer of more chaos". The four-star Auchrannie Resort on the Isle of Arran,…
Break bulk and other goods (main Irish ports) totalled 227 tonnes in Q4, 2022 and in the same quarter for last year, it amounted to 246, an increase of 8 %. Above: bulk-carrier, Menelaos, berthed at the Deepwater Berth in Ringaskiddy, Port of Cork.
According to new Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures, Irish Ports handled a total of 46.4 million metric tons of goods last year. This figure was a fall of 13% in 2022, according to the CSO’s Statistics of Port Traffic Q4 and Year…
Among the designs (above: initial concept 3) for Brittany Ferries, which has signed a partnership deal with Wärtsilä and Incat to explore the design and technical requirements for a 137-metre zero-emissions craft for English Channel service.
Ferry operator Brittany Ferries, marine power/technology firm Wärtsilä, and shipbuilder, Incat have signed a partnership deal to explore the design and technical requirements for a 137m zero-emissions craft. The project comes as Brittany Ferries nears completion of the biggest fleet…
Irish Sea ‘Green’ Corridor: Peel Ports Group and NatPower Marine have announced plans for the first ‘green shipping corridor’ between the UK and Ireland, as part of contributing to cutting global shipping emissions by developing an electric ship (e-ship) charging network and ‘cold ironing’. Above ro-ro freight vessels at Dublin Port, where the first Irish Sea routes identified in the Green proposals include Dublin-Birkenhead (Liverpool) and Belfast-Heysham.
The UK’s second-largest port owner, Peel Ports Group, and renewable energy and maritime specialists, NatPower Marine, have announced plans to establish the first “green shipping corridors” between Britain and Ireland. The ground-breaking collaboration could provide a blueprint to drastically cut…
Visitors travelling to the TT Races will be able to sail on board the Manxman, the flagship’s first year involved in the annual major sporting event.
Passenger ferry figures for those booked on the Isle of Man Steam Packet sailings for the annual TT are up this year. This will be the first year for visitors traveling for the motorsport fortnight (May 27–June 8) when coming…
A start at the 22-boat 2024 Squib Northern Championship at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on Belfast Lough
The Squib Northern Championship went right down to the wire last weekend when the far travelled Ian Travers and Keith O’Riordan in Atomic from Kinsale Yacht Club won the final of five races to knock Dick Batt and Gordy Wright,…
The Murphy family's vintage Moody 30, Shelly D, was the overall winner of the Schull Harbour Sailing Club May Series
The final race of the Schull Harbour Sailing Club May Series was run on Sunday in West Cork following cancellation due to inclement weather on the previous day. The fleet started in the harbour in a fresh 22 knots westerly…
Minister Charlie McConalogue with Michael Mannion, Director of Ward and Burke (Contractors), at the sod-turning event for the new Deep Water Quay Development at the Rossaveal Fishery Harbour Centre. (Forbairt Ché Dhomhain, Lárionad Chuan Iascaigh Ros An Mhíl) in February
Work has stopped on the extension to Ros-a-Mhíl fishery harbour in south Connemara, following a legal challenge. As The Irish Independent reports, the 200 metre deepwater quay to facilitate floating offshore wind is three-quarters complete. The 30 million euro project,…
With nearly 50 boats already moored, With nearly 50 boats already moored, the organisers hope that up to 100 boats will attend the Jamestown Heritage Festival
The Village of Jamestown in County Leitrim is holding its Third Heritage Festival from May 24 to June 2. Members of the Heritage Boat Association and Inland Waterways Association of Ireland will visit Jamestown Harbour. With nearly 50 boats already…
Southern Corridor: The news follows an uncertain winter for both services across the St. Georges Channel, operated by Irish Ferris and Stena Line, but will now be enhanced heading into the busier summer.
St. Georges Channel ferry routes between Fishguard and Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, and Rosslare in Co. Wexford look set to sail into calmer waters this summer. Operator Irish Ferries has announced that an existing Dover-Calais cruise ferry, the Isle of Innisfree,…
Crosshaven Lifeboat's Yellow Wellies, on the last of their Sunday-Morning-in-May-2024 outings tip a nod to the Beatles Abbey Road image with (left to right) Kline Pennefather, Darryl Hughes, Maeve Leonard, Stormy Stan), Aisling Ryan and Hugh Tully
Time was - and it's not so very long ago - that if you wanted to see the nearest set of traffic lights and other road control paraphernalia to Crosshaven, then you'd have to go well into Cork City. Not…
Helen Boland, Manager of the Dublin Bay Birds Project and Eamon McElroy, Port Engineer at Dublin Port Company, at the purpose-built platform for common and arctic terns running alongside Dublin's iconic Great South Wall
Dublin Port Company (DPC) is welcoming back its breeding terns for the summer months. Among these returning birds is likely an Arctic Tern that was first ringed in Dublin Port in the year 2000 and has been flying back and…
File image of one of the platforms used by breeding terns in Dublin Port
Dublin Port’s resident colony of terns is “thriving”, according to the wildlife charity that has been monitoring their progress for over 10 years. Helen Boland, manager of BirdWatch Ireland’s Dublin Bay Birds Project tells RTÉ News: “The numbers have been…
Attending the RNLI 200 garden party were volunteer crew from Dun Laoghaire RNLI (from left): helm Nathan Burke, station mechanic and coxswain Kieran ‘Colley’ O’Connell and helm Gary Hayes
Volunteers from Irish lifeboat stations including Dun Laoghaire, Arklow and Union Hall were among the 2,500 guests at a special garden party at Buckingham Palace last Thursday (23 May) to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution…
Built by Safehaven Marine, 'SOLAS' is a cutting-edge 'Interceptor 48' model, measuring 15 meters in length and capable of accommodating seven pilots and crew members
The Port of Cork Company proudly announced the official arrival and unveiling of its new state-of-the-art pilot boat, 'SOLAS'. The vessel, a symbol of the port's commitment to safety, innovation, and sustainability, was introduced in a special ceremony at the…

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.

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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.”