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Overall throughput at Shannon Foynes last year totalled 9.458 million tonnes, down 1.9 per cent or 185,000 tonnes versus 2019. Above, Limerick Docklands (above Ted Russell Dock), Afloat adds, is one of six terminals that form SFPC operations along the Shannon Estuary.
Shannon Foynes Port Company which is state-owned, has reported a 7.6 per cent decline in turnover last year to €12.9 million as pre-tax profits fell from €4.9 million to €3.1 million due to the impact of the Covid-19 crisis. Chief…
'Blocked' Suez Canal Ship: Ever Given finally arrives to UK where as BBC News reported some 2,000 containers are being unloaded from the Ever Given at Felixstowe. AFLOAT adds the North Sea port on the Suffolk coast is Britain's biggest and busiest 'box'boat port and one of the largest in Europe.  The ship's previous port of call was the Dutch port of Rotterdam and currently the 400m vessel is berthed at the UK port's Trinity Terminal before the vessel's next call is Hamburg in Germany.
Ever Given, the huge container ship that blocked the Suez Canal is being unloaded after it arrived in the UK, reports BBC News. The Ever Given docked at Felixstowe, Suffolk, at 16:30 BST on Tuesday, its first UK visit since…
Peel Ports London Medway has welcomed DFDS new UK-France freight-only ferry route of Sheerness-Calais which is to begin this month operated by the ro-ro Maxine. DFDS has existing services also out of Kent, Dover-Calais and also linking Dunkerque, from where the mainland Europe port saw DFDS launch in January a new direct freight route to Rosslare following a post-Brexit UK.
In the UK, the Peel Ports Group through its London Medway area of operations has welcomed DFDS new England-France freight-only ferry route connecting Sheerness and Calais that is to begin service this month. The new freight route offers one daily…
Above AFLOAT adds is the Irish-flagged cargoship Arklow Fern which highlighted a more sustainable form of transport, when taking wheat by sea, instead of trucks on the road. This involved UK ports group, Associated British Ports with the Arklow Shipping cargoship sailing between ABP's Ports of Ipswich, England and Ayr (as above) in Scotland.
An Irish flagged cargoship, Arklow Fern with a cargo of wheat partly destined for the world-famous Scotch whisky industry, recently made a coastal passage between two ports operated by Associated British Ports. On board the 2010 Spanish built Arklow Fern…
Quarantine restrictions in the UK were lifted (yesterday, 2 Aug.) for fully-vaccinated EU and US passengers. Above AFLOAT's photo of Stena Britannia, (outward bound off Harwich), is one of pair of giant 63,500gt ferries that operates Stena Line's only 'combined passenger & freight' route connecting the UK and mainland Europe through the Dutch port of Hook van Holland. The North Sea route also acts as a UK 'landbridge' for trade travelling between Ireland and Europe and beyond, where in Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea, Stena operate a more larger route network.
In the UK, the North Sea ferry and cruise port of Harwich is set to benefit from an influx of tourists after quarantine restrictions were lifted (yesterday) for fully-vaccinated passengers arriving from amber countries in Europe and the USA. It comes as…
The Port of Waterford is showing positive momentum this year. Above Afloat adds is the port's main terminal, Belview located on the Suir, with bulk-carriers berthed.
Operating profits at the Port of Waterford for 2020 were €0.7 million, down from the €1.2 million recorded in 2019 during a period of trading set against the pandemic. The Port's turnover was €7.2m for the year a reduction of…
New life for old – Richard Leonard's David Thomas-designed Bolero Bandit, the Bruce Farr 1977-vintage Farrocious, and the Young family's Albin Express North Star racing with Royal Cork YC last Thursday evening
Where other people and places see problems, down Crosshaven way they see opportunities and solutions. Thus although the sailing world generally may be getting increasingly agitated about the fact that fibreglass boats seem to last forever and eventually present a…
All EU states registered large increases in exports outside Europe with the exception of Ireland and Cyprus. The opening up the Irish and EU markets to competition from the foreign companies associated with the free trade agreements can create problems for some sectors. Above AFLOAT adds an 'Ireland-Max' class containership, one of a quartet of Chinese built ships under the Cypriot flag and which operates out of Irish ports to mainland Europe in addition linking the UK.
Due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant has forced some countries to reverse plans to reopen their economies, denting the hopes of Irish exporters for continued expansion. In particular, falling exports to countries outside of Europe are beginning…
Gary Mills and family in their Rankin dinghy in Cork Harbour
The Rankin dinghy revival has positively impacted Cove Sailing Club and is a source of satisfaction to those who have made great efforts over the past few years to restore this historic fleet in Cork Harbour. Two of the stalwarts…
Sara Feeney (left) Ellen Glynn on the shores of Galway Bay
Grammy award-winning singer Taylor Swift has made contact with one of the two Galway cousins who survived a 15-hour ordeal in Galway Bay after they were swept out to the Atlantic on paddleboards last August. As The Sunday Times reported,…
The DB21 Naneen arrives in Kilrush in 2016 pre-restoration, with (left to right) Fionan de Barra, boatbuilder Steve Morris, designer Paul Spooner, and Hal Sisk.
The restoration of all seven original Dublin Bay 21ft One-Designs (the oldest of them date from 1903) is still work in progress. But a major milestone in the process - the Cape Horn of a unique voyage – was safely…
Topper dinghies from Galway City Sailing Club sailing on Galway Bay
Galway Bay has a ring of sailing clubs dotted around the shoreline, says one of the founders of the Galway City Sailing Club, which is marking its 10th year in existence. It is an impressive grouping of maritime enthusiasts and…
An elite Irish military unit conducted a counter terrorism exercise involving a staged hijacking of a (Stena Line) ferry when bound for Dublin Port. AFLOAT adds the exercise took place in the approaches of Dublin Bay and during a routine morning crossing of the E-Flexer class ro-pax Stena Estrid from Holyhead. Also above on the left is Howth Peninsula while on the right a ro-ro freightferry from operator Seatruck is also bound for the capital.
An elite special forces unit has carried out a counter terrorism exercise involving a staged hijacking of a ferry when bound for Dublin Port.  The Defence Forces special forces unit, the Army Ranger Wing, led the operation, assisted by the Air…
Gun smoke for Estelle as she is greeted back to Dun Laoghaire by a 21 gun salute by Dublin Bay Sailing Club
Photographer Michael Chester documented the arrival home of the first three restored Dublin Bay 21’s Number 3 Estelle, 4 Garavogue and 6 Naneen that sailed from Arklow yesterday (Friday 30th) July arriving at Dun Laoghaire at 17.00 where they were met by…
Home again. After an absence of 35 years - and all of 116 years after she first sailed here - the restored Dublin Bay 21 Naneen sails past Dun Laoghaire's East Pier lighthouse with a 21-gun salute
There's something about the way that Steve Morris and his boat-building team in Kilrush are restoring the 1903-vintage Dublin Bay 21s that speaks to people with only a vague notion of the sea and sailing. The class association circled around…
Submssions received from the public on proposals to redevelop Galway Harbour
Submissions numbering 200 in total, have been received from the public on plans for a major redevelopment of Galway Harbour. The vision for the harbour would involve the transformation of 17 acres of land surrounding the inner port's dock area.…

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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