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Rise of 3.3% In Goods Handled - In and Out - of Irish Ports

12th June 2019
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Dublin Port accounted for 59.3% of all vessel arrivals in Irish ports last year. Above AFLOAT's photo of containership Karin Schepers when berthed at the MTL Terminal operated by Peel Ports Group. Dublin Port accounted for 59.3% of all vessel arrivals in Irish ports last year. Above AFLOAT's photo of containership Karin Schepers when berthed at the MTL Terminal operated by Peel Ports Group. Photo: Jehan Ashmore

Figures released from the Central Statistics Office reveal that Irish ports handled 55.1 million tonnes of goods last year, an increase of 3.3% on the previous year.

Total goods forwarded from Irish ports, RTE News reports, amounted to 18 million tonnes, a slight increase of 0.8% when compared with the previous year.

A total of 37.1 million tonnes of goods were received in 2018, an annual increase of 4.5%.

The CSO noted that Dublin port accounted for 59.3% of all vessel arrivals in Irish ports and 47.8% of the total tonnage of goods handled in 2018.

The routes between Dublin and three UK ports - Holyhead, Liverpool and Milford Haven were the busiest routes for inward movement of goods last year.

More on Irish ports can be read here.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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