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The UK Ship repair and ship building specialist A&P Group (Tyne, Tees & Falmouth) has appointed Eddie Purves as its new group managing director. Above the cruiseship (Adonia previously with P&O Cruises) in dry-dock at the group's facility in Falmouth, Cornwall.
The UK ship repair and ship building specialist the A&P Group has announced the appointment of its new group managing director. Eddie Purves takes the lead of A&P’s three facilities located on the Tyne, Tees and Falmouth, following more than…
The Islandmagee project is a proposed salt cavern gas storage facility located on Islandmagee in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
A gas storage project, located off the coast of Northern Ireland, has been awarded a Marine Construction Licence, giving it the green light to proceed towards construction. Islandmagee Energy’s gas storage project will initially unlock seven much-needed gas storage caverns.…
Portsmouth Port terminal
Portsmouth City Council's cabinet in the UK have approved a strategy for shore power provision at Portsmouth International Port, which will allow visiting ships to switch their engines off whilst alongside. The port has bold plans to tackle emissions and…
Regina Seaways has entered service for DFDS Rosslare Europort-Dunkirk route, boosting capacity by 30% on the direct route to the EU. The ropax built by Apuania approaches the Wexford port.
Regina Seaways is the latest freight-only ferry to serve DFDS Rosslare Europort-Dunkirk 'Brexit-buster' route, having this month begun service on the direct link to the continental mainland, writes Jehan Ashmore. The debut of Regina Seaways further increases capacity to 30%…
 An Taoiseach visited Rosslare Europort, Co. Wexford, where he was photographed (at the port's control tower) with Jim Meade CEO of Iarnród Éireann and Glenn Carr General Manager of the south-east port. AFLOAT adds the ferry seen at the port's outer pier is the Visby on charter to DFDS for their ro-ro route that bypasses the UK-EU landbridge by linking directly to mainland Europe via Dunkirk in northern France.
An Taoiseach Micheál Martin has finally met with the management and staff at Rosslare Europort yesterday (Friday). While an earlier planned visit had been scuppered by Covid-19, the Taoiseach was keen to see for himself the surge in activity at…
New rail-freight container service linking Port of Waterford and Ballina, Co. Mayo is launched today at the south-east port, the nearest Irish port Afloat adds to mainland continental Europe.
At the Port of Waterford today, Iarnród Eireann and XPO Logistics, a leading global provider of freight transportation solutions, launched a new rail freight service in each direction between the south-east port and Ballina, Co Mayo. The new rail service…
In Scotland, work has begun on constructing the UK Royal Navy new Type 31 warships. It will support about 1,250 highly skilled jobs at Babcock and lead to an additional 150 apprenticeships.
Officially work has started on a £1.25bn project to build five new warships for the UK's Royal Navy. UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace cut the first steel for the first Type 31 frigate - HMS Venturer - due to be…
Containerships (lo-lo) vessels at Belview Port, the main terminal at the Port of Waterford on Co. Kilkenny side of the River Suir.
Members of Wexford County Council have unanimously passed a motion calling on the government to look at amalgamating Rosslare Europort with Belview Port in Waterford. The motion on these Irish Ports, was brought by Independent councillor Ger Carthy, who proposed…
Team Resolute, a UK consortium consisting of Harland & Wolff, Navantia and BMT Global is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Competitive Procurement Phase (CPP) design contract by the UK Ministry of Defence.
Harland & Wolff, a wholly owned subsidiary of InfraStrata plc, and soon to be known as Harland & Wolff Group Holdings plc, as Afloat previously reported has announced several key successes across its yards in Belfast and Appledore. In addition to…
RV Tom Crean hull is completed
Ireland’s new state-of-the-art multipurpose marine research vessel, the RV Tom Crean, has recently reached a key milestone with the completion of the vessel’s hull. The RV Tom Crean consists of 32 individual hull units expertly assembled to form the hull…
The parent company of Harland & Wolff, Infrastrata plc has applied in the UK to the Companies House to trade under the new name Harland & Wolff Group Holdings plc. The group includes the famous shipyard in Belfast as well as four facilities across the UK.
The UK quoted company, InfraStrata plc which focuses on strategic infrastructure projects and physical asset lifecycle management, is pleased to announce it has applied to Companies House to trade under the name Harland & Wolff Group Holdings plc. The parent…
The bow of the new Irish cargoship, Arklow Clipper and prior to its launch this morning in the Netherlands.
A new Irish multipurpose cargoship, Arklow Clipper was launched this morning in a Dutch shipyard for Arklow Shipping, bringing to six in the latest of the 'C' class series, writes Jehan Ashmore. It was in 2017 when Arklow Cliff became…
New apprentices at the iconic shipyard of H&W in Belfast. Additional apprentices were also welcomed at H&W's other marine engineering sites located on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland and England.
Shipyard Harland & Wolff, with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, has taken on 34 new apprentices across all of its four sites as part of its first ‘Apprentice Induction Event.’ H&W a wholly-owned subsidiary of InfraStrata…
H&W has taken on 13 apprentices at its iconic Belfast shipyard site.
Harland & Wolff, the iconic Belfast shipyard with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering, has welcomed 13 new apprentices to its flagship site as part of its very first ‘Apprentice Induction Day’. According to H&W the scheme will…
Belfast shipyard, Harland & Wolff is set to bid for maintenance work on two huge UK Royal Navy aircraft carriers.
Parent company of Harland & Wolff has said it is ready to bid for an estimated £30m 10-year deal to dry-dock, repair and maintain two giant UK Royal Navy 'Queen Elizabeth' class aircraft carriers. InfraStrata shut down large parts of…
Construction has commenced on Manxman, the new flagship ferry for the Isle of Man Steam Packet. Key stakeholders were in attendance at the steel-cutting ceremony in Ulsan, South Korea where a formal pushing of the button took place to mark the first piece of steel to be cut.
Construction of Manxman has begun at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea with the vessel to become the new flagship ferry for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.  The first steel cut for the 133m-long Manxman took place yesterday at…

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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