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The newbuild cable barge was lifted within the Harland & Wolff (Appledore) shipyard building hall in north Devon, England, where the vessel is to operate for the UK’s Royal Navy at the main base in Portsmouth. The yard has, under previous owners, built more than 300 ships, among them the Irish Naval Service’s most modern OPV, L.É. George Bernard Shaw (P64) which was commissioned in 2018.
Harland & Wolff (Appledore), the north Devon shipyard in England, has reached an important milestone at the facility that, under previous owners, as Afloat reported, built in 2018 the last offshore patrol vessel for the Irish Naval Service. On this latest…
Industrial Action: the Harland and Wolff shipyard in east Belfast with its iconic cranes. Afloat notes this week (11-13th June) the company is exhibiting at Seawork 2024 held at the Mayflower Park in Southampton.
At the historic Harland & Wolff Group’s shipyard in Belfast, workers have voted in favour of carrying out industrial action. The General, Municipal, & Boilermakers (GMB) union has said its members voted with a 98% majority after the shipbuilder, which…
Newbuild MV Loch Indaal has been launched at the Cemre Marin Endustri shipyard in Yalova, Turkey. Alongside its twin, MV Isle of Islay, launched in March, the new ferry will service Islay and Jura. The pair form part of four ferries being built at the shipyard.
A newbuild ferry, which is due to enter service for Scottish west coast islands operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac), has been successfully launched in Turkey. The MV Loch Indaal, which is to serve Islay and Jura, was launched at the Cemre…
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…
UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak spoke of its government’s commitment to supporting the shipbuilding sector across the nation. At Harland & Wolff, Belfast is where facilities are in preparation for the company’s Fleet Solid Support (FSS) sub-contract. Afloat adds on Monday, H&W hosted members above of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee as part of its inquiry into defence spending levels throughout the UK.
Across the Irish Sea, the UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, has said his government is committed to supporting the shipbuilding sector right across the nation. Speaking on the sector at Westminster, during Prime Minister's Questions, he said,"I've seen first hand…
The proposed plans for the ORE Hub at Rosslare Europort will include the expansion of the existing site and the upgrading of existing port infrastructure in order to facilitate and accommodate the construction and operation of offshore wind farms
Rosslare Europort's Port Authority, Iarnród Éireann, has initiated a non-statutory consultation regarding the establishment of an Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub at Rosslare Europort. With Ireland's expansive sea area of 490,000 sq km, the country is poised to become a…
Harland and Wolff has said negotiations with the UK government are continuing
The shipyard owner of Belfast’s Harland and Wolff Group has denied that the UK government has refused to give the group a £200m loan guarantee which is seen as crucial to the yard’s future. As The Times newspaper reported on…
John Mullins, who is standing for Fine Gael in the European elections in the Ireland South constituency
A European election candidate and former Port of Cork chairman says plans at Rosslare and Cork Ports must be accelerated to enable the construction and maintenance of the offshore wind farms. Former Bord Gais Éireann chief executive John Mullins, who…
The new Greencastle Harbour breakwater
The community of Greencastle in County Donegal, Ireland, has celebrated the official opening of the Greencastle Harbour Breakwater. The breakwater, which measures 270 metres, is expected to improve the safety and effectiveness of the harbour for all users, including tourism…
The former Fred Olsen Cruise Lines 929 passenger ship, Braemar, is at Harland & Wolff’s Belfast shipyard, where refurbishment has begun. The ship’s departure from Belfast Dry Dock for its inaugural three-and-a-half-year world cruise has been rescheduled to accommodate necessary operational enhancements. The vessel, to be renamed Villa Vie Odyssey, will now depart from Belfast Harbour on May 30.
Harland & Wolff has signed a contract with Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US-based cruise brand Villa Vie Residences to carry out at its historic Belfast Dry Dock a refurbishment of the 24,344 gross tonnage cruise ship Braemar, writes Jehan Ashmore. Commenting…
The new service between Rosslare and Cherbourg will be operated by Condor's ferry, the Commodore Clipper, which has been chartered by Brittany Ferries
Brittany Ferries, the popular ferry operator, has announced plans to add a third weekly return-sailing between Rosslare and Cherbourg from April 29th. The move is aimed at boosting connectivity ahead of the company's rail-ferry service launch in 2025. The new…
Harland & Wolff’s CEO, Mr. Wood, said a replacement vessel for the new operator, Scilly Ferries, had become unviable due to conflict in the Middle East. AFLOAT adds that the above fast ferry is the original proposed craft; however, an alternative, Aquabus Jet 1, has been chartered and renamed Atlantic Wolff. The craft departed Spain, and today (24 April), it is off Portugal before it completes a delivery voyage to Portsmouth in the UK.
Scilly Ferries, a division of Harland & Wolff Group, is a new ferry operator that was due to start running in May between the Isles of Scilly and Penzance, Cornwall, but has been delayed. The shipbuilder group announced on Friday that…
Masterplan in well in progress with construction at Rosslare Europort, where Stena Vision, one of two ferries serving the Swedish operator’s route connecting Europe through Cherbourg, France. The Irish south-east port which has seen a dramatic surge in Brexit-bypass freight directly to the continent, has a dominant 41% market share of the ro-ro traffic. On a recent visit, Afloat observed the construction of several port infrastructure buildings taking shape at Co. Wexford port estate.
Construction work is well underway at Rosslare Europort to develop the south-east port’s masterplan and follows the massive surge in Brexit bypass freight trade traffic to and from the continent, writes Jehan Ashmore. Each week the strategically located south-east port,…
In a historic landmark event symbolising the restoration of devolution in Northern Ireland, Harland & Wolff Group welcomed the largest cross-party delegation of Westminster politicians to the group’s largest shipyard in Belfast. The delegation led by Hilary Benn, MP, last month got the chance to tour the yard site and meet with the workforce.
At the iconic Belfast shipyard of Harland & Wolff, a landmark event that symbolised the restoration of devolution in Northern Ireland took place when the yard welcomed last month a cross-party delegation of MP’s. Ben Murray, Chief of Staff and…
A £28 million contract to build a new N.I. government-owned research vessel has been awarded to Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armon Vigo S.A. AFLOAT highlights this is the same shipyard that in 2022 built the RV Tom Crean for the Marine Institute as well to using the same (ST-366) design.
In Northern Ireland a £28 million contract to build a new government-owned research vessel (RV) has been awarded to Spanish shipyard Astilleros Armon Vigo S.A. The contract for the 52.8m newbuild comes from the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural…
Newbuild launched: MV Glen Rosa, the second of two dual fuel vessels being built at Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow, was launched today on the Clyde. The newbuild, Afloat adds, along with the twin, MV Glen Sannox, was considerably delayed as the ferry was due to enter service in 2018. The pair are to serve CalMac's Arran route in south-west Scotland.
The newbuild MV Glen Rosa, the second of two dual fuel ferries being built at Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow, was successfully launched into the Clyde today (9 April). Like twin lead ferry MV Glen Sannox, the MV Glen…

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.”