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Cameroon flagged cargoship Sheksna which departed Africa with aggregates arrived into the Port of Sligo this week with the scenic backdrop of Benbulbin. Only last month the north-west port saw a new cargo in the form of 'smokeless' coal from the Arigna plant exported to the UK.
A Cameroon flagged cargoship which sailed from north Africa three weeks ago, Afloat tracked arrive to the Port of Sligo with a cargo discharged for customers Arigna Fuels, writes Jehan Ashmore. The MV Sheksna (1994/2,052grt) on 23 September departed Sfax,…
The draft proposal slammed government ports policy as 'misguided' and 'naive'. Above the Tivoli Container Terminal at the Port of Cork.
In a confidential discussion document prepared by the Irish Ports Association (IPA) cite that the Exchequer should provide money for infrastructure development at Ireland's commercial ports. The draft document, circulated amongst port CEOs last week, heavily criticises Government policy on…
At Dublin Port announcing the launch of new customs clearance service, Declaron was Michael Costello, Managing Partner, BDO Ireland; Denis McCarthy, CEO of FEXCO; and Carol Lynch, Partner in BDO Customs and International Trade Services.
In a partnership financial services firm Fexco and BDO is to launch a new customs clearance service to assist Irish businesses to manage the substantial increase in customs clearance post Brexit. Declaron is designed to ensure customer compliance with new…
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney says Boris Johnson’s suggestion that the EU would blockade food to Northern Ireland is “spin and not the truth". Above in Dublin Port an Irish Sea serving ropax ferry connecting Liverpool along with a direct Ireland-mainland Europe serving ro-ro freightferry Celine dubbed the 'Brexit-Buster' given the ship bypasses the UK landbridge.
Government members at senior level have rejected claims from UK prime minister Boris Johnson that the EU is seeking to impose a blockade in the Irish Sea after Brexit. Taoiseach Micheál Martin said another of Mr Johnson’s claims – that…
Updated European Commission Brexit Readiness Notices As End Of Transition Period Nears
The latest Marine Notice from the Irish Maritime Administration compiles links to a series of updated notices from the European Commission on the legal and practical implications arising at the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December this…
Shipping Scene as seen from both sides of Ireland involved sisters in the east at Dublin Bay and in the west at the Port of Galway. Also featured in this Irish Ports story is the domestic freight service to the Aran Islands and those of the Channel Islands which had Irish links too in the form of Dundalk Shipping's Huelin Dispatch. Above AFLOAT's file photo of Valiant entering St. Peter Port, Guernsey during an internal Channel Islands cargoship service, whose owners had another fleetmate Vitality call to Galway so to load limestone today.
Ships come and go and at times sisters can be in Irish Port waters at the same time albeit apart and also serving different owners as in an example of today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ship's been the Alsterdiep (2008/2,954grt)…
Dublin Port Company accounted for 73.6% of all vessel arrivals in Irish ports in the first three months of the year. Above a containership berthed at one of the port's three container (lo-lo) terminals.
Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures show that six of the seven main Irish ports handled 12.1 million tonnes of goods in the first quarter of this year - a decrease of 5.2% compared with the same time last year. Goods…
Works are ongoing to fully open the Port of New Ross soon. Above AFLOAT adds in this file photo of the Co. Wexford inland port is the dry-cargo trader Magdalena alongside at Raheen which forms part of the port on the River Barrow.
The Port of New Ross will not be able to reopen to shipping traffic on the scale it was hoped this month due to a delay in completing health and safety works. Executive scientist with Wexford County Council Brendan Cooney…
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DocksTheFuture, the European Commission-funded project aimed at defining the vision for the ports of the future in 2030, has announced the launch of a ‘Network of Excellence’. The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) represents Irish ports in this network with…
A new chairman (cathaoirleach) has been voted in to New Ross Municipal District which also has responsibity for the town's port. AFLOAT adds New Ross is Ireland's most inland port located 32kms away from the sea on the River Barrow. Also above in this photo is the general cargoship, Cito unloading at Raheen Jetty, a dry-bulk facility located on the east bank of the Barrow.
New Ross Standard reports on the handing over of the chains of municipal council power was a mere formality (last) Monday as Fianna Fáil Cllr Michael Whelan was voted in as cathaoirleach for the second time, two days after his…
Set for a €30m investment, and transformation is Rosslare Europort as a new Port Masterplan, for which planning permission is about to be sought. ABOVE AFLOAT adds is the south-east port's current compound layout with ferry terminal dating to 1989. Also identified are ships (left to right): Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Braemar, Stena Line's Fishguard route superferry Stena Europe (currently at H&W, Belfast) and Irish Ferries cruiseferry Isle of Inishmore underway bound for Pembroke, south Wales.
Port authority Iarnród Éireann, operator of Rosslare Europort, is to undergo a major transformation as part of its Port Masterplan, as the authority is set to apply for planning permission next week. The Masterplan, together with initiatives under the strategic…
Plans for a new rail freight link between Ballina and (Belview) the Port of Waterford) is set to create a host of opportunities for local import and export businesses
RailSail: Details of a proposed new service were outlined by XPO Logistics at the latest Irish Exporters Association Western Council roundtable webinar. As Western People reports, Ballina Beverages – which is a long-standing client of XPO Logistics – will be…
Manufactured by Liebherr in Co. Kerry, the crane was delivered to Belfast Harbour’s D1 site (in Co. Down) in March. After a 12-week construction period, it was moved across the Victoria Channel by barge to VT3 (in Co. Antrim) in a complex 15-hour operation last weekend
A new £6.6M ship-to-shore container handling crane is Belfast Harbour’s largest-ever investment in a single piece of port equipment. The installation is part of a £40M upgrade of its Victoria Terminal 3 (VT3) container terminal. The new fully electric crane…
Rosslare Europort - in this busy 'file' scene shows a trio of rival operators' ferries berthed in the port which is the nearest to mainland Europe. They are (L-R) W.B. Yeats (Irish Ferries) Stena Europe (Stena Line) and Kerry (Brittany Ferries) which is the port's newest customer, operating route linking Ireland with France and Spain.
In the south-east, Wexford County Council has announced that it is about begin a public consultation process on the proposed N25 Rosslare Europort Access Road Scheme. The consultation period writes the New Ross Standard, runs from (next week) Monday June…
Port Of Waterford Highlights ‘Huge Potential’ To Service Offshore Wind Energy
The Port of Waterford is highlighting a new report which identifies Belview Port on the River Suir as ideally places to serve Ireland’s growing offshore wind energy sector. And it says strategic investment of €42 billion over the next 10…
According to a report by a renewable energy consultants, Carbon Trust found that ports serving as construction hubs need harbours with at least seven metres’ depth. That rules out all but three ports on the Irish Sea: Dublin (11m), Rosslare (10m) and Dún Laoghaire (8.5m) where as Afloats adds above is the forground is the harbour's Carlisle Pier
Irish Ports must quickly build its own infrastructure and expertise to construct offshore wind farms or will lose many billions’ worth of business to British ports and other foreign firms, industry experts warn. As Independent.ie writes, a report by renewable…

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.

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