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Newbuilds: Yet more delays to two CalMac ferries that could see them completed up to another three months late and cost three times over budget have been revealed by builder Ferguson Marine.
Shipyard chief executive David Tydeman told MSPs in a letter on Wednesday that the two ferries, which are five years late, would cost up to £209.6 million to complete compared to the previous estimate of up to £122m. According to…
National Ports Study - It claims to be the most detailed analysis ever conducted on the readiness of Irish ports for the development of offshore renewable energy
Belfast is the only port on the island of Ireland which is ready to construct offshore wind farms, according to a new study published by Wind Energy Ireland. The national ports study published at the body’s annual offshore wind energy…
The Brexit Adjustment Reserve will help fund the expansion at Rosslare Europort which is designed to provide protection for the EU single market.
An expansion of Rosslare Europort to cost €200m, which will Brexit-proof the ferryport facility, has been given the green light. The Cabinet writes the Irish Examiner, has signed off on a significant development of the port, which is necessary to…
File photo of first newbuild MV Glen Sannox, one of a pair of dual-fuel ferries originally due to be completed in 2018 but have been delayed with delivery to CalMac expected during 2023.
A pair of delayed ferries at the centre of a Scottish Government shipyard row are still on track to be delivered during 2023. Business Minister Ivan McKee confirmed the MV Glen Sannox and the as-yet-unnamed Hull 802 still have a…
Newbuild technical problems including issues with 125 miles of cables among threats to a project are at the centre of a Scottish shipyard fiasco to deliver a pair of duel-fuel ferries for Clyde and Hebrides network
A Clydeside shipyard has new technical problems including issues with 125 miles of cables are posing a further threat to a project to deliver one of the vessels at the centre of Scotland's ferry fiasco. New nationalised Ferguson Marine analysis reveals that…
The parent company of shipbuilder of Harland&Wolff plc bought the Appledore shipyard, north Devon in August 2020 in a £7m deal.
Shipbuilder group Harland and Wolff has reported a widened pre-tax loss of £25.5m as expenses swelled during its Covid-19 recovery. The maritime engineering company is known for the famous Belfast shipyard where the Titanic was built, and its parent company…
Shipyard delays as MV Glen Sannox is due to enter the Arran service between March and May 2023. The ferry for CalMac is one of two newbuilds that was due to be completed by 2018.
The delayed CalMac ferry MV Glen Sannox returned to Ferguson Marine Port Glasgow (FMPG) shipyard on Tuesday, following a two week stint at a dry dock in Greenock where it was undergoing work. The vessel – one of two dual-fuel…
Rosslare Europort is to see a new trial 'passenger' service connecting France when operator DFDS launch on their existing Rosslare-Dunkirk freight route from Friday, 5th August, with five sailings per week. AFLOAT adds this will be a first for DFDS with the link between Ireland and mainland Europe, however, the Danish company, for a brief spell, had passenger and freight routes on the Irish Sea until exiting the Ireland-UK market in early 2011
Rosslare Europort user DFDS is to trail a new passenger ferry service on their existing freight route to Dunkirk, which began sailings early last year between Ireland and France. The inaugural passenger sailing is to take place this Friday, 5…
Belview Terminal
The Port of Waterford has recently announced its trading activity for 2021 and the 1st half of 2022. Financial Results 2021 The financial statements for 2021 have recently been laid before the Oireachtas and are now available on the Company website, The…
A cruise ship of Saga Cruises visits scenic Bantry Bay
In the southwest, the Bantry Bay Port Company is working with community groups to consider further developments at the Abbey pier area and the tidal slob area in the inner harbour with the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI).…
The ban on Russian vessels entering Irish ports on the foot of sanctions from the European Union amid the continuing invasion of Ukraine is being extended to locks from the Friday (29 July). An amended version of Marine Notice No…
Harland & Wolff's Appledore Shipyard Secures ‘Watershed’ Defence Contract Harland & Wolff's Appledore Shipyard Secures ‘Watershed’ Defence ContractHarland & Wolff's Appledore shipyard has been awarded a £55m contract to regenerate a former Royal Navy mine-hunting vessel, with the "watershed" agreement set…
Boss of CMAL Kevin Hobbs said 'catastrophic failure' saw money 'effectively wasted' on mistakes on (CalMac) ferry pair been built at a Scottish shipyard. CMAL (Afloat adds) owns the ferries, ports, harbours and infrastructure for the ferry services serving the west coast of Scotland, the Firth of Clyde and the Northern Isles.
From the outset mistakes made in the construction of two ferries delayed by over five years saw money “effectively wasted” on rebuilding units, the chief executive officer of Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) said. Kevin Hobbs claimed that the issues…
Rosslare Europort: EU funding to improve rail and road links with the busy south-east ferryport
Irish Rail (Iarnród Eireann) has announced the purchase of an 18-acre site in Rosslare Europort to support the future growth of the (ferry)harbour which has seen a significant increase in traffic and new routes. The company also revealed that it…
A multimodal freight train at Belview Port in Waterford
Irish Rail has been awarded €2.5 million for supporting studies for the development of a rail freight system connecting Ireland’s busiest seaports and establishing transfer points for freight between rail and road. It’s one of a number of projects to…
Newbuild Manxman was floated out of drydock at around 08.30am (Korean time) on 14th June and taken by tugs to an outfitting berth where internal works will continue including electrical works, commissioning of machinery and equipment and interior outfitting.  This main Isle of Man ferry is due for delivery in 2023.
The new Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's ferry has reached the completion phase of dry-building at an Asian shipyard with the company celebrating this key event of the Manxman's construction process.   Despite the extreme challenges posed by the global COVID-19…

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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