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Sotiris Raptis, EcoPorts Coordinator; Eamonn O'Reilly (re-elected) ESPO Chairman; Zeno d'Agostino, ESPO Vice-Chair; Isabelle Ryckbost, ESPO Secretary General
#Ports&Shipping - Eamonn O’Reilly has been unanimously re-elected as European Sea Ports Organisation (EPSO) Chairman following a vote of the organisation's General Assembly in Brussels yesterday afternoon. For the past two years O’Reilly has been chairing ESPO in addition he…
Cetlic Spirit been loaded with Bord na Móna milled peat moss in Dublin Port during April and recently the Cardiff registered ship called to Wicklow Port to load SRF waste used for incineration. The shortsea trader is a successor to a ship of the same name when observed on a trip to Limerick Docks more than decade ago (see link below to earlier report).
#IrishPorts - Afloat previously reported recalling in Limerick Docks more than a decade ago of a general cargoship Celtic Spirit whose successor sharing the same name recently called to Wicklow Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. To recap, firstly the call of…
This day last week, 27 October, marked the 30th anniversary (1988) at Rosyth Naval Base, Scotland where a pair of UK Royal Navy 'Peacock' class vessels that were based in Hong Kong, were handed over to the Irish Naval Service, where they continue to serve proudly and with distinction as LÉ Orla (P41) and LÉ Ciara (P42). However they are among the oldest in the fleet.
#NavalService - A pair of Peacock class UK Royal Navy patrol vessels that had been based in Hong Kong, were handed over to the Irish Naval Service 30 years ago, writes Jehan Ashmore. The pair LÉ Orla (video) the former…
Containerships in Dublin Port: BG Ireland (a former regular to the port and Cork) and Manfred berthed at Southbank Quay of Peel Ports Group operated MTL Terminal.  In the foreground is the funnel and upper vehicle /cargo deck of P&O Ferries ro-ro Norbank bound for Liverpool.
#IrishPorts  - The Irish Examiner writes that exports to EU countries rose 15% over the past year with more than half of Irish goods going to the Continent in July, official figures have shown, as calls grow for Irish ports…
Belview, Co. Kilkenny is the main terminal at the Port of Waterford where planning permission has been granted to build bulk-storage facilities.
#IrishPorts- Shipping agency, Suir Shipping Ltd has been granted planning permission for Bulk Stores measuring 8,030 sq m at Waterford Port, located in Belview, south Kilkenny. The stores writes The Kilkenny People will be used to store port related products…
Taoiseach Varadker speaking in Derrynane, Co. Kerry where he announced that Ireland will have to hire around 1,000 new customs and veterinary inspectors to prepare the nation's ports and airports for Brexit.
#IrishPorts - The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said Ireland will have to hire around 1,000 new customs and veterinary inspectors to prepare the nation's ports and airports for Brexit. As the Journal.ie reports, Varadkar said that “with growing uncertainty” about…
Above signage taken in Rosslare Europort, which along with the Port of Cork according to MEP Liadh Ní Riada said the plan potentially uses these existing ports for "Brexit preparedness"
#Ports&Shipping - The European Commission has drawn up proposals for developing maritime links between Ireland and continental Europe as part of contingency plans for a possible 'no deal' Brexit outcome. As RTE News reports, Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada…
Calls for funding of Irish ports with better connections to continental Europe following Brexit among them Rosslare Europort (above) where rival ferry operators complete on services to the UK and France
#IrishPorts - There are growing calls writes the Irish Examiner for additional funding to be given to ports to improve connectivity to continental Europe following Brexit. Speaking at a joint Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) and Rosslare Europort conference in…
Clare Guinness, CEO, Warrenpoint Port
Warrenpoint Port is to invest £3 million in the purchase of a new crane and the refurbishment of two further cranes at the harbour. The investment, which will significantly improve efficiency and increase capacity, forms part of a major drive…
At the CEF Motorways of the Sea seminar on Understanding the Opportunities from the EUÕ, hosted at the Savoy Hotel in Limerick by Shannon Foynes Port Company, were from left: Prof Peter Balaz, European coordinator for the Ten - T North Sea-Mediterranean Corridor, Brian Simpson, European coordinator Motorways of the sea and Pat Keating, Chief Executive Officer at Shannon Foynes Port Company
#IrishPorts - A leading EU official overseeing a key element of the CEF ‘Motorways of the Sea’ project has confirmed that Ireland will have increased funding opportunities under the programme after plans for it were rewritten to take into account…
A report published by the IMDO highlights a 4% increase in Irish LoLo traffic to 731,451 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units). Above containership Karin Schepers docked in Dublin Port at the Peel Ports Group operated lo-lo MTL Terminal.
#Ports&Shipping - The Irish Maritime Transport Economist, a report produced by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) on Ireland’s maritime freight industry, was launched recently in Dublin. The report now in its 15th year, shows that in 2017, total port traffic…
Afloat has identified two ports in Ireland that have been PER certified as part of Eco-Ports, the main environmental initiative of the European port sector. Below are Eco-Port members that attended the ESPO Conference held last year in Barcelona, Spain
#IrishPorts - Since its establishment, EcoPorts has for the first time reached the number of 32 ports certified with the environmental performance standard of the network (PERS). Among the Port Environmental Review System (PER) certified ports, Afloat has identified two…
Warrenpoint Harbour Authority Warrenpoint Harbour Authority seeks to operate profitably within fair and competitive tariff arrangements so that the Port is economically sustainable. Its aim is to contribute as much as possible to the generation of economic wealth within the…

Port of Larne

4th December 2009 Irish Ports
Port of Larne The history of the Port of Larne stretches from the mists of time in the Middle Stone Ages, through the pre-Christian centuries and the Viking raids, to the more modern history of the 19th and 20th centuries…

Howth Harbour

4th December 2009 Irish Ports
Howth Harbour A picturesque fishing village nestled on the rugged peninsula that forms the north side of Dublin Bay, Howth is one of Ireland’s many hidden treasures. That is not to say that the village doesn’t receive its fair share…
Port of Greenore Greenore is a small town and deep water port on Carlingford Lough in Co. Louth, Ireland. The population of Greenore and the surrounding rural area (electoral area) was 898 in the 2002 Irish census. Greenore has the…

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