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Greenore Port has sees an increase in number of arrivals with an above bulk-carrier on Carlingford Lough
On Carlingford Lough is Greenore Port which has seen a 31% increase in the number of vessels arriving to the port between 2019 and 2021, with the gross tonnage increasing by a quarter, according to the latest Central Statistics Office…
Dublin Port accounted for 61% of all vessel arrivals in Irish ports last year, new CSO figures show
New Central Statistics Office figures show that the number of vessels arriving in Irish ports last year rose by 7% on 2020 levels. The gross tonnage of all arriving vessels in 2021 also increased by 7%, the CSO said. Irish…
The new owner of Belfast’s Harland & Wolff shipyard has said its business is improving after announcing a pre-tax loss of £25.5m for its latest reporting period. Above AFLOAT adds in recent weeks was the double dry-docking of Northern Lighthouse Board's NLV Pharos seen sharing the Belfast Dry-Dock with Stena Horizon, a ropax that serves Stena's Rosslare-Cherbourg route.
The shipyard owner of Belfast's Harland & Wolff has said its business is improving after announcing a pre-tax loss of £25.5 million for its latest reporting period. Infrastrata PLC, which bought the company out of administration in late 2019, officially…
The Irish Maritime Transport Economist, Volume 19 cover
The 19th and latest edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist, a report produced by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) on Ireland’s maritime freight industry, has been published today (Monday 23 May) and makes for encouraging reading for the…
A second rail-freight service linking Ballina, Co. Mayo and the Port of Waterford is to start in June.
A weekly container train between Ballina and Belview Port, Waterford in July 2021 was launched by XPO Logistics for onward shipping connections to mainland Europe. Loadings on the new service reports Multimodal UK, were initially a little sporadic due to…
Optima Seaways has returned to the Rosslare-Dunkerque route having launched in 2021 the 'Brexit' bypass alternative for freight hauliers on the direct link between Ireland and mainland Europe.
Danish operator DFDS has confirmed that a third freight ferry last week joined its Rosslare Europort – Dunkerque fleet as Afloat previously referred, with the first departure from the northern France port on Wednesday 11th May. The Rosslare – Dunkerque…
Bosses at a Scottish shipyard fear the £250m pair of ferries won't see (CalMac) service amidst spiralling series of serious faults.
A catalogue of spiralling faults with two vessels is at the centre of Scotland’s ferry fiasco under the stewardship of minister-controlled Ferguson Marine has prompted serious shipyard concerns over whether they will ever see service. A damning March internal analysis…
Dundalk Port which may change back to local ownership
Dundalk Port could come back under local ownership, after Louth County Council confirmed it hopes to be ready to begin the transfer process before the end of the year. The port has been under the auspices of Dublin Port since 2011,…
Harland & Wolff are delighted to appoint The Seafarers's Charity as their 2021/22 partner.
The iconic Belfast shipyard and multisite fabrication company of Harland & Wolff with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree has appointed The Seafarers’ Charity as its 2021/22 partner. This partnership will see Harland & Wolff join forces with one…
The Clyde shipyard of Ferguson Marine, were the issue of the shipyard was raised by Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross at FMQs.
The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has said she will “not apologise” for decisions taken with the aim of saving the shipyard Ferguson Marine. The Clyde yard was nationalised in 2019, but island communities are still awaiting the delivery…
Cunard's Queen Victoria arriving to Harland & Wolff shipyard is the only ever Cunard ship to dry-dock in Belfast.
The 294m Queen Victoria cruise ship is in Belfast Harbour for dry-docking and is another luxurious vessel turning heads this week. Putting the sheer scale into context, Queen Victoria as Belfast Telegraph writes, is around 25m longer than the Titanic or…
At the Clydeside shipyard of Ferguson Marine is where the 100-tonne block lift of the bow to be connected onto Hull 802. The ferry Afloat adds is one of two for operator CalMac.
Clydeside shipyard Ferguson Marine announced on Monday, the completion of a major milestone in the build of one of the dual fuel ferries currently under construction. Hull 802, as the vessel is currently known, was fitted with its large bow…
On the Clyde the historic Govan Docks downriver of Glasgow City, are to be restored so they can repair ships once more.The docks have been derelict for 35 years.
On the River Clyde a £500,000 scheme was announced to re-open the A-listed derelict Govan Graving Dock, just west of the Glasgow Science Centre at Pacific Quay on the river's south side. According to The Scotsman, the company behind the…
Shipyard group H&W opens an apprenticeship scheme for a significant intake of recruits across their five operations among them Belfast where above one of three cruiseships of Viking Cruises AFLOAT reported in 2020 as the shipyard refitted the trio of ships. A fleetmate Viking Venus this month visited Belfast Harbour in addition an anchorage call off Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
Shipyard group, Harland & Wolff plc is pleased to announce an apprenticeship scheme that is now open for applications. Running across all five Harland & Wolff operations (Appledore, Arnish, Belfast, Methil and its London headquarters) the group will be looking…
When dry-docking at A&P Falmouth is completed, the MV Balmoral according to operator Fred Olsen, is set to return to cruising in early May, with the ship sailing north to Newcastle, where teams will continue preparations. AFLOAT adds a fleetmate, Borealis made a maiden call to Cobh, Cork Harbour last week as the first caller in more than two years to visit.
A dry-dock at A&P Falmouth has welcomed a 218-meter /1,325 capacity cruise ship which is operated by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. Fred. Olsen cruise ships are regular visitors to Falmouth International Cruise Terminal, which is also operated by A&P. However,…
Rosslare Europort - The masterplan for the port includes digitalisation of systems and operations, provision of new freight and passenger facilities, storage, export and import facilities, and a berth extension
Rosslare Europort has announced a 200 million euro investment plan to establish an offshore renewable energy (ORE) hub with potential creation of 2,000 jobs. A total of 350 million euro will be invested with implementation of a Rosslare Europort masterplan,…

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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