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Figures released from the Central Statistics Office reveal that Irish ports handled 55.1 million tonnes of goods last year, an increase of 3.3% on the previous year. Total goods forwarded from Irish ports, RTE News reports, amounted to 18 million…
The Irish State has developed infrastructure (for border checks post-Brexit) at Dublin Port (above) and Rosslare Europort in addition at Dublin airport
Almost €8 million, The Irish Times reports, has been spent by the State buying land and developing properties at Dublin Port, Dublin airport and Rosslare Europort for border checks post-Brexit. Paschal Donohoe the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform said…
In this view at the Port of Sligo, the port side of Sea Harmony is shown as is the extent of the cargoship's open hold which is clearly demonstrated given the fully retracted hatch-covers are stowed in an upright position. Stacked on the Deepwater Quay were round timber (logs) currently in the process of export as the ship today is bound for Birkenhead, Merseyside in the UK.
A cargoship which first visited the Port of Sligo in recent months featured on RTE News when docked again in the port at the weekend which coincided with the National Famine Commemoration, writes Jehan Ashmore. At the remembrance event attended…
Warrenpoint Port CEO Clare Guinness joins, from left, Colin Trundley, European Operation Director - Liquid CO2, Nippon Gases and Gerard Dore, Commercial and Logistics Manager – Ireland, Nippon Gases to announce a €11 million investment by the Japanese firm that will establish a major liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) import and distribution terminal at the harbour.
Japanese industrial gas company Nippon Gases is to establish a major liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) import and distribution terminal at Warrenpoint Port. The €11 million (£9.5m) project represents the first major investment in Ireland by the firm since it purchased…
Famine replica museum ship Dunbrody alongside homeport of New Ross, Co. Wexford. New Ross Port is to be transferred to Wexford County Council within months. On the right oil tanks on the quay which are the subject of negotiations between the council and Department of Transport.
#irishports - New Ross Port is to be transferred to Wexford County Council within the coming months and will lead to great opportunities for the development of the quays area of the town. As NewRoss Standard writes, this is the…
The Town Dock House works will include a complete refurbishment of the existing building and an extension which will provide additional office space and board room facilities.
Work has commenced on the redevelopment of the landmark Town Dock House at Warrenpoint Port, the flagship project in the harbour’s £4 million capital investment programme.The building, which fronts onto Warrenpoint Town Square, will be returned to its former use…
Short-sea trader Odertal, Afloat adds with a dry-bulk cargo when berthed at the Port of Waterford
#irishports - Details of the Port of Waterford's financial results and operating performance for 2018 have been announced by the south-east port.  The company’s accounts reports Waterford Live, show operating profits of €1.9m for the year to December 31, an…
#ferries - At the end of last year Irish Continental Group (ICG) announced its decision not to run its Irish Ferries services this summer to France from Rosslare, Co Wexford, the move was met with both surprise and shock in…
Rosslare port is the closest, geographically speaking, to mainland Europe. AFLOAT adds the busy scene of the south-east ferryport taken in January features: Stena Europe (on left) currently undergoing extensive refit work in a dry-dock in Turkey. Taking its place on the Fishguard route is Stena Nordica (on right) having stood in previously on the Cherbourg route while Stena Horizon (not in photo) was away also providing winter dry-dock relief of fleetmates on north Irish Sea routes. In the centre is freight-only ferry Stena Forerunner redeployed from Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) to undertake a 'once-off' round trip on the French service.
#ferries - As RTE reports here's something you don't hear everyday, especially from someone involved in the Irish transport industry. "Brexit, we believe, will bring opportunities." The man uttering these words is Glenn Carr, the general manager of Rosslare Europort. It…
#irishports - The Revenue Commissioners, reports RTE News, is to start providing key Brexit advice for transport companies and their drivers who are transporting goods to, from or through the UK after Brexit. Revenue said the information will be vital…
Boskalis Westminster's trailing suction hopper dredger 'Freeway' (4,500m3) recently alongside Belview container terminal at the Port of Waterford which is undergoing dredging operations to maintain sufficient depths at all stages of tide for ships calling along the estuary.
#Irishports - The Port of Waterford have issued a Marine Notice in recent days to advise all ship owners, shipmasters, agents, fishing vessels, pleasure craft users, seafarers and fishery organisations of a dredging campaign, writes Jehan Ashmore. The dredging operation…
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross
#irishports - The Minister for Transport Shane Ross writes Independent.ie is under fire over the readiness of the country's main ports to cope in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Documents released to Fianna Fáil's Robert Troy under Freedom of…
Dublin Port’s Cruise Call Cutbacks ‘Will Have Catastrophic Effect On Industry’
Dublin Port’s decision to reduce cruise liner visits from 2021 has sparked concern among the wider tourism industry in Ireland. As covered last month on Afloat.ie, rising freight volumes and the need to create space due to Brexit will mean…
A Little Tern flying in Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow
#irishports - Independent.ie writes Birdwatch Ireland is "alarmed" at emergency orders that could be utilised by the Government to override planning procedures for a no-deal Brexit scenario at Dublin and Rosslare ports. The group is concerned for the safety of…
The Government has ruled out leasing ships in the event that the route to mainland Europe is affected by Brexit.
#irishports - The State faces legal and logistical complications in managing a crash-out Brexit and is relying on emergency orders to bypass normal planning procedures to prepare, internal Government documents reveal. As The Irish Times reports, work on a wide…
Ray Ryan, assistant principal in the customs division of the Revenue Commissioners, speaking at the Freight Transport Association Ireland conference at Johnstown House, Enfield, Co Meath
#irishports - Speaking to The Irish Times, Jon Goodaker does not believe it is actually possible to have a no-deal Brexit. It would just lead to too many delays, too much chaos. “There are too many variables,” said the logistics…

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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