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Systems newly designed to avoid chaotic scenes at Irish ports and airports in the event of a no-deal Brexit have not yet been trialled. With only 37 days until the potential worst-case scenario, the plans reports the Independent.ie, have yet…
General cargo ships occupy the Ted Russell Dock, Limerick where the single basin facility Afloat adds has a quartet of ships including a pair of Arklow Shipping vessels.
A call from the Green Party in Waterford for the connection between Rosslare, Waterford and Limerick to be considered part of Ireland’s ‘core network’ in the Trans European Transport Network (TEN-T) in a submission made to the Department of Transport’s…
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster or 'Brexit Minister' Michael Gove
Northern Ireland's Warrenpoint Port CEO Clare Guinness, following a visit to the port by The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove issued the following statement: “We facilitated a visit to the port by Michael Gove. “During a robust…
The WexfordPeople writes, following his visit to Wexford to officially open the M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy bypass, pictures were circulated of a smiling Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meeting with representatives at Rosslare Europort. Having shed his tie after a long day,…
The Government has paid €1.6 million for a site near Rosslare EuroPort where State inspectors will carry out checks on UK imports in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The purchase price paid by the Office of Public Works (OPW)…
Famine replica tallship Dunbrody docked at the Port of New Ross is the country's only inland port which is located on both sides of the River Barrow, 32km from the sea via Waterford Estuary.
At the historic Port of New Ross shipping will soon be run by Belview Port in Waterford, in a controversial move planned by Wexford County Council. As the New Ross Standard reports, the Director of Services for Economic Development Tony…
The Port of Waterford is planning for the future... so have your say on Wednesday, June 26th. Afloat adds the port's main terminal is located at Belview on the Co. Kilkenny side of Waterford Estuary.
On the southern tip of County Kilkenny is located the Port of Waterford which is beginning a public consultation process seeking inputs from all stakeholders on a proposed master plan setting out how the port could develop over the 25-year…
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…

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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