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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…
#irishports - At TU Dublin, Ireland's first technological university, a multi-disciplinary applied research team is working on a project to assess potential post-Brexit implications for the logistics and transportation sector. The work of the project research team will also access…
New directors appointed to port of Waterford board
#irishports - Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Shane Ross, has appointed two new directors to the board of the Port of Waterford Company following a competitive process managed by the Public Appointments Service. Waterford Live writes, William Johnston and…
Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade
#irishports - Leading experts along with Irish businesses say the Government needs to tap special funds from the EU to help offset the effects of Brexit. As the Irish Examiner reports, for hauliers, Aidan Flynn, who heads up Freight Transport…
#IrishPorts - Plans to acquire port land the Government have said at Dublin Port and Rosslare is in order to prevent congestion caused by any new custom checks, in the event of a no-deal Brexit. According to RTE News, the…
W.B Yeats is heading ever closer to Irish shores during its maiden delivery voyage, though with landfall today, firstly to Rosslare Europort. It is from the Wexford port where Irish Ferries services to France in 2019 remain in doubt which has led to a swift response from the Irish Minister of Tourism given the context of post-Brexit and implications on direct freight links to mainland Europe.
#ferry - Irish Ferries W.B. Yeats inaugural call to France yesterday for berthing trials in advance of starting service from Dublin in 2019, is to be followed today with a call to Rosslare Europort before finally completing the maiden delivery…
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…
#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…
#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…
#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…

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.

These pages cover the following sectoral areas: shipowners, harbour authorities, shipbrokers, freight forwarders and contractors, cruise liner operators, port users, seamen, merchants, academic institutions, shipyards and repair facilities, naval architects, navy and defence personnel.

Our pages are covering some of the most notable arrivals around our coast and reporting too on port development and shipping news.

This section of the site deals with Port and Shipping News on our largest ports Dublin Port, Port of Cork, the Shannon Estuary, Galway Harbour and Belfast Lough.

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.

Liam Lacey, Director of the Marine Institute’s Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) said, “The Irish maritime industry can look to the future with confidence. It has shown itself to be resilient and agile in responding to challenges. Over the past decade, it has had to respond to the challenges of the financial crisis of 2008, the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and recent challenges. Ireland’s maritime sector has continued to underpin our economy by maintaining vital shipping links for both trade and tourism.”

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