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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…
#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…
#ferry -  A container was discovered to have eight people inside when it arrived on a ferry into Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford. The four adults, two teenagers and two children according to RTE are all reported to be safe.…
The Irish Rail operated Rosslare Europort in Co. Wexford
#Rosslare2040 - Rail operated Rosslare Europort has featured prominently in the their response to the Governments ‘National Planning Framework’ consultation. According to MultiModal, the National Planning Framework is the plan that sets out what the transport needs for the country…
MV Neptune Dynamis, which begins a weekly schedule calling at Rosslare Europort from this Saturday , 8th April
#NewService - A new weekly shipping service to Rosslare Europort begins this Saturday 8th April which is to be operated by Greek based Neptune Lines. At 07.30hrs on Saturday, the MV Neptune Dynamis (built 2002) will arrive at the Europort,…
#Rail&Sail – Rosslare Europort is a unique Irish port as the Co. Wexford harbour is operated by state-owned Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann) which today celebrates its 30th anniversary, writes Jehan Ashmore. Irish Rail was established on 2 February 1987 and…
File Photo: Stena Horizon which this afternoon docked in Rosslare. In the shadow of the ferry is alongside the 'bunker' tanker Mersey Spirit (see today's report). Also seen is the arrival of timber trader cargoship Ayress. The Irish Rail operated port has waived fees for cruiseships visiting from this year's season and up to 2019.
#Dredging - In recent weeks at Rosslare Europort a dredging programme was conducted within the harbour to remove spoil offshore, writes Jehan Ashmore. Dredging operations were carried out by Sospan Dau and assistance from tug Trojan. The resultant spoil was…
Santa by Sea – The RNLI assist Santa Claus this Christmas at Rosslare
Santa arrived by sea into Rosslare Europort at the weekend. Rosslare-Europort, being the closest point from the southern part of Ireland to the UK and the European Mainland, is a hub of all the major RORO Passenger and Freight services…
Fred Olsen Lines MS Braemar which made a maiden call to Rosslare Europort this summer, the first such call of a cruiseship in twenty years
#ChargesWaived - Shipping lines have been notified by Rosslare Harbour that it is to waive charges for cruise ships for 2017, 2018 and 2019. The initiative is to establish the south-east as a destination for what is Europe’s fastest growing tourism…
#CruiseRosslare – Afloat in April reported on the planned visit of the first cruiseship to Rosslare in twenty years, this took place at the Co. Wexford ferryport this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Rosslare Europort welcomed Fred Olsen Lines MS Braemar…
Rosslare Europort Hosts First Meeting of Stakeholder Advisory Group
#rosslare – Iarnród Éireann, Port Authority for Rosslare Europort, has held the first meeting of a new Stakeholder Advisory Group for the Europort, with representatives of port customers (shipping companies), the local authority, business and tourism locally, hauliers, fishing, employees…
Investors Sought to Upgrade Rosslare Europort
#RosslarePort - The Wexford People writes that up to €40 million is sought from investors to commit in a major upgrade of Rosslare Europort that will equip it to handle the ships of the future. Iarnród Éireann, the Port Authority…
More Cruise Ship Business For Rosslare Europort
#cruiseship – Rosslare Europort is to see more cruise business in 2016 with the announcement that the Fred Olsen Lines cruise ship MS Braemar will visit on 16th July next year. MS Braemar has 485 cabins with capacity for 929…
Rosslare Europort Revisited by Car-Touring ‘Epsilon’ One-Year On
#EpsilonYear1 - Irish Ferries Dublin-Cherbourg route launched a year ago by ro-pax Cartour Epsilon as previously reported on Afloat.ie, made an en-route to Rosslare Europort last Monday having sailed from France, writes Jehan Ashmore. The chartered Italian flagged ferry Epsilon…

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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