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Works are ongoing to fully open the Port of New Ross soon. Above AFLOAT adds in this file photo of the Co. Wexford inland port is the dry-cargo trader Magdalena alongside at Raheen which forms part of the port on the River Barrow.
The Port of New Ross will not be able to reopen to shipping traffic on the scale it was hoped this month due to a delay in completing health and safety works. Executive scientist with Wexford County Council Brendan Cooney…
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DocksTheFuture, the European Commission-funded project aimed at defining the vision for the ports of the future in 2030, has announced the launch of a ‘Network of Excellence’. The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) represents Irish ports in this network with…
A new chairman (cathaoirleach) has been voted in to New Ross Municipal District which also has responsibity for the town's port. AFLOAT adds New Ross is Ireland's most inland port located 32kms away from the sea on the River Barrow. Also above in this photo is the general cargoship, Cito unloading at Raheen Jetty, a dry-bulk facility located on the east bank of the Barrow.
New Ross Standard reports on the handing over of the chains of municipal council power was a mere formality (last) Monday as Fianna Fáil Cllr Michael Whelan was voted in as cathaoirleach for the second time, two days after his…
Set for a €30m investment, and transformation is Rosslare Europort as a new Port Masterplan, for which planning permission is about to be sought. ABOVE AFLOAT adds is the south-east port's current compound layout with ferry terminal dating to 1989. Also identified are ships (left to right): Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Braemar, Stena Line's Fishguard route superferry Stena Europe (currently at H&W, Belfast) and Irish Ferries cruiseferry Isle of Inishmore underway bound for Pembroke, south Wales.
Port authority Iarnród Éireann, operator of Rosslare Europort, is to undergo a major transformation as part of its Port Masterplan, as the authority is set to apply for planning permission next week. The Masterplan, together with initiatives under the strategic…
Plans for a new rail freight link between Ballina and (Belview) the Port of Waterford) is set to create a host of opportunities for local import and export businesses
RailSail: Details of a proposed new service were outlined by XPO Logistics at the latest Irish Exporters Association Western Council roundtable webinar. As Western People reports, Ballina Beverages – which is a long-standing client of XPO Logistics – will be…
Manufactured by Liebherr in Co. Kerry, the crane was delivered to Belfast Harbour’s D1 site (in Co. Down) in March. After a 12-week construction period, it was moved across the Victoria Channel by barge to VT3 (in Co. Antrim) in a complex 15-hour operation last weekend
A new £6.6M ship-to-shore container handling crane is Belfast Harbour’s largest-ever investment in a single piece of port equipment. The installation is part of a £40M upgrade of its Victoria Terminal 3 (VT3) container terminal. The new fully electric crane…
Rosslare Europort - in this busy 'file' scene shows a trio of rival operators' ferries berthed in the port which is the nearest to mainland Europe. They are (L-R) W.B. Yeats (Irish Ferries) Stena Europe (Stena Line) and Kerry (Brittany Ferries) which is the port's newest customer, operating route linking Ireland with France and Spain.
In the south-east, Wexford County Council has announced that it is about begin a public consultation process on the proposed N25 Rosslare Europort Access Road Scheme. The consultation period writes the New Ross Standard, runs from (next week) Monday June…
Port Of Waterford Highlights ‘Huge Potential’ To Service Offshore Wind Energy
The Port of Waterford is highlighting a new report which identifies Belview Port on the River Suir as ideally places to serve Ireland’s growing offshore wind energy sector. And it says strategic investment of €42 billion over the next 10…
According to a report by a renewable energy consultants, Carbon Trust found that ports serving as construction hubs need harbours with at least seven metres’ depth. That rules out all but three ports on the Irish Sea: Dublin (11m), Rosslare (10m) and Dún Laoghaire (8.5m) where as Afloats adds above is the forground is the harbour's Carlisle Pier
Irish Ports must quickly build its own infrastructure and expertise to construct offshore wind farms or will lose many billions’ worth of business to British ports and other foreign firms, industry experts warn. As writes, a report by renewable…
Containers stacked on board a 'Eucon' Lo-Lo (see IMDO figures below) vessel berthed at Dublin Port. AFLOAT also adds above in this scene is the Dundrum, Co. Dublin based Corrib Shipping managed Cypriot flagged Cathy Jo part of the Dutch based Wagenborg fleet and they act as chartering agents for Corrib. The 6,000dwt ship when launched by Ferus Smit's yard in Leer, Germany featured when reporting for Ships Monthly (October, 2008) issue. The sameyard this April completed the fourth cargoship of a quartet of 8,500dwt newbuild's for Arklow Shipping's 'W' series of ships which is expected to be Irish flagged.
Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) has today released their Irish Port Traffic Report with figures for Q1 2020 To download the Report click the attachment below the article. iShips Index In Q1 2020, the IMDO’s iShip1 index recorded a 6%…
Main Irish ports handled 12.8m tonnes of goods in the fourth quarter of 2019. Above Afloat's photo at Dublin Port which accounted for 63 per cent of all vessel arrivals here in the fourth quarter.
A decline in Irish Ports traffic even before the coronavirus pandemic hit our shores, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show. The main ports in the State handled 12.8 million tonnes of goods in the final three months of…
 The ‘Sarah M’, which is set to sail (from the Port of Waterford) to Algeria by the end of this week. In this file photo AFLOAT has identified when the cattle-carrier was berthed in the Port of Cork at the city-quays.
Livestock-ship ‘Sarah M’, which remains anchored and empty in the Waterford Estuary off Dunmore East, now appears set to ship cattle to Algeria by the end of this week. A statement issued this morning by Emerald Isle Beef Producers (EIBF)…
File image of the Port of Galway
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has amended Marine Notice No 06 of 2020 to include an updated annex from the HSE on measures required for all vessels, including fishing vessels and pleasure craft, entering Irish ports. Masters of…
Rosslare Europort Business Park Energises Offshore Renewable Wind
A Dutch company is to establish an offshore wind supply base at the Port of Rosslare. In early 2020, XELLZ secured approximately 200,000 sqm of land at the port of Rosslare in the Republic of Ireland. XELLZ has now divided…
The formation of trailers and tugs into the words “Stay Home” at Rosslare. See video below
TUG drivers and hauliers using Rosslare Europort have created a “stay home” message which has been captured by drone photography. The formation of trailers and tugs into the words “Stay Home” is intended to appeal to non-essential travellers during the…
Ships supporting international trade at the Port of Waterford through the Covid-19 crisis. Above AFLOAT adds among the trio of ships seen is the JSP Rider berthed at Belview Container Terminal, the main facility of the south-eastern port.
At the Port of Waterford work is continuing to operate through the Covid-19 global pandemic as an essential link for businesses trading globally from the southeast region and beyond. Export and import traffic continues through the Port and there was…

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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