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H&W has announced a 2021 Apprenticeship Scheme which is now open for applications.
Shipyard Harland & Wolff has launched an apprenticeship scheme that is available across all of their four sites either side of the North Channel and the Irish Sea. The scheme is applicable to H&W Appledore, Arnish, Belfast and Methil, with…
In this shipping scene off Dunmore East last week was Arklow Venus (taking a pilot) when inbound for the Port of Waterford. Also the dredger, Amazone which is currently conducting a maintenance dredging campaign along various waters of the south-east estuary.
Dredging along the Waterford Estuary has begun recently and will continue into next month as part of an approximate 28 day period of operations, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to the Port of Waterford, they have embarked on a maintenance dredging…
Winds of change are blowing at New Ross Port, Co. Wexford, which is in profit but has major legacy issues. The above (1980's) scene, Afloat adds is of general cargoship, MV Carolina R when outbound at White Church along the banks of the River Barrow.
As the New Ross Standard reports, the cost of dredging the inland south-east Irish port and meeting its debts could run to more than €5m, councillors were told at the monthly municipal council meeting. Director of Services Carolyn Godkin gave…
File photo of Finlaggen, of Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) at Cammell Laird, which earlier this year secured a four-year contract with the Scottish state run operator, one of the UK’s largest ferry operators, for the annual maintenance and dry docking of the five largest vessels in its fleet. AFLOAT also adds Finlaggen operates in south-west Scotland to Islay, the southermost of the Inner Hebrides and the closest to the northern coasts of Ireland.
According to Merseyside shipyard Cammell Laird, demand for longer term repair and maintenance framework relationships from ferry operators is increasing as the sector prepares to recover from Covid. Despite a reduction in ferry projects at the UK facility in Birkenhead,…
RoRo volumes on ROI – GB routes fell significantly, by 31%, with a surge in ROI – EU traffic, which rose by 74%.
In its first post-Brexit quarterly review of port volumes, the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) offers an overview of maritime traffic on an all-island basis. Commenting on key points in the report, Liam Lacey, Director of the IMDO said that…
Among the clients of A&P Falmouth involved a regular Ireland-mainland Europe containership, Samskip Express which following a grounding on the Irish coast (last year), led to extensive repairs carried out at the UK shipyard repair facility in Cornwall. AFLOAT also adds the 803TEU capacity containership was recently in Dublin Port (as above in this file photo) and is currently berthed in the Port of Rotterdam.
The largest shipyard-repair complex in the UK, A&P Falmouth, announced that they had a 100% occupancy of all three dry docks over the last six months - with some docks occupied simultaneously by multiple vessels. A&P Falmouth carried out repairs…
The eight WTG jacket foundations will principally be conducted at Harland and Wolff’s newly acquired Methil facilities in Scotland
Harland & Wolff, the iconic shipyard with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree has announced it has been awarded a contract by Saipem Limited for the fabrication and load-out of eight wind turbine generator (WTG) jacket foundations.…
Harland & Wolff with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, has appointed Graham Couser to its growing US base.
Iconic shipyard, Harland & Wolff with with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, is delighted to welcome Graham Couser to its growing US base. Based in Miami, Florida, Graham’s new role as Head of Business Development for…
It is expected that 1,000 rooms will be available by 19 April as part of the mandatory hotel quarantining. Afloat adds above a busy scene at Rosslare Europort.
Under consideration by the Government is the addition of a hotel in Rosslare, Co. Wexford to its facilities for mandatory hotel quarantining. It would provide capacity for those arriving on ferries to Rosslare Europort, which are predominantly coming from France.…
Harland & Wolff Shipyard was founded on April 11 1861
Harland & Wolff, the national strategic asset, with four leading shipyards and fabrication facilities based in Belfast, Appledore, and Scotland is proud to be celebrating its 160th anniversary. Founded on April 11 1861 by Sir Edward James Harland and Gustav…
Defence Forces tents at have been erected at the rear of the Rosslare Europort terminal, which will act as the holding area for those in quarantine. Above Afloat adds in this recent scene of the Wexford ferrport where the sunny-south east county is living up to its name and with ferries berthed prior to sailing direct to mainland European ports of Dunkirk, St Malo, Cherbourg and Fishguard, Wales, in the UK.
At the ferryport of Rosslare Europort and tucked away at the rear of the terminal building are two large green tents, flanked by several defence forces SUVs, reports New Ross Standard. The newly erected 'holding area' is evidence of the…
InfraStrata owners of Harland & Wolff  experience ‘building growth momentum’ and in its ferry and cruise market has broken even after larger contract wins were established. AFLOAT adds InfraStrata recently acquired Scottish Methil facility which is split across two locations with sites on the Isle of Lewis (in the north-west) and as above Methil, on the Fife east coast.
Shipyard owners of Harland & Wolff, InfraStrata has reported "steady progress" in the first months of its financial year. In a Q1 trading update, the business said it has booked about £6.5m in the eight months to 31 March 2021,…
File photo of Blue Star 1, a Greek ferry on charter for Irish Ferries Rosslare Europort-Pembroke Dock route is currently in the Mediterranean bound for the Wexford port. The newcomer is now sporting Irish Ferries livery and is to replace Isle of Inishmore which is to transfer to ICG/Irish Ferries new service on the Dover-Calais route.
Blue Star 1, a Greek flagged ferry which Irish Continental Group (ICG) has chartered for their Irish Ferries Rosslare Europort-Pembroke Dock route, has departed Piraeus on a repositioning voyage, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Greek owned Attica Group passenger ro-ro ferry…
Blue Star 1 in previous ‘superfast’ livery while servicing routes in the Greek islands
Irish Ferries has announced the addition of the RoRo passenger ferry Blue Star 1 to its Rosslare–Pembroke Dock route. The ship is being chartered from the Attica Group and delivery is expected in early April. Blue Star 1 was built…
A €35m development of Rosslare Europort is paying dividends after Brexit
Rosslare just breathes the atmosphere of the sea. Next month Rosslare Europort will hit a new record – a total of 36 shipping services a week operating from the port, which, its General Manager tells me, will make it the…
Pelagos, a ropax which ran in the Mediterranean, is to start service for DFDS Rosslare-Dunkirk route next week. The former Liverpool Seaways was owned by the Danish company which had a brief spell operating on the Irish Sea until ending in January, 2011 (as seen in photo) of the ro pax's final arrival to Dublin Port, following DFDS passenger operated sailing from Birkenhead (Liverpool). At adjacent berth, Anglia Seaways, a DFDS freighter which too that day ended service, though note still sporting the pale blue livery of the previous operator Maersk/Norfolkline.
Following Irish Ferries two-month charter in February of a Meditteranean ferry, DFDS, operator of the new Rosslare Europort-Dunkirk freight route is to introduce a ferry from Marseille next week, writes Jehan Ashmore. Pelagos, will become the fifth ferry so far involved…

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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