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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…
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…
#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…

Port of Larne

4th December 2009 Irish Ports
Port of Larne The history of the Port of Larne stretches from the mists of time in the Middle Stone Ages, through the pre-Christian centuries and the Viking raids, to the more modern history of the 19th and 20th centuries…

Howth Harbour

4th December 2009 Irish Ports
Howth Harbour A picturesque fishing village nestled on the rugged peninsula that forms the north side of Dublin Bay, Howth is one of Ireland’s many hidden treasures. That is not to say that the village doesn’t receive its fair share…

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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