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GP14s are making plans for VDLR 2021 on Dublin Bay next July, three weeks before the GP14 World Championships at Skerries in North Dublin
The Irish GP14 dinghy class has been one of the first to give a thumbs up to Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta plans for next July to divide Ireland's biggest sailing event over separate weekends. As Afloat reported previously, Dun Laoghaire…
Bathers and beachgoers at Sandycove on Dublin Bay
Sea swimming’s explosion in popularity during the Covid-19 pandemic has led scientists to call for more rapid, detailed and year-round testing of bathing water quality. As The Sunday Times reports today, a campaign on risks to swimmers’ health in Dublin…
505s and Laser dinghies compete in Class One of the September dinghy league a Monkstown Bay Sailing Club. Scroll down for photo gallery
There was some great sailing breeze for a big weekend of dinghy racing at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour yesterday. MBSC is co-hosting the 1720 Munster Championships in the harbour as well as running its regular dinghy September…
The survey ship named Ridley is now exploring suitable seabed approaches from Galway out to the boundary of the Irish exclusive economic zone (EEZ)
Iceland has selected Galway as the European landing location for international telecommunications cables. Farice, a company fully owned by the Icelandic Government, currently owns and operates two submarine cables linking Iceland to Northern Europe. It has been undertaking preparatory work…
Naval Service Basin: Main arnament of the LE Eithne,  a Bofors 57mm Gun after receiving essential maintenance awaits on a truck-trailer before crane-mounted operation to reinstall on board at the fo'c'sle, i.e in front of the bridge overlooking the bow.
The Irish Naval Service's oldest vessel, LÉ Eithne received its primary armament following a refit completed at the Naval Base in Cork Harbour yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The arnament is a Bofors 57mm Gun which underwent a refit carried out by…
British Ports Association says decarbonisation, innovation, infrastructure, freeports and properly functioning and resourced regulators are key asks for future UK government spending. Above AFLOAT adds is the Liverpool Docks and in the distance the red gantry cranes on Merseyside, where container terminal 'Liverpool2' opened in recent years.
The British Ports Association (BPA) outlines that decarbonisation, innovation, infrastructure, freeports and properly functioning and resourced regulators are key asks for future government spending, which the association set out in a letter to the UK Chancellor from the ports industry…
Lorries in the UK on a motorway in Kent near the Port of Dover
Irish Road Haulage Association has warned trade will be "severely upset" because of Brexit and the price of some goods could double in price. President of the Irish Road Haulage Association Eugene Drennan said there could be a delay in…
World Maritime Day is underway today with events globally to highlight this year's theme of 'Sustainable' Shipping
Today is World Maritime Day which the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the global maritime community have come together to celebrate the annual event. The 2020 theme is "Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet". 2020 saw everyone across the globe…
UK 'domestic' waters islands serving veteran passenger/cargo ferry Scillonian III underway in the Scilly Isles linking Penzance in Cornwall, south-west England. Specialist ship designer BMT has a contract to design a new vessel to travel for the coastal service to the island archipelago off Land's End.
As Irish hauliers call for more direct services to mainland Europe given a post-Brexit, it is in these UK domestic waters that plans to replace the Isles of Scilly ferry linking Cornwall are underway likewise of those ferries serving Ireland-France, writes…
The President of the Irish Road Haulage Association said there could be a delay in delivering some goods and scarcity of products with Brexit. Above Afloat adds trucks congestion in Kent, the south-east of England
An alternative route to Europe Irish hauliers and exporters said must be found to avoid potentially massive queues at British ferryports from the beginning of January. A leaked British government letter (yesterday) suggests exporters to the EU face possible truck…
LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63)
A French-registered fishing vessel has been detained by the Naval Service off the south-west coast. The LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) detained the vessel for alleged breaches of fishing regulations after a boarding inspection approximately 11 nautical miles south-west of…
Father and son team – Patrick & Morgan Oliver aboard their 7 Metre Cheetah Class Catamaran in Galway Docks
The Galway father and son who located two missing paddleboarders off the Aran islands last month have recorded another rescue. Patrick and Morgan Oliver pulled a man from the river Corrib this morning after he was spotted in the water…
UK hauliers have been warned delays could be in place for at least three months. Above busy scene as trucks use the Port of Dover in Kent. AFLOAT also adds in this scene asides routine ferries serving Calais, France are in the background cruiseships berthed at the port's eastern docks.
Michael Gove, UK minister responsible for no-deal planning, has written to logistics groups with the government's "reasonable worst-case scenario" planning, which warns of possible two-day delays for cargo travelling to France in January. The Cabinet Office document states that, in…
Victorine (above) which CLdN launched onto the first pure RoRo service between the Iberian Peninula (Santander, Spain) with the UK and Ireland in June has been joined by another freight-only ferry Clementine but on a new link from these ports to Leixoes in Portugal.
Freight-ferry operator CLdN and UK ports group, Peel Ports celebate the addition of a second ferry service linking the Iberian peninsula to Liverpool and Dublin Port. The new weekly service connecting Leixoes, Portugal to the UK and Irish ports, follows the…
At Dublin Port announcing the launch of new customs clearance service, Declaron was Michael Costello, Managing Partner, BDO Ireland; Denis McCarthy, CEO of FEXCO; and Carol Lynch, Partner in BDO Customs and International Trade Services.
In a partnership financial services firm Fexco and BDO is to launch a new customs clearance service to assist Irish businesses to manage the substantial increase in customs clearance post Brexit. Declaron is designed to ensure customer compliance with new…
Ben Graf (53053) Lough Ree and Jack McDowell (54847) Malahide YC
Much to the satisfaction of RYA Northern Ireland and Ballyholme Yacht Club, splitting the 89 strong Youth Sailing Championship fleet over two days to mitigate risk in accordance with COVID – 19 guidelines, allowed the event to run smoothly with…

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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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.

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