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ESPO has urged the EU Parliament and Council to fully align the maritime pillar of the proposal for an AFIR with the FuelEU Maritime proposal.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) urges the European Parliament and Council to fully align the maritime pillar of the proposal for an Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR) with the FuelEU Maritime proposal. While the discussions on the AFIR proposal…
Lorries from Ireland commonly arrived by ferry at Holyhead (above) to travel over land to Dover while en route to mainland Europe. The altenative involves direct ferry routes to mainland Europe which are avoiding Welsh ports, according to the Irish minister.
Numerous new ferry routes avoiding Welsh ports have been established between Ireland and mainland Europe over the past year because of Brexit, Ireland's foreign affairs minister has said. Simon Coveney said there were 44 direct routes between Ireland and the…
The J/109 Jelly Baby is successfully recovered and returned to Crosshaven Boatyard for haul out and damage assessment.
From a sad scene of what appeared to be nearly certain destruction for a racing yacht, a Cork Harbour Coastguard led team has successfully refloated the J/109 that grounded at the mouth of the harbour this afternoon. As Afloat reported…
NI Protocol: EU Negotiators to Travel to London for Talks
As RTE News reports, talks are set to continue between the UK and the EU as it was warned the two sides were still far apart on issues surrounding the Northern Ireland Protocol. UK officials described as "constructive" the first…
J109 yacht Jelly Baby from the Royal Cork Yacht Club on the rocks at the entrance to Cork Harbour
All crew are reported safe, but a top racing yacht of the Royal Cork Yacht Club is on the rocks at Cork Harbour after a Mayday emergency incident on the final day of racing in the Club's Autumn League. After…
America's Cup contenders at Auckland – it's an abiding and evocative image, but at what cost?
According to one usually reliable line of information, yesterday was to be the day in Auckland when Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, as Trustees and Holders of the America's Cup, were due to confirm the…
At the 2021 Wave Awards, ABP's Port of Southampton has been awarded ‘Best Port’. The port in Hampshire is the UK's largest cruise port handling around 500 cruise calls and 2m passengers annually.
At the 2021 Wave Awards which celebrates excellence and innovation in the cruise industry, the UK south coast Port of Southampton has been awarded ‘Best Port’. This latest win for Southampton (of Associated British Ports) confirms its status as the…
New ferry for the Isle of Man is on schedule for delivery in 2023
Work on the new Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's flagship ferry, Manxman, is on schedule. As previously reported on Afloat, the vessel is under construction in a South Korean shipyard and is due to be ready by 2023. Managing…
ESPO’s 2021 #Environmental Report shows a number of positive trends amongst key indicators. The top 5 green priorities of European #ports remain(1 to 5): air quality, climate change, energy efficiency, noise and relationship with the local community.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) is proud to present the annual ESPO Environmental Report for 2021. The ESPO Environmental Report is part of EcoPorts, the environmental flagship initiative of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO). This 6th edition is…
Pupils Leo Smith (age 6) and Ines Tanasa (age 7) take centre court at the launch of the new playground at St. Joseph’s Co-Ed National School, East Wall, as part of the community gain from Dublin Port Company’s MP2 project.
Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, T.D., has today officially opened a new state-of-the-art playground for the 240 pupils of St. Joseph’s Co-ed. Primary School in Dublin’s East Wall. This is the first time in more than 10 years that the…
The First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford is to discuss the potential of the ferry port of Holyhead in Anglesey.
In north Wales, Rhun ap Iorwerth the Ynys Môn (Anglesey) MS, will meet with Wales’ First Minister, Mark Drakeford, to discuss the investment and support needed to unleash the potential at Holyhead's port. During questions to the First Minister this…
The young harbour seal with a drinks can stuck to its lower jaw wast first spotted in Belfast earlier this month
A young harbour seal spotted in Belfast Lough earlier this month with an aluminium can stuck on its lower jaw has been rescued by police in Scotland. The Irish News reports that the juvenile marine mammal had swum across the…
A Safer Waters training exercise
Last year Mike Meharg, George King and Allan Black set up Safer Waters, now a registered charity and not-for-profit provider of voluntary safety cover and training for recreational water users in Northern Ireland. It is a recognised RYA Training Centre…
The Yachting Malta Coastal Race starts Wednesday 20th October
Kinsale Yacht Club's Freya skippered by Conor Doyle is part of an international fleet of over 40 boats expected to take part in the Yachting Malta Coastal Race tomorrow, a shakedown race before Saturday's 600-mile Middle Sea Race tomorrow. The…
Six days of competitive Squib racing are scheduled on the waters South of Kinsale harbour next June 19th
The first-ever UK and Irish Squib National Championships featuring combined fleets will take place next year in Kinsale. The rescheduled Squib National Championships incorporating the Irish Squib National Championships will sail from Kinsale Yacht Club from 19th to 24th June 2022.…
National 18s racing in Cork Harbour
Royal Cork Yacht Club's National 18 class continues to grow at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour and thanks to existing class members ordering three new boats, three used boats are on the market. With a 12+ fleet sailing every Wednesday night…

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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