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Man of the West – Dr Mick Brogan
Dr Mick Brogan is very much at home in the west of Ireland, with his life as a country GP in Mayo neatly balancing his life as a traditional boat sailor, home-ported in Kinvara. In fact, he is so much…
Trade with Britain will not return to pre-Brexit model, exporters warned. New figures show that from January 1st to February 28th there were 50,800 freight vehicle movements into Ireland from over 870 ferries from Britain. Above AFLOAT adds Alexandra Basin (Redevelopment Project) with new infrastructure in place as phase one of the port's Masterplan. Also seen berthed is one of the ro-ro freightship's dubbed the 'Brexit-buster' along in the foreground UK serving ropax ferries.
Ireland will never return to the type of trading relationship it enjoyed with Britain prior to Brexit, a leading customs official said on Monday as he warned of potential disruption for exporters. Speaking at a briefing held at Dublin Port,…
Collaborating with national rowing associations in Scotland and Wales, this year’s Ocean to City will be part of a unique, international time trial series
Cork Harbour Festival’s flagship Ocean to City race will be going ahead this June with an altered format. Collaborating with national rowing associations in Scotland and Wales, this year’s Ocean to City will be part of a unique, international time…
Transporting products across the UK landbridge is going to get rougher before it gets smoother. Above Afloat adds is the UK's busiest ferryport, the Port of Dover where Irish hauliers have increasingly avoided by taking the alternative 'Bypass-Brexit' routes to France (etc) though according to The Journal there could be choppy waters ahead.
Hauliers from Ireland have welcomed the dozens of new ferry routes that go directly from Ireland to the European continent, but have warned that the easing of Covid restrictions and potential extreme weather events mean that the landbridge needs to…
Irish Ferries throws a lifeline as it signed a 10 year contract to continue using the south Wales ferryport of Pembroke Dock which links Rosslare Harbour. AFLOAT also adds is the operator's Isle of Inishmore, off the jetty of the Pembrokewhire port. In neighbouring Fishguard Harbour (owned by Stena) which also competes with their route also linking with the Wexford port.
Ferryport of Pembroke Dock is where fears that the south Wales port could become a casualty of Brexit have proved unfounded, with Irish Ferries signing a 10-year deal with the Port of Milford Haven. The company has signed the deal…
A top Naval Service officer in a wide-ranging and lengthy address at University College Cork on maritime security, Capt Fitzgerald said Ireland had an enormous maritime jurisdiction and that it had to provide a 'constant presence'. Above LÉ James Joyce, AFLOAT adds the OPV90 was in the Irish Sea yesterday, having departed Dun Laoghaire Harbour from where previously on Thursday arrived LÉ Samuel Beckett.
A top Naval Service officer has said Ireland needs to develop the ability to monitor threats to sub-sea cables passing through Irish-controlled waters given the “tremendous” impact of any interference with them.  Captain Brian Fitzgerald, who retires at the end…
s it departs Dublin Port for Holyhead
A Dublin Bay sea mist that lay in the middle of the bay most of the morning had enveloped most of the south shore by lunchtime, reducing visibility down to 50 metres or less at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The morning…
Bantry Bay Port total traffic was up 81% to 1.3m tonnes in 2020, compared with 2019. Above AFLOAT's photo of tanker, Seasprat at the Single Point Mooring system where during operations at the SPM, only such vessels engaged by the Oil Storage Facility on Whiddy Island to assist in the operation or authorised by the Harbour Master, are permitted to enter an Exclusion Zone.
Bantry Bay's busy port traffic to and from the national oil reserve facility at Whiddy Island, has led to the port recording a strong performance last year, despite its sister port, Port of Cork, seeing trade falling 2% to 9.2m…
File image of Larne and Larne Harbour in Co Antrim
NI’s Agriculture Minister has cited “practical difficulties” with the Northern Ireland Protocol in his decision to order a halt on construction of post-Brexit port inspection facilities. According to Politico, acting DAERA Minister Gordon Lyons has also told NI ports not…
File image of the Stena Horizon in older livery, on approach to Rosslare Harbour
A mother and daughter were hospitalised after going overboard from a ferry in Belfast Lough on Thursday evening (25 February). As BBC News reports, the pair were rescued from the water by emergency response crews from the Stena Horizon and…
Ernest Cantillon, Colin Ross and Tom O’Riordan from Kinsale Spirit Company in the Port of Cork as the first container of Kinsale Gin & Red Earl Irish Whiskey is exported to China from Cork
The team from Kinsale Spirit Company were in the Port of Cork Container Terminal today to watch as a shipment of Kinsale Gin and Red Earl Irish Whiskey was loaded for export to China. With sales already gaining pace in…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour could be the Abbotstown of the Sea
Plans for a National Watersports Campus for Dun Laoghaire Harbour is part of the scope of an extensive economic survey being conducted in the Dublin Bay town. As Times.ie reports today, consultation on the future development Dun Laoghaire’s town and…
Lough Derg’s Shannon Sailing Ltd Acquired by POD Marine
Dun Laoghaire Harbour-based POD Marine Ltd recently announced the acquisition of Lough Derg boating firm Shannon Sailing Ltd. The deal involved the transfer of an 80-plus-berth, private and enclosed marina with swinging moorings, chandlery and engineering workshop based on the…
Stormy Seas and gales in February saw disruption not just in Dublin Bay but across routes and services out of other ports, among them ro-ro Bypass-Brexit operations of Brittany Ferries. The operator was forced to cancel freight sailings so to enable Armorique (above) retain a sailing schedule of a new four-route network connecting Ireland directly to the EU via France. THIS evening Armorique departs Rosslare on a scheduled sailing at 20.00hrs bound for St. Malo.
As adverse weather impacted February, particularly Storm Darcy's disruption to Dublin Bay shipping, gales also affected Brittany Ferries new 'freight'-ferry network of Ireland-France operations, writes Jehan Ashmore. It was during routine tracking this day last week, that Afloat noted with…
ESPO welcomes the TRAN (Delli Report) report on more efficient and clean maritime transport.
In a response the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has supported the main outcomes of a vote on the own-initiative report on technical and operational measures for more efficient and cleaner maritime transport (Delli Report) in the European Parliament’s Transport…
The new look for Yannick Lemonnier's Mini 6.50. Original designer Sam Manuard has done away with the single canard daggerboard, and replaced it with two asymmetrical foils
Quite a few of us still think of Yannick Lemonnier as the keen young French guy who came to Galway by way of Dingle, and in time became the Irish branch of Quantum Sails, with a new loft in the…

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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