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Brexit, Borders... and Breakwater at the Welsh port town of Holyhead, Anglesea which voted to Leave the EU. Were locals ‘led like lambs to the slaughter’? asks The Irish Times that sought comments from locals, the business community and representatives from Holyhead which is the second-busiest roll-on, roll-off ferryport in the UK.
#Ferry- In the Welsh port town of Holyhead, The Irish Times reports, even Santa voted to leave the European Union. Santa’s other name is Richard Burnell. He’s 78 with a long white beard and he formerly worked in local government.…
Meriadec Le Mouillour from the Union Des ports Francais and Michael Sheary from the Irish Ports Association with Elisabeth Borne, French Minister for Transport at the signing of a memorandum of Agreement at Dublin Port.
#Ports&Shipping - Reorganisation of French sea ports is underway writes The Irish Times, to manage additional freight traffic from Ireland and segregate it from UK freight arriving after Brexit, French transport minister Elisabeth Borne has said. She was speaking at…
Foggy conditions as HMS Daring is docked at Portsmouth Naval Base, UK, the vessel is the leadship of the 'Daring' class destroyers, among them HMS Defender which this afternoon arrived into Cork Harbour. For a visiting naval vessel, the 8,000 tonnes displacement destroyer makes for an odd sight occupying the berth at Marino Point close to the centre of the natural harbour.
#NavalVisitors - A UK Royal Navy 'Daring' class destroyer that arrived into Cork Harbour today notably took up a rather strange place to berth at Marino Point, the site of the former IFI plant, writes Jehan Ashmore. HMS Defender (D36)…
French Minister for Transport Elisabeth Borne in Dublin Witnesses French & Irish Ports MoU
French Minister for Transport Elisabeth Borne (pictured centre above) witnessed the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between Mr Mériadec Le Mouillour (left) on behalf of the Union des Ports Français (UPF) and Mr Michael Sheary, on behalf of the…
European Sea Ports Organisation (EPSO) has welcome the European Parliament Transport Committee vote result on the Connecting Europe Facility II.
#Ports&Shipping- At the European Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism and the Industry Committee jointly yesterday adopted the Marinescu- Telička- Virrkkunen report on the Connecting Europe Facility proposal 2021-2027. The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the demand for an…
An outline render of a landmark building on the Custom House Quay site in Cork.
#WaterfrontProperty - Calls for the protection of historic buildings at the Port of Cork that secured in a petition more than 1,500 signatures has been presented to the Lord Mayor of Cork city. The Port of Cork site reports the…
A view beyond the marina of the formerly operational ferry terminal at Dun Laoghaire Harbour before passenger infrastructure was removed
Speculation that a ferry service could return to Dun Laoghaire has reached fever pitch with the news that a British company has put in a bid to operate from the St Michael’s Pier terminal. According to The Times, the Liverpool…
Dun Laoghaire's former ferry terminal on St Michael's Pier
The developer behind scrapped plans for the Harbour Innovation Campus in Dun Laoghaire is taking legal action against a tech investor, as The Sunday Times reports. Philip Gannon filed a High Court case last Wednesday (14 November) against Ian Lucey…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Ambitions for a National Watersport Centre in Dun Laoghaire could be revived following the launch of a new State fund supporting infrastructure for multi-sports projects. Applications are now being invited for the the Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund, launched by…
The All Weather Terminal at the UK Port of Hull, on the North Sea, was observed with curiosity... note only the stern of short-sea trader Mirjam was visible, when observed from the timber decks of cruiseship Marco Polo (quite a regular caller to Irish ports) prior to departing on a coastal mini-cruise to Harwich during the summer heatwave. A stark contrast with our current Irish weather! ABP Humber ports of Hull, Goole, Grimsby and Immingham - located on the Humber Estuary handle more than 65m tonnes of cargo annually, contributing £2.2bn to the UK economy every year.
#Ports&Shipping - Giant ship to shore gantry cranes at the UK Port of Hull, which were installed earlier this year having originated in Ireland, formed part of the port's Open Day tour held a month ago, writes Jehan Ashmore. This…
French Minister for Transport Elisabeth Borne
French Minister for Transport Elisabeth Borne will be in Dublin Port for a meeting of the Irish Ports Association and the Union des Ports Français on Friday 23rd November. Following a first workshop gathering Irish and French ports on 26…
The new fresh look with added splashs of colour across Brittany Ferries fleet has begun and where Pont-Aven (above) Afloat adds is how the flagship will look like when it returns in 2019 on the seasonal Cork-Roscoff service beginning in March. The design, more truly reflects the fullness of the ferry operator's experience serving holiday destinations across regions in western Europe: Ireland, UK, France and Spain.
#ferry - A fresh new look involving a splash of colour across the Brittany Ferries fleet sees a bright new logo in striking shades of blue, orange and green! The new design, which comes with a more modern, warm and…
Kontainers won in the category 'Maritime Services Company of the Year' at the annual Irish Exporters Association’s (IEA) Export Industry Awards.
#Ports&Shipping - Kontainers, Dublin were the winner of the 'Maritime Services Company of the Year' at the annual Irish Exporters Association’s (IEA) Export Industry Awards. The award sponsored by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO), recognised the work of Kontainers,…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour - could a new ferry service be in the offing?
Is a new ferry route coming to Dun Laoghaire Harbour? After an absence of three years or more there is more than the usual level of a rumour circulating at the south Dublin Port that a regular passenger service could be…
The new jetty pictured here in the foreground is partially constructed at the Old Baths site at Dun Laoghaire
As sea works continue apace at the old Baths site at Dun Laoghaire, the new jetty to provide access to the water’s edge for swimmers and landing points for kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards is clearly taking shape on the South…
Bulk-carrier Luzon having sailed originally from Argentina, south America, recently discharged a part-cargo firstly in Belfast, before calling to anchor in Dublin Bay (as above) yesterday. Note on the cargo deck, the red crane-grabber buckets alongside the five cargoholds, where at No. 5 hold, the hatch covers are partially open. The photo of the bulker was taken off-centre to reflect the port side anchor chain stretched beyond the bulbous bow high out of the water.
#DublinBay - Two bulk-carriers currently anchored off Bulloch Harbour in Dublin Bay, one from South America, the other from mainland Europe, both await docking in the capital's port, but exactly at the same basin berth, writes Jehan Ashmore. The larger…

As an island economy a healthy maritime sector is key to our national competitiveness. Virtually all our imports and exports pass through Irish ports.

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