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Irish Continental Group's (ICG) container division of Dublin Ferryport Terminal (DFT) where a Chinese flagged heavy-lift vessel, Da Ji, is to be unloaded with the discharge of a pair of 'straddle-carrier's (container handling vehicles: see smaller cranes behind the larger gantry cranes) though this is subject to today's weather conditions. Also above in this file photo is berthed Elbetrader (974teu) one of seven chartered containerships of ICG's other container division EUCON which operate a network of 'feeder' services also from Belfast and Cork to mainland continental hub port's of Antwerp and Rotterdam.
Afloat tracked a Chinese heavy-lift vessel loaded with a project cargo of straddle-carriers which sailed from Oran, Algeria in north Africa and arrived in Dublin Port this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. The four straddle-carriers (container carrying vehicles) on board the…
Flags at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
As boating returns to Dun Laoghaire upon the relaxing of coronavirus restrictions, the local authority is asking everyone of all ages to make their own flag with a message of hope for the future. All are invited to tell their…
A scene from KYC's cruise in company
Kinsale basked in glorious sunshine this June bank holiday weekend and with the good weather forecasted, sailing secretary and last year’s Kinsale Yacht Club person of the year, David Cullinane organised a “cruise in company” for people living within 5km…
Wexford's ferryport of Rosslare as seen in April where Irish Ferries cruisferry Isle of Inishmore is preparing to depart for Pembroke and Stena Line's ropax ferry Stena Horizon which connects Cherbourg. In addition is Brittany Ferries 'economie' branded ropax Kerry (which AFLOAT adds is seen as a 'dot' above the bridge of the Stena ferry) which arrived from Bilbao awaits offshore for a berth to become vacant.
Rosslare Europort is where political rivalries have been put aside in a bid to finally see the (ferry) port achieve its potential. Although Chairman of the Rosslare District Cllr Ger Carthy went head to head with independent TD Verona Murphy…
Squib sailing at Kinsale Yacht Club
The problem for resuming normal yacht racing is the current limitation on household crewing of boats only. Because the majority of yachts are not crewed solely by one household, racing is impossible under current restrictions. This is reflected in the…
Port Of Waterford Highlights ‘Huge Potential’ To Service Offshore Wind Energy
The Port of Waterford is highlighting a new report which identifies Belview Port on the River Suir as ideally places to serve Ireland’s growing offshore wind energy sector. And it says strategic investment of €42 billion over the next 10…
Kayaker Jim Kennedy
Afloat's Lorna Siggins will interview kayaker Jim Kennedy of Atlantic Sea Kayaking as  part of an online celebration of Cork Harbour starting tomorrow. Although the physical Cork Harbour Festival was cancelled due to Covid-19, organisers Meitheal Mara are featuring an…
Sunny South-East: Rosslare Europort where AFLOAT adds is Stena Line's ropax Stena Horizon serving Cherbourg and newcomer rival to the Wexford port, Brittany Ferries, whose Kerry (also ropax) in March was to have launched a new service to Roscoff, however advise from Irish and France governments due to Covid-19 prevented the launch, though the 'économie' branded route is rescheduled to start this month (a fortnight from today, Monday 15 June). A third operator, Irish Ferries (likewise of Stena) also runs a route to Pembrokeshire, south Wales. Irish Ferries abandoned their services to Roscoff/Cherbourg in favour of basing W.B. Yeats on the Dublin-Holyhead/Cherbourg routes, the latter currently served by ropax Epsilon.
The ferryport of Rosslare Europort will undergo a €30m transformation over the next five years and is the ideal port to alleviate traffic congestion and lessen pollution in Dublin, according to manager Glenn Carr. As the New Ross Standard reports,…
Dalkey Island in the south of Dublin Bay was a popular anchorage on the June Basnk Holiday weekend
Despite the current COVID restrictions there was no question that the summer boating season got underway on Dublin Bay this weekend with glorious sunshine bringing plenty of boaters on to the water in all sorts of sailing cruisers and motorboats.…
Bangor lifeboat crew at Helen’s Bay beach
Bangor RNLI is appealing to get in touch with the family of a teenage paddle boarder rescued at the weekend after he was blown out into Belfast Lough. The volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked on Friday afternoon (29 May) after…
The Gaffer. National YC Commodore Martin McCarthy looking the part in a super-cool hard hat as he leads his members in the COVID-delayed annual lift-in on Saturday
Suddenly, it’s summer in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Oh for sure, we all well know that, meteorologically speaking, it seems to have been bright sunny summer in Dun Laoghaire town since at least Easter, and maybe earlier. But in the Harbour,…
AFLOAT adds this photo reveals the bow section of the newbuild 400 passenger capacity ferry which has yet to be connected to the hull.
Ferry operator Aran Island Ferries has announced it’s on track to make history this summer – by commissioning Ireland’s largest domestic ferry. The boat, reports GalwayBayFM, will be a 40 metre vessel with space for 400 passengers, which represents a…
Freight only ro-ro ferry Stena Forecaster will be removed from Belfast-Liverpool (Birkenhead) service resulting in a reduction of 10 trips per week.
Ferry operator Stena Line has announced that it will be reducing freight capacity on its Belfast - Liverpool (Birkenhead) service due to a decline in freight demand as a consequence of the Coronavirus crisis. As a result the freight only…
According to a report by a renewable energy consultants, Carbon Trust found that ports serving as construction hubs need harbours with at least seven metres’ depth. That rules out all but three ports on the Irish Sea: Dublin (11m), Rosslare (10m) and Dún Laoghaire (8.5m) where as Afloats adds above is the forground is the harbour's Carlisle Pier
Irish Ports must quickly build its own infrastructure and expertise to construct offshore wind farms or will lose many billions’ worth of business to British ports and other foreign firms, industry experts warn. As Independent.ie writes, a report by renewable…
Completed repairs on Dun Laoghaire’s West Pier
Works to repair storm damage to the East and West Piers in Dun Laoghaire Harbour during Storm Emma two years ago have now been completed, bar restoration of the sun shelter on the East Pier. Movement restrictions to control the…
MS Rhun ap Iorwerth says it shows the 'vulnerability of people on temporary or zero hours contracts'. Above Afloat adds is the Port of Holyhead (second busiest after Dover) operated by Stena Line Ports Ltd. In this quieter scene of the north Wales port which is absent of ferries including rival, Irish Ferries, which also shares the Salt Island terminal, though unaccompanied freight trailer units occupy the hard-standing areas.
Ferry operator Stena Line which employs dozens of temporary jobs are set to lost at Holyhead Port, reports NorthWalesLive.  The Swedish owned ferry company announced last month it planned to furlough 600 employees with 150 redundancies across the UK and…

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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