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Donaghdee Harbour
Good news for those boaters keen to get back on the water in Ards and North Down in Northern Ireland. All the Harbours and slipways operated by Ards and North Down Council will be open from this morning (Wed 27th…
Scandinavian ferry M/V Copenhagen was retrofitted with a Norsepower Rotor Sail unit measuring 30m in height and 5m in diameter. The hybrid passenger ferry operated by Scanlines serves between Denmark and Germany. AFLOAT adds almost a decade ago a newbuild cargoship E-Ship 1 with similar technology made a maiden call to Dublin Port with components on board for a wind-farm project.
A global provider of auxiliary renewable wind propulsion systems, Norsepower Oy and market leader in green ferry operation, Scanlines today announced the successful installation of Norsepower’s Rotor Sail Solution. According to Fathom.World, the installation was completed in just hours during…
Webinar: The Future of Motorways of the Sea (MoS) is to be held on 1 July. Above AFLOAT's photo shows a diversity of ship types berthed in Dublin Port. From the left is a cement-carrier, cruise ship and con-ro vessel which connected Ireland and mainland Europe.
A Motorways of the Sea (MoS) webinar "Shaping the Policy of a European Maritime Space – The Future of Motorways of the Sea" is to take place on Wednesday 1st July 2020 (09h30 – 11h15). The Motorways of the Sea (MoS)…
Stewart Hosford
Cork Harbour based Stewart Hosford is CEO of Sir Keith Mills’ pan-global sports investment group Origin Sports. He moved from the corporate world of banking in 2010 to take the helm at Alex Thomson Racing before embarking on his latest role…
Meet in the middle of the Harbour for Prof O'Connell's Dun Laoghaire Laser Clinics
Olympic and International coach Maurice "Prof" O'Connell will be running Laser racing coaching sessions in Dun Laoghaire Harbour this week starting on Tuesday, May 26th. The format will be some short sharp boat handling sessions, in four boat groups, followed…
Chartered ro-ro freight ferry Arrow, AFLOAT adds (on left) with the IOMSP's seaonal fastcraft ferry Manannan and ropax Ben-My-Chree berthed in Douglas Harbour
Manx ferry operator the lsle of Man Steam Packet is financially fit enough to cope and has not needed to seek out any government support during the Covid-19 crisis. It has also emerged, reports IOMToday, that hundreds of people have…
Ballyholme Yacht Club during lockdown
In what will be a welcome decision by the Ballyholme Yacht Club, members will now be able to proceed, albeit slowly and patiently, towards a return to watersports. Commodore Aidan Pounder has emailed members with the news that SportNI has…
Containers at the Tivoli Container Terminal, Cork from where 'feeder' services link the UK in addition to mainland Europe
Irish Exporters Association's chief executive has commented that the ongoing stalemate in the EU-UK negotiations on a future partnership could severely counteract the ability of an export led COVID-19 economic recovery. Following, the UK Government’s publication of how it intends…
The temperature screening technology involves using a camera detection system to monitor the temperature of passengers
Portsmouth International Port says it's the first UK port to install a thermal temperature scanner, which will be available for ferry and cruise operators to screen their passengers. The temperature screening technology involves using a camera detection system to monitor…
Historic departure – the ill-fated Titanic is manoeuvred out of her berth in Belfast Harbour on April 2nd 1912 to sail for Southampton and her maiden Transatlantic voyage, brought to a tragic end by an iceberg in mid-ocean just twelve days later
An ambitious project to retrieve the most famous marine radio in the world from 2.5 miles down in the Atlantic has finally secured legal approval. The saving of the Marconi radio which sent out the distress signals from the sinking…
Ireland Marine Sector Collaborates to Celebrate European Maritime Day Virtually
In recognition of European Maritime Day on 20th May and World Oceans Day on 8th June, the Marine Institute and partners will celebrate our seas, our world’s shared ocean and our connection to the sea through our Oceans of Learning…
Roonagh Pier in Co.Mayo which is to receive works and as AFLOAT adds is where ferry and freight services connect Clare and Inisturk islands. The ferry Clew Bay Queen is berthed along the pier.
An investment of €525,000 is to be put into four piers and harbours in Co. Mayo. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed announced details of a €3.1m package to assist 10 coastal local authorities undertake and…
EU says customs checks and controls on some goods from mainland Britain required. Above AFLOAT adds is an Irish Sea serving 'new' ferry Stena Edda which entered service in March on the Northern Ireland-Britain route between Belfast and Birkenhead (Merseyside) opposite of Liverpool. The Twelve Quays Terminal was upgraded to accommodate the second E-FLexer series ferry built in China which accommodates 1,000 passengers, 120 cars and 3,100 lane metres for freight vehicles.
UK government rules out any new customs infrastructure at ports on either side of the Irish Sea to implement the post-Brexit Northern Ireland protocol. In a paper outlining how it will implement the protocol, which was agreed alongside the withdrawal…
The Dragon Gold Cup at Kinsale has been cancelled
Kinsale Yacht Club have today confirmed that the 2020 Dragon Gold Cup, due to be sailed from the 5 to 11 September, has been cancelled. “Clearly the global COVID-19 crisis has already impacted many events and our thoughts and prayers…
Glenarm Marina
As well as Bangor Marina opening, also nearly back to normal is Carrickfergus across Belfast Lough, Glenarm on the Antrim Coast Road and the inland marina at Portglenone on the River Bann.  In a Notice to Mariners Harbour Master Billy…
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Cancels Junior Courses in Cork Harbour
“For the first time since1972 we must sadly announce that we are unable to run our Junior Sailing Course this year as planned,” Monkstown Bay Sailing Club announced this week. “After completing a risk assessment in line with Irish Sailing’s…

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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