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Peel Ports Group, the UK’s second largest port group, calls for the supply-chain to take a rethink by improving logistics in the better use of the nation's port network. The group consists of Liverpool, Heysham, Manchester Ship Canal (above), Medway (Sheerness / Chatham), Clydeport and Great Yarmouth. In addition, to operating the MTL Terminal in Dublin Port and owns BG Freight Line, a provider of short sea container services between the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe and feeder services between UK and Ireland.
In the UK, the second-largest port operator is calling for the supply chain to rethink its approach by making better use of the entire port network across the country. Peel Ports says that it is essential for logistics firms and…
Ports at full capacity across northern Europe. Compared with the US, vessel delays are less severe but are still adding to schedule disruption that reverberates across networks.
Anchored containerships are becoming a regular sight in the English Channel as ports across northern Europe remain heavily congested, reports LloydsLoadingList. The numbers are nowhere near as high as in southern California, where overnight data shows that 56 containerships were…
Truck freight volumes fall by a third on Dublin-Holyhead route in nine months. Irish shipping traffic had not been affected, with between 20 and 22 ships continuing to arrive into Dublin Port (as above) every day according to the port's chief executive Eamonn O’Reilly.
As the impact of Brexit continues affecting trade, lorry freight volumes on ferries between Dublin and Holyhead – the busiest Irish Sea route – fell by a third in the first nine months of the year. New industry figures to…
Ballymacormick Beach on the eastern side of Ballyholme Bay is the venue for the Ulster Windsurfing Championships
Ballymacormick Beach on the eastern side of Ballyholme Bay on Belfast Lough will see next Saturday (23rd), the first-ever windsurfing event hosted by Ballyholme Yacht Club when the Ulster Championships competitors will take to the water. There will be eleven…
File image of Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s inshore and all-weather lifeboats
Both Dun Laoghaire lifeboats were paged by the Irish Coast Guard after an open-water swimmer was reported missing yesterday (Saturday 16 October). The swimmer was part of an organised swimming group who quickly realised that one of their number was…
Revival - 505 sailing at the MBSC October dinghy league in Cork Harbour
After four races sailed in Cork Harbour, a resurgent 505 fleet leads Class One of the Monkstown Bay Sailing Club October League 2021. Racing is for mixed dinghies under the Portsmouth Yardstick handicap rule. Heading a 34-boat Class One, Ewen Barry…
Mayor of Galway Colette Connolly and Fr Donal Sweeney of the Claddagh Dominican church at the blessing of the gleoiteog Loveen in the Claddagh basin
The Galway gleoiteog named Loveen tacked across the Claddagh basin this weekend, some 96 years after it was built by the Reaney family of Spanish Arch. The gleoiteog has been restored, plank by plank, by the Galway Hooker Sailing Association…
The Oliver family, David, Daria, Ciaran, Sean and Martin who are instrumental in Galway's maritime environment and founding members of Galway Hooker Sailing Club, at the Loveen
Where else in the world would you hear yourself being addressed as Loveen but in Galway - and that's the name of a 96-year-old gleoiteog which is being blessed today (Oct 16) in the Claddagh Basin. The historic vessel which…
The General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) responsible for the waters off England, Wales & Channel Islands, Trinity House last month secured UK Ministerial approval to launch for the tender process of its Vessel Replacement Project.This will see the disposal of the ageing THV Patricia, dating to 1982 and representing as AFLOAT adds the last of the 'traditional' designed aids to navigation tenders where operations are conducted between the bridge and the bow. Above the handsome well proportioned ship captured by AFLOAT arrives on a rare call in Dun Laoghaire Harbour (East Pier) with in the background Irish Lights tender, ILV Granuaile in Dynamic Positioning (DP) mode while off the port's western bight.
The General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales and Channel Islands, Trinity House which has a project to commission the design and build of a vessel to replace THV Patricia has reached a major milestone following UK Ministerial approval to…
The winter lift-out of sailing cruisers gets underway in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Saturday, October 16th
Over sixty yachts and cruisers will be hauled out of the water at Dun Laoghaire Harbour tomorrow as the 2021 summer season ends at Ireland's biggest boating centre.  The National Yacht Club and neighbouring Royal St. George YC will lift…
The UK Royal Navy's HMS Grimsby, a Mine Counter Measures Vessel (MCMV) is making a visit to an Irish Port (Dublin) the first RN vessel to do so since Covid-19 struck more than 18 months ago.  The Sandown class minehunter (launched in 2008) with crew of 38 departed from the Firth of Clyde with an overnight crossing through the Irish Sea.
HMS Grimsby (M108) became the first UK Royal Navy vessel to visit an Irish Port since the pandemic started, when the minehunter sailed overnight from Scotland to arrive in Dublin Port this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Royal Navy Minehunter HMS Grimsby,…
Cormac Kennedy, Head of Property at Dublin Port Company with Declan Freeman, Managing Director of ICG’s Container at the new €48m Dublin Inland Port which Dublin Port Company opens in November and where DFT is the first company awarded a licence to operate at the state-of-the-art logistics facility in North Dublin. DFT will relocate its current empty depot business to Dublin Inland Port from its container terminal in Dublin Port.
Dublin Port Company (DPC) has today announced that Dublin Inland Port will open in early November 2021, with Dublin Ferryport Terminals (DFT) confirmed as the first company licenced to begin operating at the state-of-the-art facility in North Dublin. The move…
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Commodore, Sandy Rimmington
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club is based in the inner part of Cork Harbour and is buzzing with the start of its October League and, says Club Commodore, Sandy Rimmington, a revival of the 5O5 fleet and a plan to expand…
The luxury Baltic Sea cruise-ferry, MS Romantika yesterday heads up the Firth of Clyde bound for Glasgow where the ship will be docked during COP26 so to house delegates. The ferry Afloat adds, asides working on charter, normally plied between Sweden and Latvia, though due to Covid, services has been suspended since March, 2020.
The first of two large Baltic Sea cruise ferries which arrived yesterday (13 Oct) on the River Clyde is set to house COP26 delegates in Glasgow. The cruise ferry that called to the Scottish city was MS Romantika which has docked…
The UK Ship repair and ship building specialist A&P Group (Tyne, Tees & Falmouth) has appointed Eddie Purves as its new group managing director. Above the cruiseship (Adonia previously with P&O Cruises) in dry-dock at the group's facility in Falmouth, Cornwall.
The UK ship repair and ship building specialist the A&P Group has announced the appointment of its new group managing director. Eddie Purves takes the lead of A&P’s three facilities located on the Tyne, Tees and Falmouth, following more than…
Ros a Mhíl - A Strategic Hub for the Development and Support of the Offshore Wind Industry on the West Coast of Ireland says a new report
The south Connemara harbour of Ros an Mhíl could become a strategic hub for the floating offshore wind sector with potential for 900 jobs, according to a new report. The report, commissioned by Údarás na Gaeltachta and presented to Minister…

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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