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Former flagship of the Naval Service, LÉ Eithne (P31) along with two coastal patrol vessels (CPV), are to be sent overseas and taken apart for scrap after plans to convert the HPV into a museum came to nothing. LÉ Eithne, which was the Naval Service’s largest vessel and the last (naval service vessel) to be constructed in Ireland, in addition AFLOAT highlights as the last ever ship to be built in the Republic, which was decommissioned last year.
LÉ Eithne, the former flagship of the Naval Service which was a helicopter patrol vessel (HPV) along with two coastal patrol vessels (CPV), reports The Irish Times, are to be sent abroad and broken up for recycled scrap, after plans…
Former dredger Hebble Sand along Drogheda town’s quays cannot be removed until the 60 year old vessel can be surveyed to ascertain if it meets the required buoyancy standards.
A disused dredger berthed in Drogheda Port at the town's quay for almost a decade, needs to have a survey carried out and be certified for removal, has still yet to be completed. The grab hopper-dredger Hebble Sand built in 1963,…
The Green Rebel team, winners of the Deloitte Fast 50 Rising Star Award at the Mansion House in Dublin
Cork Harbour marine tech firm Green Rebel has won the Rising Star Award in association with Enterprise Ireland in the 2023 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards. This award recognises the innovation and growth achievements of a company which has demonstrated…
An artist's impression of the Bremore Ireland Port Development plan
Marine leisure facilities will be included, including the possibility of a new marina on the north-east coast, because there is room for one in the Bremore Port development at Drogheda. Dr. Joe Hiney, a director at Bremore Port and an…
Offshore sailor - Pamela Lee is increasingly recognised as a force to be reckoned with in a tough, competitive environment
The short-handed long-distance offshore racing scene from France is recognised as the world peak in a very specialised area. Design development at all boat sizes is at such a pace that in a hyper-hot division such as Class40, anyone racing…
A new ultra-low emissions version of Wärtsilä’s already efficient 31DF engine, which is applied on one of the four engines of Wasaline’s ropax ferry Aurora Botnia which operates on the Gulf of Botnia between Sweden and Finland as AFLOAT reported previously in ice conditions. The version has helped to further reduce methane emissions by 10 percent on the vessel, which is the world’s most environmentally friendly ropax. 2023 marks 75 years since the predecessors of the current Wasaline started shipping company operations between Umeå, Sweden and Vaasa, Finland.
Wärtsilä, the technology group has introduced a new ultra-low emissions version of its already efficient Wärtsilä 31DF engine on board a ferry operating in Scandinavia. Whilst operating on LNG, this new version can further reduce methane emissions on a 50…
Minister of State at the Department of Children, Equality and Disability, Anne Rabbitte, launched Kinsale Yacht Club's new Sailability fleet in June
Kinsale Yacht Club's commitment to promoting inclusiveness in sailing has been rewarded with a win in Wednesday night's (November 29) Cork's Sports Partnership Active Community Award. As Afloat reported previously, Sailability Kinsale and KYC promoter Donal Hickey were nominated as…
The managing director of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company says it doesn't expect the newbuild flagship Manxman to be perfect yet, but is confident any issues can be fixed.
The ferry operator, The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has said it doesn't expect their flagship Manxman to be perfect yet, but its confident any issues can be fixed. The 24,161 gross tonnes newbuild which was built in South…
Belfast Harbour has begun work on a £3m project at City Quays Gardens, the above in an impression of the garden due to be completed in August, 2024. In the background is Belfast Harbour Commissioners' Office and the new City Quays 3 high rise office tower recently built.
A Belfast Harbour project costing £3m has commenced work on the City Quays Gardens, which is to be a vibrant new urban garden in the city and is expected to be completed by August 2024. The City Quays Gardens project…
Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat Coxswains Ken Cashman and Mark John Gannon on arrival home with Bonnie
A dog that had been reported missing for several hours in West Cork was rescued by the Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat Station on Wednesday afternoon. The station received a call from two people on the shore who had spotted the dog…
The Islands Project with Dun Laoghaire RNLI at the launch of their tribute song “The Shout”
A group of three Irish friends have joined together to write and produce a song honouring lifeboat volunteers throughout the RNLI, which they hope will raise vital funds and awareness of the work carried out by the charity that saves…
Bill King suited on deck of his yacht
A new exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the global circumnavigation by yacht by the late Commander Bill King opens in Galway City Museum this week. A display of objects and memorabilia relating to his voyage, loaned by his family…
This whale tale sighting was no fluke for the RTÉ Nationwide team that went to sea with Cork Whale Watch in May 2018
A West Cork-based whale-watching tour business has ended its 2023 season early, blaming overfishing of sprat for the absence of the usual whale visitors to the South Coast. In a social media post on Monday (27 November), Cork Whale Watch…
The Mersey Maritime Annual Industry Awards were held in Liverpool, you can watch highlights of the evening, see link below. Among the winners were Maersk, Cruise Liverpool and Svitzer.
Mersey Maritime's 9th Annual Industry Awards were hosted at the iconic Liverpool Cathedral, marking a significant highlight in the UK maritime sector’s calendar. More than over 550 distinguished guests (YouTube highlights) on 2nd November from across the United Kingdom and beyond…
Bantry Marine Activities Centre -an architect’s rendering of how the new centre will look
The annual general meeting of the Bantry Marine Activities Centre on Friday, December 8, is to hear the details of a feasibility report proposing a major maritime facility in the West Cork town. Known as ‘Bmac,’ the Bantry Marine Activities…
An excerpt from the bluescale map of Dublin Bay
Explore the depths of Dublin Bay, from Killiney to Howth, in remarkable detail thanks to a new addition to INFOMAR’s Bluescale Map Series. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the collection when complete will comprise 18 high-resolution bathymetric maps highlighting 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.

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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.

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.”