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As AFLOAT reported in March (see CruiseLiners) the MS Fridtjof Nansen (would become) the only cruiseship that called to Belfast Harbour this season. The hybrid-powered expedition cruise ship with a 500 passenger capacity is operated by Norwegian owners Hurtigruten which was promoting the 2019 newbuild which was scheduled next to call to Dublin Port but was cancelled as the Covid-19 scenario was increasingly becoming a major public health emergency. The industry has all but collapsed and is unlikely to recover until 2023.
Cruise fall-out as Belfast Harbour is anticipating that Covid-19 could hit revenues by as much as 20% this year, largely due to the collapse of its cruise, tourist and leisure business. Port bosses said they do not expect any of…
Set for a €30m investment, and transformation is Rosslare Europort as a new Port Masterplan, for which planning permission is about to be sought. ABOVE AFLOAT adds is the south-east port's current compound layout with ferry terminal dating to 1989. Also identified are ships (left to right): Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Braemar, Stena Line's Fishguard route superferry Stena Europe (currently at H&W, Belfast) and Irish Ferries cruiseferry Isle of Inishmore underway bound for Pembroke, south Wales.
Port authority Iarnród Éireann, operator of Rosslare Europort, is to undergo a major transformation as part of its Port Masterplan, as the authority is set to apply for planning permission next week. The Masterplan, together with initiatives under the strategic…
Royal Ulster Yacht Club on Belfast Lough
The opening up of Royal Ulster Yacht Club on Belfast Lough has been long-awaited and tomorrow (Friday 3rd July) is the big day. During the past week bar and waiting staff have undergone training on the new way of working.…
A Red Bull heart captured over Dun Laoghaire Marina was  a tribute to pandemic front line staff
A 'Red Bull' tribute to Front Line COVID-19 pandemic staff took place over Dublin Bay this afternoon leaving massive heart shapes in the sky over Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The Red Bull Flyover Project was originally planned for the Bay at…
Stena Europe AFLOAT adds under the iconic Harland & Wolff shipyard gantry cranes in Belfast. The ferry seen in the Building Dry Dock, otherwise operates the Rosslare-Fishguard route while ropax Stena Nordica is currently covering crossings on the St. Georges Channel's southern corridor service between Ireland and Wales.
Six ferries of Stena Line's Irish Sea fleet will dry-dock at Harland and Wolff’s famous Belfast shipyard this summer for a range of repairs and upgrades. Currently the Stena Europe (see related relief ferry), which operates on the Rosslare-Fishguard service,…
Celebrating World Marine Aids to Navigation Day today! As Irish Lights join IALA and our international partners to recognise the importance of AtoN's and the people that keep them operational in turn keeping our maritime channels safe. Above AFLOAT adds is a navigation bouy been handled at the aft deck on board Irish Light's tender ILV Granuaile.
Transportation by sea is the most important means of connecting Ireland to international markets, according to one of Ireland’s leading maritime authorities. Speaking on IALA World Aids to Navigation Day (AtoN) on Wednesday, July 1, the CEO of Irish Lights,…
Last government committed at start of April to provide up to €15m of PSO subventions. ABOVE AFLOAT's photo of Eamonn Rothwell, chief executive of ICG, (parent company of Irish Ferries) on board the W.B. Yeats during the reception to officially introduce the newbuild cruiseferry in early 2019. Then the cruiseferry was operating the Dublin-Holyhead route over the winter months prior to making a debut on the Dublin-Cherbourg route for the summer (likewise of this season).
Chief executive of ferry operator Irish Continental Group (ICG) has warned that any move by the new Government to extend a subsidy scheme to keep certain sea routes going during the Covid-19 pandemic would be a “waste of taxpayers’ money” and…
The pontoon mini marina situated in the Kerry village of Portmagee
The pontoon mini marina situated in the picturesque village of Portmagee on the County Kerry coast will open its gates once more on July 1st. The sixteen berth pontoon which services the local Skelligs boats as well as visiting yachts…
Dun Laoghaire RNLI rescued an angler from Dublin Bay after a fall from the West Pier
Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI rescued an angler who had slipped and fallen into the water at Dun Laoghaire’s West Pier today (Tuesday 30 June) The volunteer lifeboat crew were paged following a report made to the Irish Coast Guard that…
Hapag Lloyd AG through their Irish subsidiary have launched a new weekly container service on BG Freight Line's existing 'feeder' routes.  This connects the south-east of Ireland with deep-sea global shipping hubs of Liverpool and Rotterdam and will provide alternative logistical solutions.
Shipping company Hapag Lloyd Ireland , in partnership with BG Freight Line's 'feeder' services are to launch a new port offering from Belview, the main terminal in Waterford. According to the Port of Waterford, this will complement their existing container…
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney TD said that the Naval Service needs a “response” from him well in advance of a Commission which is to be set up to examine all aspects of Defence.
Taking control at the Department of Defence is Tánaiste Simon Coveney who said one of his immediate priorities in the role will be to address the manpower crisis in the Naval Service, writes Irish Examiner. A year ago, the navy…
Dragon racing at Kinsale Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club’s marina is now open to all Irish visitors upon the latest lifting of coronavirus restrictions today, Monday 29 June. In the latest letter to members from KYC Commodore Mike Walsh, it’s also confirmed that the club premises…
The world’s oldest continually-operating passenger shipping company, Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. celebrates its 190th anniversary tomorrow. AFLOAT adds among the ferry fleet (on left) the chartered-in ro-ro freighter Arrow which as reported last week went aground in Aberdeen Harbour, Scotland.
Ferry operator the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company will officially mark its 190th anniversary on Tuesday (tomorrow). It's the world’s oldest continually-operating passenger shipping company and has served the Island since 30 June 1830. The Steam Packet, reports Manx…
Plans for a new rail freight link between Ballina and (Belview) the Port of Waterford) is set to create a host of opportunities for local import and export businesses
RailSail: Details of a proposed new service were outlined by XPO Logistics at the latest Irish Exporters Association Western Council roundtable webinar. As Western People reports, Ballina Beverages – which is a long-standing client of XPO Logistics – will be…
Cove Sailing Club Marina
Cove Saling Club’s brand new marina pontoons have been put to immediate use in Cork Harbour with yachts and motorboats occupying the new berths since the opening up of sailing activity on 8th June. Coronavirus restrictions delayed the original expected…
Bangor Coastguard at Donaghdee
The rescue services were so busy over the weekend that they have related several incidents together. A jetskier needed medical assistance after coming off his jetski. Donaghadee Lifeboat brought the casualty from Millisle into Donaghadee harbour and was met by…

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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