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Ropax Ben-My-Chree Afloat adds is seen berthed in Douglas Harbour
The Manx government will be required to guarantee the Isle of Man Steam Packet’s loans when it builds its new ferries. Under the terms of the sea services agreement, the company must provide two new ships, with the first due…
Storm Lorenzo: Bulloch Harbour on Dublin Bay is located along the Dalkey coastline
A hearing will be held in the High Court writes Dublin Gazette, on an application by local campaigners against a housing development at Bulloch Harbour, Dalkey next week. Earlier this year, the controversial development got the green light from An…
Stena Superfast X docked at the Welsh port which is in the heart of Holyhead which means there is no room to expand to create a holding space for lorries coming through customs.
The UK's second biggest roll-on roll-off ferry port of Holyhead is from where Gwynedd Shipping operate and say they are "absolutely" not ready for a no deal Brexit. Andrew Kinsella, Managing Director of the shipping company speaking on ITV News,…
RMS Titanic departing Southampton on April 10, 1912
An experienced Titanic diver, who also has family in Cork, will next week give a talk in the city on his experiences at the arguably the world's most famous shipwreck. Paul Henri Nargeolet has spent more time than anyone else…
Irish Sea ports of Liverpool, Heysham (above) and Sheerness (London Medway) which have received UK Government funding to enhance measures ahead of the expected departure from the EU on 31 October.
The Irish Sea ports of Liverpool and Heysham in addition Sheerness (London Medway) all part of the Peel Ports Group, have received funding to enhance measures they have already taken to improve resilience ahead of the UK’s expected departure from…
Scottish Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay has met with new recruits at the re-nationalised Ferguson Marine shipyard on the Clyde
An increase in employment is a pledge at the nationalised Ferguson Marine shipyard which has resulted in 17 new jobs, with a further ten to be recruited, the Scottish Government announced today. The yard, reports The Scotsman, is in the…
The HSA said there were five recorded workplace deaths at ports and docks countrywide since January 2018. Three of these were at Dublin Port (above), one was at Rosslare Ferryport and one at Waterford.
There has been a “blitz”of safety inspections launched at docks around Irish ports in response to concerns about five workplace deaths since the start of last year. As The Irish Times reports, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) started the…
The always-absorbing world of a traditional sailing ship – students from Cork Life Centre get busy with Ilen Facilitator Chelsea Canavan during the vessel’s recent participation in Cork Mental Health Festival
The 1926-built 56ft Conor O’Brien trading ketch Ilen of Limerick has had an exceptionally busy first season in 2019 in her restored condition as achieved by the Ilen Boat-Building School of Limerick, and Liam Hegarty’s Oldcourt Boatyard in West Cork.…
In this AFLOAT photo, Irish Ferries new cruiseferry W.B. Yeats is departing Dublin Port and bound for Holyhead earlier this year. The cruiseferry has since completed its first summer season on the Ireland-France service and will spend the winter on the Ireland-Wales route. As NorthWalesLive highlighted, W.B. Yeats will be in place on the Irish Sea for the current October 31 Brexit date when there are concerns over the potential impact at Holyhead.
Cruiseferry W.B. Yeats has returned on the Holyhead to Dublin route, writes NorthWalesLive.  Irish Ferries' €150m vessel - dubbed the "largest and most luxurious ferry" to sail on the Irish Sea - initially arrived at the port at the end…
The Port of Cork in 2017 signed a memorandum of understanding with a US company to import gas through Cork Harbour.
According to the Port of Cork there is "a lot of groundwork to complete" when it comes to finalising a deal to import gas through Cork Harbour, so writes BreakingNews.ie In 2017, the Port of Cork signed a memorandum of…
Stena Europe has recently returned on Rosslare-Fishguard duties following a life-extending refit which AFLOAT adds will permit the oldest ferry on the Irish Sea to continue a career much longer on the St. Georges Channel route. AFLOAT also adds that the 1981 built former Scandinavian serving ferry made in mid-September the return voyage to Europe (firstly bound for Liverpool) having been dry-docked outside Europe at a shipyard in Tuzla which is located on the Asian side of Turkey.
On completion of an extensive refit programme at an Asian shipyard located in Turkey and at a dock in Liverpool, the UK, the Stena Europe has recently resumed its scheduled sailing services on the Rosslare - Fishguard route.  Afloat.ie adds…
The former director of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company has called for the release of its final accounts. Above AFLOAT adds is the HSS Stena Explorer berthed at the Irish port from where the fastferry's final sailing took place on 9 September 2014. Noting it was not until early in the following year that the operator Stena Line officially confirmed in February that they would not resume the seasonal-only service to Holyhead but consolidate out of Dublin Port with an existing year-round route to the same north Wales port.
Financial accounts of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company must be published and presented to the Oireachtas without delay, a former director of the company has said. As The Irish Times reports, Independent Senator Victor Boyhan (see call for ferry return) who was a…
Dun Laoghaire Marina’s Green Credentials Recognised In Local Business Awards
Dun Laoghaire Marina took home the Green Business Environment gong in the 2019 DLR County Business Awards, which took place this past Thursday night (3 October). Speaking on the award, the marina commented on social media: “Wonderful to receive recognition…
Big gusts  for the second day of racing at the J109 Nationals on Dublin Bay
John Maybury's consistent Joker 2 has won the J109 National Championships after six races sailed at the Royal Irish Yacht Club today.  Maybury won half of the six races in the series but counted all six results in the top three.…
At just 6 years of age Monique from Cameroon lost her sight, stopping her from attending school. At the age of 9 a simple eye-operation on board Mercy Ships changed her life in less than 20 minutes.... to read more about her story see link below.
This is the third year in a row that Stena Line have launched a donation campaign in favour of the non-profit organisation Mercy Ships life-changing work, bringing free medical care to where it’s needed the most with their floating hospital…
Bulker under tow at the Port of Waterford... where big plans are afoot to focus climate change in corporate plan
Plans by the Port of Waterford in responding actively to climate change and emerging economic opportunities and challenges are among the key themes of the latest version of the port's corporate plan. Along with commercial development, WatefordLive reports, also on…

As an island economy a healthy maritime sector is key to our national competitiveness. Virtually all our imports and exports pass through Irish ports.

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