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Ian O'Meara of Viking Marine with some tips for keeping sailing gear clear of salt water damage
 It isn't an April Fool! Thursday will be to Bangor Marina berth holders the end of a long-awaited return to their craft after a roller coaster of lockdown, opening up and lockdown again over the past year. In Harbour Master…
GLOBAL SHIFT: Søren Skou (CEO of A.P. Møller-Maersk) believes further exposure of the fragility of just-in-time models adds additional momentum to the move towards just-in-case stockholding and diversification of suppliers. Above AFLOAT adds, the stricken Suez vessel, Ever Green, of the 20,000 (TEU) 'Golden' class, is one of the largest containerships in the world, based on the capacity of TEU (Twenty-foot equivalent unit) containers. Above AFLOAT's photo of a previous title holder, Mette Maersk of the Triple E-class (18,000 TEU) berthed at the UK's biggest 'box-boat' Port of Felixstowe. The Danish flagged containership, had transitted the Suez, is currently off Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean and according to AIS, is scheduled to arrive in Singapore on 3rd April (this Saturday).
Blockage of the Suez Canal that had been caused by Evergreen's containership ‘Ever Given’ since 23 March, will hasten the global shift away from just-in-time supply chains after further exposing their fragility, according to A.P. Møller-Maersk CEO Søren Skou. The…
61 years after the 1st Rankin came off this very same mould a new Rankin is born. From right to left; the original mould, the new shell, and a finished product
Sixty-one years after the first Rankin came off a mould in Cobh, a new one has been built from the same mould. "From the roots of this revered dinghy class in Cork Harbour, a new boat has been built," the…
Cancelled sailings is blamed to silt build up Douglas Harbour.
Ferry sailings of the Isle of Man Steam Packet were called off for the ro-pax Ben-my-Chree. Sailings to and from the Island, reports Manx Radio, have been cancelled due to silt build up in Douglas Harbour. The Steam Packet Company…
Onshore Power Supply (OPS): Calls by Europe’s ports for more onshorepower where it makes sense. Read about the Europen Sea Ports Organisation's (ESPO) proposal for an intelligent approach towards OPS.
The Onshore Power Supply (OPS) is part of the solution to greening the shipping sector. It is an important tool for reducing CO2 emissions and air pollution at berth and in ports. The greening of the shipping sector is a…
Blue Star 1 in previous ‘superfast’ livery while servicing routes in the Greek islands
Irish Ferries has announced the addition of the RoRo passenger ferry Blue Star 1 to its Rosslare–Pembroke Dock route. The ship is being chartered from the Attica Group and delivery is expected in early April. Blue Star 1 was built…
Over the moon…..the huge Ever Given (beam is 200 metres, length 1400 metres) is finally back in line this (Monday) afternoon in the Suez Canal, thanks to a a useful combination of wind and tide and tugs and dredgers and salvage skills
The enormous container ship Ever Given was finally freed this (Monday) afternoon from her global trade-wrecking blockage of the Suez Canal. After days of struggle, salvage crews freed the giant container ship. Human error is considered in the cause of…
The RWYC was the first club to introduce shorthanded offshore racing in the world
With its new format and course recently announced, RWYC Round Britain & Ireland Race that calls to Galway Bay next summer entry opens this Friday. Commodore of the Royal Western Yacht Club, Chris Arscott, said, “The new format now allows for…
This proposal for a solution of the problem of mega-load of containers on the Ever Given has taken thoughtful account of local sensitivities and an ancient culture
As the old business school saying has it, there are no problems - there are only fresh opportunities. The acute problem of the relatively rare blockage of the Suez Canal, with the salvors of the 400m Ever Given faced with…
Two senior figures of the Isle of Man Steam-Packet are to retire from their positions as CEO and Commercial Director, from July. Above Douglas, the Manx capital, AFLOAT adds is seen from the ro-pax Ben-My-Chree's uppermost vehicle 'weather' deck during a routine crossing on the main year-round operated route to Heysham, England.
Senior figures in the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co.,who between them have amassed more than half a century of dedicated service to the Manx ferry company are to retire later this year. Chief Executive Officer Mark Woodward and Commercial…
Salvage efforts are continuing to free a mammoth container ship, Ever Given that has blocked the Suez Canal for six days, crippling international trade and causing losses worth millions of euro.
Ever Given, the giant container ship remains stuck in the Suez Canal on Sunday after authorities tried and failed to make use of the high tide to free the vessel and reopen the crucial waterway. Two attempts to free the…
The fishing vessel ELLIE ADHAMH at the centre of a rescue operation has sunk. The vessel suffered a loss of power and was being towed towards Bantry by the Naval ship LE George Bernard Shaw. The vessel suffered a loss of power approximately 70 miles West of Bantry Bay on Friday morning and had been adrift.
The fishing vessel Ellie Adhamh, the seven-person crew of which were evacuated by Coast Guard Helicopters on Saturday evening, has sunk in approximately 80m of water over two miles North of the Bull Rock, at the entrance to Kenmare Bay.…
Matters of Draught: At the High Court, Arklow Shipping claims it cannot operate in any port without reliable information about depth, readings of which it says should be taken on a daily basis. Above: Arklow Valour in the company colours of a green hull of the single-hold cargoship.
A Drogheda Harbour pilot boat captain has told the High Court “we all underestimated” the underwater clearance a cement-laden cargoship needed before it ran aground at the Co. Louth port in 2018. Captain Andrew Breach was giving evidence in a €1.4 million…
Sailors from Indonesia were accompanied to Dublin Airport by a garda escort following the trawler, Magan D which was towed to Dun Laoghaire Harbour early last month, after drifting for days in the Irish Sea because of engine failure.
Indonesian sailors stranded on a trawler in Dún Laoghaire Harbour since early March, as Afloat reported, are on their way home after their repatriation terms were agreed. The 14 sailors left the Magan D shortly before 8am and were accompanied…
The latest 'Brexit Bypass' freight-ferry to enter DFDS's Rosslare Europort-Dunkirk, the chartered Pelagos is today making a first round trip on the direct route to continental mainland Europe. The smart livery of the Marseille based owners La Méridionale is seen as the 'Visentini' shipyard series ro-pax approaches Rosslare during its maiden inbound crossing on Thursday from Dunkirk. The second ferry from the 'Med', Mega Express Four operates for Irish Ferries Dublin-Cherbourg route (at weekends) in addition W.B. Yests, to provide much in demand freight-capacity. The Corsica Ferries vessel arrived in Cherbourg at lunchtime (Irish time) today, whereas Pelagos continues on the English Channel and is yet to transit the Strait of Dover (see: Irish Ferries to launch new service) before reaching Dunkirk.
Two chartered ferries from the 'Med' for 'Brexit-bypass' roles serving rival operators, where relatively close to each other offshore of Rosslare Europort last night when bound for French ports, writes Jehan Ashmore. Irish Ferries chartered ro-ro Mega Express Four of…
Resumption of the Naval Service has taken place in a rescue operation for a trawler off Cork coast. Seven crew are on board the Ellie Adhamh which spent the night in seas off Bull Rock after losing power.
An Irish Naval Service vessel it is hoped to get a tow aboard a trawler stranded off the Cork coast with a crew of seven on board on Saturday morning. The Wexford-registered trawler, Ellie Adhamh, lost power early on Friday…

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.

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