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Competitors in the first West Cork interclub yacht race of the season enjoy post-race hospitality at Baltimore Sailing Club
The first West Cork interclub race of the season was staged over the holiday weekend in idyllic conditions. Starting in Schull Harbour, the ten-boat fleet rounded Western Calf Island and travelled through the Gascanane Sound before finishing off the Wallis…
Not all mariners can look down on Roche's Point lighthouse like this....the liner Queen Anne entering Cork Harbour at 0530hrs this (Wednesday) morning
Cunard Line's mega-ship Queen Anne came into Cork Harbour at dawn this morning and dwarfed everything, starting with Roche's Point. But then she's 1,058ft in length, and - perhaps more impressively - 116ft beam,clocking in at 113,000 tonnes. She is…
Bev Lowes, Commodore of Foynes Yacht Club, and John Conway, Class Captain, present the May Series Cup to Noel, Mary, and Darragh McCormack, winners in  IRC in the Foynes Yacht Club May Series
The overall winners in the Foynes Yacht Club May Series, which presented some challenging weather conditions on the Shannon Estuary, were Darragh McCormack and his Crew on Stouche in the IRC division and Raymond McGibney and his crew on Tommiray…
Discover Derrynane Festival - along with Seashore Discovery Walks with Vincent Hyland, the programme offers Forest Bathing and Sunset Yoga with Louise Weinzweig and Photography Workshops with Patrick Kavanagh
Seashore discovery walks with marine artist and photographer Vincent Hyland are among activities planned for “Discover Derrynane”, a weekend family festival hosted by the Office of Public Works (OPW) in south Kerry. Hyland, who is based in Derrynane,is an outdoor…
The scheme will extend from Galway harbour to Spanish Arch, properties in the Claddagh area, along with Grattan road and Fr Griffin road, will be protected by quay wall along the Claddagh Basin and Nimmo’s Pier
Proposed flood defence work in Galway will be extended to protect some 940 properties – three times the number in an original scheme. However, planning permission for the scheme may not be applied for until 2027, Minister of State for…
Full sail at Cork Week 2022
The start of Volvo Cork Week 2024 is now less than six weeks away, with five days of racing in Cork Harbour and beyond set for 15-19 July. Organisers at the Royal Cork Yacht Club say entry numbers have been steadily…
D Day veterans were on board a Brittany Ferries sailing from Portsmouth (above) to Ouistreham (Caen) in Normandy, when travelling yesterday on Mont St. Michel. The cruise-ferry was ‘dressed overall’ in advance of marking the 80th anniversary of the Allied forces (on 6 June, 1944) that landed on the beaches of the northern region.
Ferry firm Brittany Ferries carried across the English Channel, the largest group of D Day veterans from Portsmouth to Ouistreham (Caen) in Normandy today aboard their cruise-ferry Mont St. Michel. Accompanying the 31 veterans were their carers, hosted by the…
Harland & Wolff’s new subsidiary, Scilly Ferries with the high-speed-craft Atlantic Wolff in a dry dock in Portsmouth, where it has been delayed due to torrential rain hampering paint work. However, the 42m craft is due to go back into the water tomorrow (5 June), but will remain in the UK south coast port. The new service was initially to start in May but is now likely to take place around mid-June.
A new operator, Harland & Wolff (Scilly Ferries) Ltd., was to introduce a ferry service from Cornwall, England, to the Isles of Scilly, but it has been delayed again because rain has hampered a paint job of their dry-docked fast-craft.…
New Cunarder: A spectacular fireworks display lighting up Liverpool’s waterfront celebrated Cunard’s christened cruise ship Queen Anne, seen departing Merseyside last night. This mid-morning, AFLOAT tracked the new £600 million cruise ship heading down the Irish Sea between Wicklow Head and the Llŷn Peninsula, north Wales, and, as previously reported, is bound for Cobh, Cork Harbour, where tomorrow (5 June) it will make its’ ‘Irish’ maiden call.
The newest Cunard Line luxury cruise ship, Queen Anne, has departed Liverpool after a day of celebrations that took place on Merseyside, marking the company's strong links with the city’s maritime heritage. The City of Liverpool was announced as the…
UCD Sailing Varsities 2024 Overall Winners (From left to right) Jamie McMahon, Leonie Judge, William Lacey, Tom Higgins, Peter Fagan, and Cian Lynch
University College Dublin Sailing Club's (UCDSC) win of the 2024 Varsities Trophy at 2024 Sailing Varsities at the Fastnet Marine & Outdoor Education Centre in West Cork has been recognised with two prestigious awards. Student Sport Ireland National Awards -…
Royal Cork Yacht Club's May Coastal Race winner in IRC was Ronan and John Downing’s Miss Whiplash
There has been strong support for evening cruiser racing at the Royal Cork Yacht Club since it began last month. The number of yachts taking part is considerably higher than last season. “It has been a fantastic show,” Rear Admiral…
Darrach Dineen (with trophy) and crew Sean Pecknam and Breda Magner, were the winners of the 2024 Munster Mermaid Championship at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary
The recent Munster Mermaid Championships at Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary were filled with intense racing, camaraderie, and some special moments. Despite a disappointing start on Saturday, as racing had to be abandoned due to a lack of…
David Riome’s Valfreya is lying second in the White Sails division at Kinsale Yacht Club's 'TGIF' Series
John Stallard’s Siboney topped the whitesail ECHO 1 fleet 'Thank Goodness its Friday' (TGIF) series overall after last Friday night’s racing at Kinsale Yacht Club, with David Riome’s Valfreya second and David O’Sullivan’s Cimarron third. ECHO 2 fleet leader was…
LÉ Eithne, the last to be constructed in Ireland at the Verolme Cork Dockyard in Cork, left Cork harbour last week to be scrapped abroad
Former Defence Forces chief of staff Vice Admiral Mark Mellett has paid tribute to the LÉ Eithne which left Cork harbour last week to be scrapped abroad. As Afloat has reported, the 1,920 displacement tonnes ship was the Naval Service’s…
Short-sea ro-ro freight operator CLdN which includes Ireland-mainland Europe routes, has joined the Maritime Battery Forum, a global community in the sector aiming towards a future of zero-emissions. Above dubbed the ‘Brexit-buster’ is the Delphine with its Rotor Sails installed last year. Afloat notes, the MBF is to attend the Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo (18-20 June) held in the Dutch port of Amsterdam.
Major European short-sea ro-ro freight operator Compagnie Luxembourgouise de Navigation (CLdN), which in recent months launched a new Cork-Rotterdam lo-lo route, has announced that it has joined the Maritime Battery Forum. The MBF was founded with the aim of promoting new…
Irish-built cranes: The first of Peel Ports Group’s two new £25 million ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes arrived in Scotland to the above Clydeside port of Greenock. The cranes will facilitate increased demand from cargo owners while at the same time supporting growth in transatlantic trade. AFLOAT adds that the cranes built by Liebherr outside Killarney were assembled at Doyle Shipping Group’s Cork Dockyard and lifted aboard Jumbo Maritime’s heavy-lift vessel Jumbo Jubilee.
The first of two new ship-to-shore container cranes, costing £25 million and built by Liebherr in Ireland, arrived in Scotland aboard a vessel from Cork Harbour, will be a major boost for productivity at the Port of Greenock. At 932-tons,…

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.”