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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…
History is made. The first Dublin Regatta of 1828, with the non-racing Pearl at left, the second-placed Ganymede (Col. John Madden) at centre, and the winner Liberty on right.
The impression conveyed in the image above of good-humoured sport afloat at the first regatta from the new harbour of Kingstown on July 22nd 1828 is so lively that today we easily forgive the relatively unskilled work of the artist,…
 They should build coffer dams ahead and astern of the Ever Given
When Lou Grade produced the unsuccessful and ridiculously expensive movie Raise the Titanic, he said afterwards that it would have cost less to lower the Atlantic. Afloat.ie’s suggestion for the Ever Given blocked in the Suez Canal is the opposite.…
A Welsh government plan reveals a 50% relative decline in year-to-year volumes at Holyhead port where above Afloat identified at the Salt Island ferry terminal, Irish Ferries Ulysses and Stena Line with their Stena Adventurer.
Ferry ports in Wales is where the nation's government has warned that post-Brexit trading patterns threaten the viability of the country's Irish Sea ports. Trade flows from Ireland to Welsh ports have collapsed since January. Irish hauliers are avoiding the…
Vital Maritime Waterway: A salvage company, working to free the Ever Given, wedged between both Suez Canal banks, says the operation could take weeks
Ever Given the mega-container ship stranded in the Suez Canal is holding up an estimated $9.6bn (£7bn) of goods each day, according to shipping data, reports BBC News. This works out at $400m an hour in trade along the waterway which…
A newer and faster passenger ro-ro ferry from Greece, Blue Star 1 is to enter Rosslare-Pembroke Dock route. The chartered ferry from the Mediterranean, is to replace Ireland-Wales route's Isle of Inishmore which opens a new service for ICG, notably on the Dover-Calais service. As for the 'blue' hulled livery for Blue Star 1, this is existing, though for the charter, the Irish Ferries name and funnel colours, Afloat adds in reality have already been applied at Piraeus yard. The last and only time a 'blue' hull appeared for Irish Ferries was their former 'Rosslare'-based France routes cruiseferry, Oscar Wilde.
With Irish Ferries to launch a first ever service on a UK-France route next month, the company also announced the addition of a passenger ro-ro ferry Blue Star 1 to its Rosslare to Pembroke Dock route. The ship (to replace…
In a significant first for Irish Ferries, a subsidiary of Irish Continental Group (ICG), which is to launch a new service on the Dover – Calais route. The Strait of Dover service is planned to start in June 2021, with the transfer of the Isle of Inishmore to the UK-France route. ICG add further capacity will be added in the coming months. Replacing 'Inishmore' on the Rosslare-Pembroke Dock route will be another Mediterranean ferry (see: Ferry News 11th Feb) with the latest charter of ro-ro ferry Blue Star 1 from Greek based Attica Group, (Afloat adds operator of Superfast Ferries) for more on 'Superfast' sisters, see same story from last month.
A first for Irish Ferries, as the subsidiary of Irish Continental Group plc (ICG) has announced a new service on the Dover – Calais route. The service is planned to start in June 2021, with the transfer of Isle of…
File image of a ship docked at Dublin Port
The Department of Transport has confirmed limited exemptions for maritime crews from mandatory hotel quarantine for those entering the State from high-risk countries, which comes into effect from tomorrow, Friday 26 March. As detailed in Marine Notice No 16 of…
DB 500 data buoys like these will be deployed in Tralee Bay by TechWorks Marine for the next five weeks
TechWorks Marine advises that it is set to deploy two marine monitoring buoys in Tralee Bay as part of environmental oceanographic monitoring for Fenit Harbour. The DB 500 data buoys will be deployed tomorrow, Friday 26 March, weather depending, and…
Owner of the enormous containership, Ever Given (above bulbous bow) wedged across Suez Canal apologises for major disruption to international trade route. The giant ship is causing a traffic jam in one of the world's busiest waterways
The giant containership owned by a Japanese owner, that has been blocking Egypt's Suez Canal since Tuesday has apologised for the disruption to global trade. As BBC World News reports, Shoei Kisen Kaisha said it was trying to resolve the…
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The good ship Ilen, the 56ft Trading Ketch of Limerick, has been in the slipway cradle at Liam Hegarty's boatyard in Oldcourt upriver of Baltimore in West Cork this week, enjoying the relatively dry weather and the attention of her…
Students step away with confidence, talent, a wide skill pool and a City & Guilds 2463 Level 3 Diploma in Marine Construction
The Boat Building Academy (BBA), based in Lyme Regis, Dorset, is seeking seven committed and enthusiastic individuals to change their lives via its 40-week boat building course. Starting mid-May, the course will teach skills such as lofting, traditional, modern and…
Plans are in place for a €100m road and new bridge for Cobh, Great Island, where currently there is only one bridge link (above).
The coastal town of Cobh on Great Island, Cork Harbour, is after years of waiting, to see plans finally drawn up to build a €100m new road to the town and to replace the only road bridge into the area…
The cabinet’s Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021 that enshrines carbon neutrality by 2050 has been welcomed by the Irish Exporters Association which is a professional body representing the sector. Above AFLOAT's photo of freight vehicles on a linkspan where is berthed a ro-pax vessel.
Following the cabinet’s approval of the Climate Action & Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021, the Irish Exporters Association has welcomed the bill. The bill enshrines carbon neutrality by 2050 into Irish law through the national climate objective - a…
According to Bloomberg, the giant containership blocking the Suez Canal has now been moved alongside the bank of the waterway, potentially easing the disruption to one of the world’s busiest maritime trade routes
On the Suez Canal, tug boats and diggers are working to free a giant containership stuck on the waterway after it veered off course in a sandstorm, officials said. The incident, RTE reports has created huge tailbacks on one of…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI assist a small boat in Dalkey Sound
One of the RNLI’s busiest lifeboat stations has urged the public to be water safety aware as they anticipate the increased demand for their services to continue. Lifeboat crew at Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI have seen their launch requests significantly…

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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