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Double First as Discovery Docks in Dublin Port with Opening of Cruise Season
#Cruiseliners -Discovery not only has the distinction of becoming the first cruise caller to Dublin Port in 2013 but also under the brand of Cruise & Maritime Voyages, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 700 passenger capacity vessel docked today at Ocean…
Bangor Marina. Yacht & Boat Berths & Storage in Northern Ireland
Situated on the south shore of Belfast Lough, Bangor is located close to the Irish Sea cruising routes. The Marina is right at the town's centre, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, hotels and bars. The Tourist information centre is…
Carrickfergus Marina. Yacht & Boat Berths & Storage in Northern Ireland
Located on the north shore of Belfast Lough, Carrickfergus Marina and harbour incorporates two sheltered area suitable for leisure craft. The harbour is dominated by a magnificent 12th Century Norman Castle which, recently renovated includes a film theatre, banqueting room…
Ballycastle Marina. Yacht & Boat Berths & Storage in Northern Ireland
Ballycastle is a traditional seaside town situated on Northern Ireland's North Antrim Coast. The 74-Berthed, sheltered marina provides a perfect base from which to explore the well known local attractions such as the Giant's Causeway world heritage site, the spectacular…
Groups Appeal For Clarity Over Galway Bay Fish Farm Plans
#FishFarm - Groups opposed to the controversial deep-sea fish farm in Galway Bay have written to TDs asking them to bring clarity to the growing conflict over the proposals. As the Southern Star reports, the groups have asked for a…
Marine Navigation 'Primitive' Compared To Air Travel Standards
#Navigation - Marine navigation systems in yachting and shipping are 'primitive' compared to the standard in air travel, according to an electronics expert. As Yachting Monthly reports, Martin Bransby of the UK's General Lighthouse Authorities said that "demands on marine…
Ports & Shipping Review: National Port Policy Launched, IPA Welcomes Ports Plan, Cruise Boost for ‘Regional’ Harbour and Snow Flurry Farewell for Cargoship
#ShippingReview – Over the last fortnight, Jehan Ashmore has reported from the shipping scene, where Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar, launched the National Ports Policy which is to radically overhaul commercial ports and the transfer of 'regional' ports to local…
Galway Harbour Co Gets Extra Time for Pre-Expansion Works
#GalwayPort - Galway Bay FM reports that the Galway Harbour Company has been given extra time by city councillors for the demolition of buildings in the docks area to make way for the upcoming port expansion. Planning permission was granted…
Seatons Marina. Yacht & Boat Berths & Storage in Northern Ireland
Seatons marina is a privately owned business on the north coast of Ireland, which was estabished by Eric Seaton in 1962. It lies on the east bank of the River Bann, approximately two miles downstream from Coleraine and three miles…
Coleraine Marina. Yacht & Boat Berths & Storage in Northern Ireland
Coleraine Marina complex enjoys a superb location in sheltered waters just one mile north of the town of Coleraine and four and a half miles south of the River Bann Estuary and the open sea. Besides accomodating vessels up to…
Galway City Marina. Yacht & Boat Berths & Storage in Galway
Galway City Marina is situated in the confines of Galway Harbour and is operated by the Galway harbour company. Freshwater and electrical power is available at the pontoons. Power cars can be purchased from the harbour office during the day…
First Boats Welcomed into Greystones Harbour Marina
#greystonesharbourmarina – Greystones in County Wicklow welcomed the first boats into the harbour's new marina this week after the 100-berth facility opened on time in spite of a prolonged period of easterly gales making the month of March the coldest…
Dun Laoghaire Marina is located in the historic harbour of Dun Laoghaire on the south shore of Dublin Bay. Dun Laoghaire Marina opened for business on St Patricks Day, 17th March, 2001. Dun Laoghaire marina has grown in success and…
Irish Ports Association Welcomes New Ports Policy
#Ports&Shipping- The Irish Ports Association (IPA) has welcomed the publication by Leo Varadkar, TD, Minister for Transport of the new national ports policy which sets out the policy framework for the future development of the sector, writes Dredgingtoday.com IPA which…
Port of Cork Strategic Development Plan Update
#portofcork – The Port of Cork held a briefing today on the Strategic Development Plan for the port. CEO Brendan Keating outlined the next steps in the plans in terms of public consultation with stakeholders and lodging a planning application…
Navy Detain French Fishing Boat off Kerry Coast
#FisheryDetention - Naval Service OPV LE Niamh (P52) has detained a French fishing boat about 30 nautical miles off the coast of Valentia, Co Kerry, reports the Irish Examiner. The fishing vessel was detained for an alleged under-recording of catch…

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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