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Stornoway - Irish marina manufacturer Inland and Coastal Marina Systems have completed a facilty increasing capacity for leisure craft to 155 at the Hebridean Harbour
Later this summer, local and visiting leisure craft to Stornoway Harbour in The Hebrides will be enjoying 75 new marina berths in its Newton Basin – increasing capacity for leisure craft to 155. The new facilities, designed and built by…
ICG (owners of Irish Ferries) chief Eamonn Rothwell says passenger quarantine rule will put Common Travel Area at risk post-Brexit. Above AFLOAT's photo of Irish Ferries Ulysses at Dublin Port ferryport terminal No.1. from where the cruiseferry operates on the core Irish Sea route linking Holyhead along with ropax Epsilon.
Passengers coming from Britain to the Republic and subjected to a two-week quarantine, at a time when Boris Johnson’s government has exempted Irish citizens from its own restrictions, puts the entire Common Travel Area at risk post-Brexit, according to the…
Marina Manager Simon McGibney (left) and Blue Flag project manager George McGibney with one of two new Blue Flags for Kilrush Marina and Portmagee Pontoon
Kilrush Maritime Ltd has received two Blue Flags for its operations on the West coast of Ireland at Kilrush Marina on the Shannon Estuary and Portmagee pontoons in County Kerry. Kilrush Marina, in Co. Clare, which was built in 1991…
The 'Ferry Faces' of Stena Line's 'Seamaster' class Stena Adventurer arrives in Dublin Port ahead of Irish Ferries Ulysses when approaching in Dublin Bay. Both ferries compete on the core Irish Sea short-service route linking Holyhead, north Wales.
Operator Stena Line from next week will introduce the mandatory wearing of face coverings for passengers as distinct to Irish Ferries last month's advisory to don such health related attire, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Covid-19 related measures are intended to…
Monktown Bay Sailing Club in the 1970s
2020 was to be a year of special events in Cork Harbour. COVID 19 brought those plans to a crashing halt. The highest-profile hit was Cork Week and the events celebrating Cork 300, many of which are cancelled or in…
Irish Ferries cruiseferry W.B. Yeats captured by AFLOAT entering Dublin Bay during its maiden delivery voyage in 2018, but considerably later than scheduled from German shipbuilder FSG. Owners of the ferry operator, ICG has cancelled an order for a second vessel with the same German shipyard which would of been the World's largest ferry based from a version of W.B. Yeats. AFLOAT reported yesterday, W.B. Yeats which due to Covid19 was delayed by three months in resuming Dublin-Cherbourg route as the services 'cruiseferry' operated ship has completed its first round-trip this summer by arrival into Dublin Port this morning.
Ferry operator, Irish Continental Group (ICG) has said its division, Irish Ferries experience passenger numbers slump by 60 per cent so far this year due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. The company, according to The Irish Times, also said in a…
The monument marking explorer Christopher Columbus’s links to Galway has been vandalised
A former Italian honorary consul has expressed disappointment at damage to a monument marking explorer Christopher Columbus’s links to Galway. A Labour city councillor, Niall MacNelis, has also condemned the spraying of black paint on the monument, and says he…
W.B.Yeats finally resumed its seasonal summer time role on the Dublin-Cherbourg route which saw the cruiseferry depart the Irish capital yesterday albeit under grey skies. Likewise a similar scene as above of this file photo taken when the cruiseferry berthed at one of the French port's ro-ro linkspan's.
Irish Ferries W.B. Yeats which has been delayed in resuming Ireland-France 'cruiseferry' sailings by almost three months due to Covid19, has finally begun its 'seasonal' service role, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat tracked W.B. Yeats depart Dublin Port yesterday for the…
Derry's Foyle Port marina consists of two pontoons
Foyle Port Marina in the North West of Ireland is now open to visitors; however, the self-Isolating restrictions introduced on Monday 8th June by the Government will apply to vessels visiting from outside the UK and Ireland. These can be…
New freight ro-ro service is to link Dublin Port (above) on calls to Liverpool, UK and Santander in northern Spain. Also above CLdN's con-ro vessel Mazarine was among vessels that launched the more established routes from Dublin-Belgium/The Netherlands in 2009. See Ship's Monthly (Feb) 2010. AFLOAT also adds the linkspan-berth No.2 at Alexandra Basin (East) is the same site of one of the port's original linkspans built for ro-ro traffic incl. passenger car ferries introduced in the late 1960's, though it was the nearby ferryport behind where all the action really began by B+I Line serving such services linking Liverpool. In addition to Holyhead but not open until 1982. In more recent times the Irish port demolished the old ro-ro linkspan and hydraulic tower with the above infrastructure.
Afloat can reveal that a new freight-ferry route calling to Dublin Port is to be introduced by CLdN ro-ro SA as part of their expansion of existing network which is to involve linking Spain via the UK, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Blue Flag - Kinsale Marina has been awarded the environmental Blue Flag for 2020
Kinsale Yacht Club has been awarded the environmental Blue Flag for 2020. The 2020 results were announced today by An Taisce. The marinas and beaches who achieved the accolade must adhere to specific criteria related to water quality, information provision,…
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With the unexpected announcement from An Taoiseach on Friday afternoon that travel is permitted throughout all of county Cork from today, Kinsale Yacht Club is keen to stimulate some sailing activity along our coastline and accordingly would like to invite…
The Sunfast 3300 Cinnamonn Girl is the 44th entry into the Round Ireland Race
Cian McCarthy's brand new Sunfast 3300 'Cinnamon Girl' from Kinsale Yacht Club is the latest entry into the SSE Renewables Round Ireland Yacht Race in ten weeks time. As regular Afloat readers will know, the recently arrived Kinsale-based 3300 supplied by…
Portaferry Marina has been open for residents and visitors since 25th May
The situation around the opening of marinas and harbours in Northern Ireland in COVID-19 appears fluid but the latest news is good for those wanting to relax, sail and visit. Bangor Harbour Master Kevin Baird says that Bangor, Carrickfergus, and…
The 39ft ketch Danu of Galway is on the Atlantic for World Oceans Day today, but should be in Horta in the Azores by Wednesday, and possibly earlier
Today is World Oceans Day Monday, June 8th, and the 39ft ketch Danu of Galway Bay has an Azores landfall in prospect for celebration as she approaches the ocean-crossroads port of Horta in the island of Faial. Although still 150…
Seatruck Power one of a quartet of FSG class ro-ro freight ferries built by FSG Flenburger shipyard in Germany, that also built cruiseferry W.B. Yeats. The freight ferry is berthed at Dublin Port. Some stats on this ship: 142m loa, 150 trailer-units using a revolutionary 4 deck design with capacity for 2,166 freight lane metres.
Freight ferry cargo levels continue to improve with Seatruck as a result the Irish Sea operator has announced the re-introduction of the 15:30 sailing ex Dublin Port on Thursday's and the 03:30 sailing ex Liverpool on Friday's. This additional round-trip…

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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