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Done it! Yannick Lemonnier at the MiniTransat finish in Guadeloupe
Galway sailmaker Yannick Lemnnier finished the Eurochef MinisTransat yesterday (Monday) in Saint-Francois, Guadeloupe at 20:37:47 UTC in 16th place in the Proto Division in his 2004-vintage Manuard design Port of Galway tracker here  To achieve this, he overcame a dismasting…
The French cable-laying ship Ile d'Aix is berthed in Cork Harbour
After a transatlantic voyage of 12 days originating from the Canadian port of Halifax, the French cable-laying ship Ile d'Aix is berthed in Cork Harbour. The 150-metre ship can load 3,500 tons of cable and carry 90 people.  The ship is…
Future Ports Wales: All five Associated British Ports (ABP) in south Wales ports (among them Cardiff as above) to be part of a new vision for the future to decarbonise. Among the ports is Port Talbot whose deep waters have potential to create world-class Floating Offshore Wind facilities.
Several ports in south Wales and all operated by Associated British Ports (ABP) have launched an ambitious plan to decarbonise the region with its Future Ports for Wales Vision. ABP has five ports in south Wales, (from west to east)…
Scow’s That! Teamwork has built up a clear lead in Eurochef Ministransat 2021, and is 200 miles from the finish in Guadeloupe and Line Honours in the 86-boat fleet
Pierre Le Roy sailing the uber-scow Teamwork has a good lead in the Euorochef Minitransat 2021 as he closes towards the finish at Saint-Francois in Guadeloupe 200 miles away, where he is expected to cross the line tomorrow (Friday) evening.…
This year's winner of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award 2021 went to the Polish port of Gdańsk Authority, in recognition of its role in the recovery of the city and the local community during pandemic lockdowns.
This week the Port of Gdańsk Authority in Poland, was announced winner of the European Sea Ports Organsisation (ESPO) Award 2021 in recognition of its role in the recovery of the city and the local community during lock-downs. The ESPO…
In terms of breakdown by market, Brittany Ferries France-Ireland route soared 234%. Afloat adds the Breton based operator also reported on UK-France reservations up 40% while UK-Spain routes they rose by 35%. Last week Afloat reported on the operator's new Rosslare-Le Havre 'freight' route also due to surging demand given a post-Brexit Britain. Above Pont-Aven in Cork Harbour recently on the final sailing to Roscoff this year, however the cruiseferry resumes service in March 2022.
Brittany Ferries, which operates the Ireland-France route of Cork-Roscoff, has reported a surge in bookings for summer 2022. Since the onset of the pandemic, as Echo Live reports, the ferry company has navigated what it calls two "disastrous" summer seasons, where they…
Irish Ports Safety Week: Drogheda Port's first port Safety Week involved the Co. Louth town's Irish Coast Guard Unit and also ICG Unit Operations. Among the exercises that took place was a  Man Overboard Drill at the port's downriver terminal at Tom Roes Point.
Irish port authorities including Drogheda Port, recently joined together through the Irish Ports Safety Forum in hosting the first Irish Port Safety Week which took place in the first week of from November. The authorities had come together to ensure,…
Tommy Holohan at the remains of the Nordlyset, a 1600 ton steel barque carrying a cargo of deal in November 1914 which was wrecked off Mutton island. Both Tommy and Ger Jackson believe the anchor, buried somewhere deep in the sand off Galway's Swamp, should be retrieved as part of the city's maritime history
There’s rarely a weekend when there isn’t some activity in and around Galway’s Claddagh basin. Earlier last month, the Galway Hooker Sailing Club and Port of Galway Sea Scouts launched the 96-year old gleoiteog, Loveen, which was refurbished during the…
Valfreya (M. Leonard & D. Riome’s Sigma 33) pictured at June's Sovereign's Cup
Class 1 IRC at Kinsale Yacht Club’s White Sails October/November series has been seeing changes at the top with Valfreya (M. Leonard & D. Riome’s Sigma 33) taking back first place after winning on Sunday and now on four points…
States including Ireland will support the establishment of green shipping corridors globally under the 'Clydebank Declaration' that today was signed at a launch during COP26 held in Glasgow.
At the COP26 Conference in Glasgow today, the UK has announced the launch of the Clydebank Declaration on Green Shipping Corridors. Signatory states (including Ireland) declared their ambition and intent to support the establishment of green shipping corridors – zero-emission…
EuroChambres Survey: Delays in the supply of goods and raw materials have become a significant issue for businesses in the manufacturing, services and construction sectors which is resulting in higher input costs
In a Eurochambres Economic Survey for 2022, a lack of skilled workers, access to affordable energy, and increasing labour costs are among the main challenges facing businesses across Europe. As RTE News reports, the European Association, of which Chambers Ireland…
Race one winner J/109 Joker II leading the 70-boat DBSC Turkey Shoot on Sunday
It was J/109s all the way on Sunday in the first round the cans race of the AIB DBSC Turkey Shoot with John Maybury's Joker II taking the first gun on modified ECHO. The sistership Dear Prudence was second and the 1720 sportsboat…
Webinar: Global Supply Chains - How does Shipping Fit? is to take place on the morning of this Thursday, 11 November. The free event is presented by the Nautical Institute, which for almost 50 years has represented the best of what the shipping industry has to offer in terms of dedication and professionalism around the world. Their vision is to provide inspiration, knowledge and leadership to maritime professionals around the world.
The Nautical Institute invites you to join them for a free webinar: 'Global Supply Chains - How does Shipping Fit? which is to take place this Thursday, 11 November between 08:30 - 09:30 (GMT). At a time when shipping’s role…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI shop, located in the harbour beside the busy East pier is the location for a new community defibrillator, donated by the family of Larry Costello, who died following a cardiac arrest in 2016. The family have…
Stormont's Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots said that he wanted the issue of “unnecessary checks” to be addressed and said trading barriers were not benefiting Northern Ireland. Above a UK Border Force officers talk to a lorry driver at a checking facility near Belfast Harbour.
Northern Ireland's Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has been challenged to end all Protocol checks at ports if the UK government triggers Article 16. Mr Poots responded that he wanted the issue of “unnecessary checks” to be addressed and said trading…
Monkstown Bay Sailing Club's dinghy racing ended for the season on Saturday, with the conclusion of the October League in Cork Harbour which had extended into November to finish a series of eight races. Laser sailor Ronan Kenneally was the…

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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