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Half of the world’s sailors are from countries where rollout of vaccines is slow, according to the International Chamber of Shipping. Above the deck-mounted cranes of a deep-sea bulker berthed at an Irish port.
Unvaccinated seafarers are threatening to tip the global supply chain into deeper crisis as countries introduce vaccine requirements at their borders, The Financial Times reports quoting international shipping industry sources. Of the world’s 1.7 million seafarers, 900,000 are from developing…
Covid19 Travel Restrictions: The new quarantine rules come into affect from 4am this Friday (26 March). Small teams of Defence Forces to be placed at all locations, ports, airports and at the hotels.
There have been 26 bookings as of (yesterday) evening under the new mandatory hotel quarantine system. Six of the bookings are for check-in in March, 15 are for April and five are for May. The mandatory quarantine system is for…
Michael Horgan, Group CEO of Green Rebel Marine
Cork Harbour based marine survey and consultancy company Green Rebel Marine has announced the appointment of Michael Horgan as Group CEO. Michael (Mick) is a graduate of the National Maritime College of Ireland. A Master Mariner with a wealth of…
Wakame or Japanese kelp in Greystones Harbour in County Wicklow
Scientists from NUI Galway and Seasearch Ireland are asking divers and marina users to keep an eye out for Undaria pinnatifida, commonly known as Wakame or Japanese kelp. This species was first recorded in Belfast Lough, Northern Ireland in 2012,…
Naval Service crew total continues to hemorrhage personnel. AFLOAT adds above, LÉ Roisin (note mainmast's Fishery Pennant) when operating in the Celtic Sea with one of the two platforms of the Kinsale Gas Field. As Afloat reported yesterday, work is underway to decommission subsea wells at the Southwest Kinsale.
Crew numbers in the Naval Service continues to hemorrhage personnel, falling to just 862 trained members and facing the further loss of 24 experienced seamen who have sought and are awaiting to be discharged from the force. Figures provided to…
Dublin Port Fest 21
Dublin is in the rare position of being the home or birthplace of at least four Nobel Laureates for literature, writers and poets who have drawn inspiration from the ancient port's vibrant maritime communities and the lively city around them.…
New UK west coast service initiative links Liverpool and China. DKT Allseas (part of Allseas Global Logistics), has announced it will operate a number of Supply Chain critical container vessel sailings from Shanghai and Ningbo to Liverpool. AFLOAT adds as previously reported the north-west English port recently secured 'Freeport' status, and the only such port to do on the Irish Sea.
A new Liverpool-China shipping service which is an initiative by DKT Allseas, is intended to provide relief to customers who are facing increased ocean freight rates, as well as, reduced reliability due to the knock-on impacts of the global pandemic.…
Dublin Port's 3FM Project envisages the development of port lands on the Poolbeg Peninsula and the construction of a new bridge to provide a Southern Port Access Route to take port-related HGV traffic off existing public roads including East Wall Road, the Tom Clarke Bridge and Pigeon House Road
Dublin Port Company (DPC) has said that Dublin Port will reach its maximum throughput capacity some time between 2030 and 2040. This means additional port capacity will be needed elsewhere on the east coast of Ireland to cater for the…
Sailor Steph Lyons in business mode – her noted administrative expertise has now been recruited by World Sailing
It was exactly fourteen months ago – precisely on January 21st 2020 – that we featured the intriguing story of how Stephanie Lyons of Kildare had come to be in a role of active sailing prominence in Australia via training…
Isle of Man serving fastcraft ferry Manannan departing Douglas Harbour, however this year's 'season' services by the craft have been delayed due to Covid 19's impact leading to the continued closure of Manx borders.
Ferry 'season' services by fastcraft to and and from the Isle of Man are delayed due to the continued closure of Manx borders (see info to non-island residents, etc). The delays announced earlier this month by the Isle of Man Steam Packet…
A €35m development of Rosslare Europort is paying dividends after Brexit
Rosslare just breathes the atmosphere of the sea. Next month Rosslare Europort will hit a new record – a total of 36 shipping services a week operating from the port, which, its General Manager tells me, will make it the…
Pelagos, a ropax which ran in the Mediterranean, is to start service for DFDS Rosslare-Dunkirk route next week. The former Liverpool Seaways was owned by the Danish company which had a brief spell operating on the Irish Sea until ending in January, 2011 (as seen in photo) of the ro pax's final arrival to Dublin Port, following DFDS passenger operated sailing from Birkenhead (Liverpool). At adjacent berth, Anglia Seaways, a DFDS freighter which too that day ended service, though note still sporting the pale blue livery of the previous operator Maersk/Norfolkline.
Following Irish Ferries two-month charter in February of a Meditteranean ferry, DFDS, operator of the new Rosslare Europort-Dunkirk freight route is to introduce a ferry from Marseille next week, writes Jehan Ashmore. Pelagos, will become the fifth ferry so far involved…
File image of Dollymount Strand, where a local man says the rubber-like spheres have been appearing in increasing numbers
Small blue balls found on a North Dublin beach have prompted concerns around their origin and whether they pose a threat to a protected habitat, as the Irish Times reports. Brian Bolger — who lives near Bull Island — says…
The 'Red Rebel': Resplendent in this Spring sunshine scene of Mainport Geo, a 50m former offshore supply ship, at Cork Dockyard following conversion into a survey/scientific vessel specifically to suit requirements of the offshore renewables sector. The facility in Rushbrooke, near Cobh was a former shipyard, but shiprepair and maintenance also remain, albeit at the nation's sole surviving graving dry-dock used for ships.
Cork Dockyard's completion to convert a Mainport Group offshore supply vessel acquired in Africa, as Afloat reported in January, is expected to see the ship depart drydock shortly, prior to a new role in the offshore renewables sector, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
The Breton based ferry operator, has experienced some of the most disappointing figures in its history, since its inaugural sailing in 1973 between France and the UK. Above Armorique, Afloat adds the cruiseferry (operating in freight-mode) is to sail from St.Malo and due to arrive to Cork Harbour tomorrow afternoon.
Operator, Brittany Ferries has published some of the most disappointing figures in its history, following its AGM in St. Pol de Leon, France today. In a year dominated by the Covid crisis and amid on-going Brexit concerns, 2020 passenger numbers…
120 crews from over 15 nations are expected for the 2022 505 world championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club
More than 120 crews from over 15 nations are expected in Cork Harbour at the Royal Cork Yacht Club when the 2022 5O5 World Championship is hosted in Crosshaven from 1st -13th August 2022. This will be the fourth time…

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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