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Cork Harbour Open Day 2010  - Call for events
Cork Harbour Open Day will take place on Saturday 4th September 2010. Aimed at embracing what Cork Harbour has to offer, the Cork Harbour Open Day seeks to raise awareness of the different activities available for people in the harbour…
Zuleika Dominates Second Race of Mermaid Week
Yesterday (Monday), Foynes lived up to it's reputation as being a tricky place in which to sail.  A strong ebbing tide and shifty 8-10 knot breeze dominated racing in the 33 strong Mermaid fleet in Race 2 of the National Championship.…
Italians Bring Home Irish Military Equipment from Africa
On Monday 26 July, the Grande Senegal, a brand new vessel that was only launched this year for Italian shipping giant, Grimaldi Lines, docked in Dublin after a 9,600km voyage from Douala, Cameroon, along Africa's mid-western coast.Onboard was a large-scale…
Carthy Wins Opening Race of Mermaid Week
After a two hour postponement the slack winds filled in for a Race Officer Liam Dinneen allowing him to run today's first race of Mermaid week in near perfect conditions with NW 9 knots and sunshine.  There are thirty three…
 Aerial Photo Shows New Greystones Slipway
The new public slipway at the still under construction Greystones Harbour in Co. Wicklow is now operational and local clubs have been given access. It is now possible to launch three boats at one time even at low water (when…
Mermaid Week Starts Today in Foynes
Mermaid Week starts today at Foynes Yacht Club, with sailing on the Shannon Estuary. There is more than 35 boats expected from Skerries, Rush, Clontarf, Dublin Bay, Wexford, Sligo and of course a large contingent of local boats. This is…
Dublin and Cork Share Cruise-Calls Bonanza
The ports of Dublin and Cork are scheduled to receive a record 139 cruiseships in total this year, bringing 180,000 visitors and crew. Many more of these cruiseships are due to visit over the next two months and stretching into late Autumn. Between…
New Slipway Operational at Greystones and Marina to Open in 2012
There has been good news in Wicklow for watersports fans with the new public slip opening at Greystones harbour. It is now possible to launch three boats at one time even at low water (when most slips run out of…
Cunard Line Queen Victoria berths at Cobh. Pics Here!
More shipping history was made in Cork harbour to-day, July 24th, when the Cunard Line Queen Victoria berthed at the deepwater quay Cobh for her maiden visit to the  Port of Cork writes Claire Bateman. This magnificent liner was built…
Dubliners Lead Belfast Lough Dragon Champs
After three races of the the 2010 Irish Dragon Championships on Belfast Lough Dubliner Martin Byrne leads overall. The results after three races are attached. Race 4 is currently underway.
Four Foreign Ships Under Detention in the UK During June 2010
The UK's Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that 4 foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during June 2010 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. Latest monthly figures show that there were 2 new detentions…
Traffic at the Port of Cork amounted to 8.3 million tonnes in 2009
The Chairman of the Port of Cork, Mr Dermot O'Mahoney commented on the company's annual results for 2009 stating that the Port of Cork had delivered a resilient performance given the national economic recession. Total traffic at the Port of…
Foynes Prepares to Stage Mermaid Week
Foynes Yacht Club on the Shannon Estuary is hosting the National Mermaid Championships, which will commence on Saturday, July 31, and which will be taking place for a full week at Cooleen Point. Quite an amount of preparation and organisation…
Government To Finalise Negotiations For Purchase Of New Naval Service Patrol Vessels
The Minister for Defence, Mr. Tony Killeen, TD, with his cabinet colleague the Minister for Finance, Mr. Brian Lenihan, TD, were today, at the Naval Service Base in Haulbowline, Cork to welcome home the Naval Service vessel the L.E. Niamh…
New Business Could Float in on the Tide
Local TD and Minister of Sport Mary Hanafin has given her support to Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company's initiative to promote the town as a cruise tourism destination on Dublin Bay. Writing in her latest newsletter to constituents this month, the…
Minister for Sport Goes Sailing
Minister for Sport and local TD Mary Hanafin made good on a long-standing promise to go sailing when she joined 'Wow' (Women on the Water) scheme that held a one-day event at the National Yacht Club in Dún Laoghaire, yesterday.…

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.

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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