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A child has been airlifted to hospital in Liverpool from a ferry in the Irish Sea after what’s been described as a “serious medical emergency”. The Irish Mirror reports on the incident in the early hours of yesterday (Wednesday 17…
Green Rebel Marine founder Pearse FlynnGreen Rebel Marine founder Pearse Flynn
Green Rebel Marine in Cork Harbour has acquired a majority stake in Limerick-based marine data firm IDS-Monitoring. The deal involves an investment of close to €7 million and will result in the creation of 30 jobs over the next two…
P&O Cruises’ Britannia will run a series of short breaks from Southampton for vaccinated UK guests this summer
P&O Cruises says British passengers on two of its cruise liners this summer will need be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before joining any voyage. According to Marine Industry News, it is the cruise line’s “strong expressed preference” that British guests…
Mermaid Champion Sailor Jerry O'Neill
Tributes to Mermaid stalwart Jerry O'Neill, who has died, have been led by National Yacht Club Commodore Martin McCarthy. Jerry, who died on March 12, was a former Mermaid champion, but he also raced in the Flying Fifteen, Shipman 28s…
Dublin Port - Working port among seaside suburbs – looking north across Dublin Port across the Tolka Estuary to Clontarf
Brexit and the pandemic are not the only challenges facing Dublin Port, which handles almost 50 per cent of Ireland’s trade. Port chief executive Eamonn O’Reilly has predicted it will reach full capacity by 2040, and so it has initiated…
ESPO Conference Regatta 2021: programme and practical information is now online. Are you ready to sail off with us? Together with Ports of Valencia, Ghent (North Sea Port) and Oslo. ESPO is ready to welcome you on May 25, 26 and the 28th for a unique event!
This year's European Sea Port Organisation's annual Conference will differ as the format involves a 'Regatta' crossing Europe from South to North. The Conference Regatta sets sail in the Port of Valencia on Tuesday 25 May. From there onwards it…
Brexit and the deal struck by the UK Government means physical checks are required on certain goods entering the UK from the EU. Above freight-check in kiosks (Irish Ferries and Stena Line) at the Port of Holyhead.
The ferry port of Holyhead has been confirmed by the Welsh Government for the site of a planned new Border Control Post (BCP). Physical checks are required on certain goods entering the UK from the EU due to Brexit and the…
Howth Dredging - It is proposed to reuse the dredged material to create an area for the public realm on the west side of Howth's West Pier.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), the harbour authority for Howth Harbour Fishery Centre in North County Dublin, is proposing to dredge seabed material from within the harbour to provide better water access to the fishing, leisure,…
Warrenpoint Port allocated funding for infrastructure works
Warrenpoint Harbour Authority has been allocated £1.5m by Nichola Mallon, Northern Ireland's Minister for Infrastructure. The funding will allow the Co.Down authority to take forward a programme of port infrastructure works. Minister Mallon said: “The Harbour Authority has identified a…
Roundstone Harbour in County Galway
Irish Water has defended its location of a new wastewater treatment for the Connemara village of Roundstone amid local fears it will perpetuate pollution of the inner bay. As The Times Ireland edition reports, Irish Water is seeking to purchase…
The currach made by artist Mark Redden in Barcelona for St Patrick's Day.
 An Irish currach made entirely from recycled and salvaged material is to be launched by artist and boatbuilder Mark Redden in Barcelona, Spain on St Patrick’s Day. As The Times Ireland reports today, “Saoirse” has been built over the past…
The gleoiteog Manuela has been decorated with lights by Bádóirí an Cladaig, the city association dedicated to training and restoration of the traditional craft
St Patrick’s festival is being marked with an illuminated gleoiteog in Galway’s Claddagh basin this week. The gleoiteog Manuela has been decorated with lights by Bádóirí an Cladaig, the city association dedicated to training and restoration of the traditional craft.…
The proposed facilities for ferry docking and the river deepening will open up tourism and marine leisure commercial activities
Bray can once again become a proud harbour town with the €7.1m of Urban Regional Development Funding for the rejuvenation of Bray Harbour and the surrounding area. of Urban Regional Development Funding for the rejuvenation of Bray Harbour and the surrounding…
WIORA racing at the Aran Islands first ever staging of the championships in 2017
The 2023 West of Ireland Offshore Racing (WIORA) Championships will be sailed at Kilronan Harbour on Inismor, following a vote at the WIORA AGM last week. Galway Bay Sailing Club with Cuman Seoltoireacht Kilronan as well as Foynes Yacht Club…
Dublin Port's South Bank Quay & Berths 46 - 47
For the past couple of weeks, Dublin Port has been taking its social media followers through the different areas of the capital's Port. The latest is a bird's eye view of Dublin's South Bank Quay. (see vid below) As seen…
Blacksod Lighthouse in County Mayo
Facebook Videographer Ronan Kelly's tour of Blacksod lighthouse in County Mayo includes an interview with keeper Vincent Sweeney who reveals a special connection with the lighthouse, his mother and the D-Day landings.  Kelly, who travels around Ireland by bike and gathers…

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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