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First of Two Ferries Loaded in Galway
In a third attempt to load two fast-ferries bound for Mauritius, one of the vessel's has so far been successfully positioned onboard the cargoship in Galway dock, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Clann na nOileáin was first loaded onboard this morning…
Fine Weather Prevails for Kinsale Sailing League
The weather gods continue to simile on competitors and organisers alike,on what has been a very calm and on the whole, enjoyable spring sailing series off Kinsale thus far writes Keith O Riordan. The third round of The Kinsale Yacht…
Former US Navy Fast-Craft Re-opens Seasonal Dublin Route
A former US Navy vessel USS Joint Venture (HSV-XI) is set to return for a second season operating Douglas-Dublin Port sailings this Friday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The first sailing of the year from the Isle of Man sees the use…
Ulysses Celebrates 10 Years of Irish Sea Service
The flagship of the Irish Ferries fleet Ulysses celebrates her 10th anniversary on the Dublin-Holyhead port route, writes Jehan Ashmore. At 50,938 gross tonnes, the cruiseferry which has space for 1,875 passengers and 1,342 vehicles, remains the largest ferry operating…
Foynes Yacht Flotilla Set Sail for Riverfest
Foynes Yacht Club members will be sailing to Limerick City on Saturday, April 30 to participate in the 2011 Riverfest, which the people of the city celebrate every year. The flotilla consisting of 15 vessels will leave Foynes at 2pm…
Hot site in Cork Harbour
As Cork Harbour yachts cross tacks along the Cobh shoreline, passing the naval dockyard at Haulbowline, how many realise they are cruising past one of Ireland's environmental hot potatoes? Haulbowline island is making headlines because of cancer-causing residue, left over…
Cork's Cruiseship's Call Schedule 2011
This year a total of 54 cruiseships and over 100,000 passengers are to disembark in Cork Harbour, mostly at the Cobh Cruise Terminal, writes Jehan Ashmore. The inaugural call for this season was made last Monday by Cunard Line's Queen…
Wexford Lighthouse Could Be a Dream Home
A private lighthouse overlooking Waterford Harbour will be up for auction in June valued at €345,000. The Duncannon north lighthouse - some 20km from New Ross, Co Wexford - is thought to be one of the only privately-owned lighthouses still…
'Three Months to Clean Up Haulbowline' Says Europe
The Government has three months to start cleaning the toxic waste site in Haulbowline or risk court action by the European Commission, the Irish Examiner reports. The site at the former Irish Steel plant contains an estimated 500,000 tonnes of…
Midleton Pupils Take Top Prize in Port of Cork Schools Initiative
The winners of the 2011 Port of Cork Schools Initiative have been announced. St John the Baptist National School in Midleton took the prize for best project in this year's contest, with the theme of ‘Making Cork Harbour a Green…
Irish Authorities Approve Stena / DFDS Merger
The €40m acquisition of DFDS Seaways by Stena AB through its subsidiary Stena Line (UK) Ltd last December has been approved by the Irish regulatory authority, though its UK counterpart awaits a decision, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Irish Competition Authority's…
Ongoing Ferry Saga As Cargoship is Detained
In a third attempt to load two former Aran Islands ferries at Galway yesterday, operations took on a new twist as the cargoship chartered in to transport them was detained according to a report in todays Irish Times. The Thor…
Expansion Is The Only Way Says Dublin Port Chief
Trade at Dublin Port is set to more than double over the next 30 years, according to its chief executive Eamonn O'Reilly. In an interview with The Irish Times last week, O'Reilly elaborated on the new 'master plan' for the…
Irish Ports See Volume Growth in 2010 with Slower Recovery Forecast for 2011
After the record collapse of shipping volumes in 2009, the Irish Ports and Shipping sector saw a return to growth across most of the principle segments last year, according to the latest annual edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist,…
Impressive Views from Dublin and Cork Waterfront Properties
The best days for property may well be behind us but as always waterfront homes still seem capable of commanding good prices. Here's two examples from either end of the the country. The first is a holiday home named 'Dun…
Cargoship to Attempt Second Ferry-Lift
The heavy lift cargoship Thor Gitta is due to make a second attempt to load two former Aran Islands fast ferries in Galway Docks tomorrow morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. It is envisaged that the operation to hoist the sisters, Clann…

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.

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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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