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Farewell to Former B+I Line Freight-Ferry
The ro-ro freight-ferry Norcape departed Dublin Port this evening for what is believed to be her last sailing operating under the colours of P&O (Irish Sea) and in which the 1979 built vessel originally served a career with B+I Line…
New Sports Centre To Provide Greater Access to Galway Bay
This weekend sees the opening of the new Galway Ocean Sports Centre, which aims to provide a home for water sports enthusiasts with access to the city and Galway Bay. The Galway City Tribune reports that the 25,000 sq ft…
Keller Leads Kinsale Radials
Following the previous two weeks of adverse weather which interrupted the league programme, the ASM Frostbite series continued at Kinsale Yacht Club on Sunday in lively sailing conditions. With the predicted South-South Westerly winds arriving on schedule for the 11.55…
Celtic's French Ferry Figures
Single-route ferry operator, Celtic Link Ferries transported 60,000 passengers, despite last year's challenging economic conditions, writes Jehan Ashmore. Of that figure, some 48,000 were tourist passengers and the balance of 12,000 accounted for freight accompanied truck-drivers on the Rosslare-Cherbourg route.…
‘Proposed’ Cork-Spain Route Remains Under Review
The Port of Cork Company has announced that it is unlikely that the proposed new ferry service to Spain will commence in March, writes Jehan Ashmore. The port authority has advised those waiting to book their holidays on the planned Cork-Gijón…
Seatruck Sailings Start on Dublin-Heysham Route
It was a Valentine's Day start for Seatruck Ferries opening of the Dublin-Heysham freight-only route, writes Jehan Ashmore. Initiating the service, the port welcomed back a familiar vessel, the chartered Anglia Seaways which only a fortnight ago had operated the…
New Ocean Centre to Open in Galway
The Galway Ocean Sports Centre will be formally launched by Éamon Ó Cuív Minister for Social Protection and Defence on Friday 18th February at 5:30pm. The centre will provide facilities for all the watersports organisations in the city and region…
Irish Sea Ferry Deal Under Review
Stena Line's acquisition of DFDS Seaways Irish Sea services in December, has now been referred to the UK's Competition Commission by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). The £40m ferry deal for two routes, Belfast-Birkenhead (run by two chartered ro-pax…
Green Party Speaks Out for Small Boat Owners in Dun Laoghaire
Ciaran Cuffe TD of the Green Party has spoken out in support of small boat owners in a submission to the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Masterplan. Cuffe, a candidate in the General Election, says the prioritisation of space within the harbour…
New Rail-Head Extension for Dublin Port
The Dublin Port Company has approved for the railway extension of the existing track tramway on Alexandra Road in order to serve one of the port's Lo-Lo container terminals, writes Jehan Ashmore. The new extension is to directly connect rail-freight…
Dun Laoghaire Plans to Welcome 'Next Generation' Liners
A new masterplan to make Dun Laoghaire a port of call for the cruise liners of the future is on the cards, according to The Irish Times. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0205/1224289077155.html Gerry Dunne, chief executive of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, said Ireland's…
Seatruck to Re-Open Dublin-Heysham Route
Seatruck Ferries is to re-open the Dublin-Heysham route following the closure by DFDS Seaways of the freight-only service last month, writes Jehan Ashmore. The first sailing of the revived route is scheduled to depart Heysham next Monday at 02.00hrs and…
Stena Purchase Former Irish Sea Ferry
The Dublin Seaways, one of the two ro-pax sisters that served DFDS Seaways Dublin-Birkenhead route, which closed down last month, has been sold to Stena Line, writes Jehan Ashmore. DFDS Seaways sold the 21,856grt vessel to Stena North Sea Line…
Trade Levels Continue to Grow for Dublin Port
Dublin Port Company today published trade statistics for 2010 which showed an increase in the port's volumes of 6.1% in 2010. Total throughput for the year was 28.1m tonnes which is less than 10% down from the port's best ever…
NATO Issue Guidelines to Prevent Piracy
A new set of guidelines to prevent the threat of pirates attacking shipping transiting the Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin and the Indian Ocean, has been launched recently on the NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) website. The products tanker Ardmore Seafarer…
Dublin Cycle Route Extension Put On Hold
The planned connection of Dublin's main coastal and canal cycling routes has been put on hold following "intensive lobbying", the Dublin Observer reports. Planning permission had already been granted by Dublin Ciy Council for the completion of the €10m project…

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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