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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…
Inis Saimer and its Victorian-era residence are now on the market
A private residential island in Co Donegal is now on the market and could be the perfect getaway for those seeking a life of peace and tranquility — without stepping too far away from it all. Former Glory has details…
Dublin Port's iconic Crane 292 is illuminated in green
Dublin Port has illuminated its iconic landmarks for the launch of St. Patrick's Festival Ireland 2021 According to organisers, as part of St. Patrick’s Festival 2021, "the national colour will light up Dublin and Ireland as a symbol of our…
Royal Cork's Alex Barry and children out for a spin in a small motorboat in Cork Harbour
The oldest yacht club in the world has noted an increase of interest amongst members in motorboating. The Royal Cork Yacht Club at Crosshaven held a webinar in response to the interest of members in using motorboats to access areas…
IEA largely welcomes the UK Government's decision to delay the post-Brexit checks on EU goods coming into Great Britain by six months.
This afternoon the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) has largely welcomed the announcement by the UK Government to delay the post-Brexit checks on EU goods coming into Great Britain by six months. The delay, which was announced by Michael Gove MP,…
Arklow Vanguard arriving to Wicklow Port today - on what is a rare call by an ASL to the east coast port. The Dutch flagged vessel had sailed across the Celtic Sea from Avonmouth Docks on the Bristol Channel.
Before signing off for Afloat's report on RV Celtic Voyager's Dun Laoghaire call and bad weather forecast for Wicklow Head, this led to tracking an Arklow Shipping cargoship on a rare call bound to the nearby port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…
A Holyhead-Northern Ireland direct ferry route? AFLOAT adds that under Sealink/British Rail era, Holyhead served both Belfast and Dublin (albeit based on Lo-Lo container routes).  Above rival operators Irish Ferries cruiseferry Ulysses and Stena Line's also Dublin serving Stena Adventurer seen departing the north Wales port.
Direct Holyhead-Northern Ireland ferry route and an investment in the A55 are under consideration in the UK-wide transport infrastructure review. North Wales Live reported on rail links in north Wales with England being on the initial Union Connectivity Review priority…
Stena Horizon maintains both Dublin-Holyhead (where as seen) and at weekends the Dublin-Cherbourg route. While larger E-Flexer class Stena Estrid serves Rosslare-Cherbourg along with a freight-only ferry on Bypass-Brexit Ireland direct services to mainland Europe.
Afloat has noted Stena Line's new Dublin-Cherbourg route launched in January, has not been operating on a regular basis by the inaugural 'E-Flexer' class ferry, in particular to sailings last month, writes Jehan Ashmore. The operator's first route connecting the…
Irish Ferries' car carryings during 2020 were down by 65.8% to 137,100 cars. Above Ulysses on Dublin Bay, AFLOAT adds during its delivery voyage /maiden arrival to Dublin Port on 4th March 2001. This month also marks its 20th year operating on the core Irish Sea route of Dublin-Holyhead. The custom Finnish built cruiseferry, has recently returned to service following a routine overhaul dry-docking at Cammell Laird, Birkenhead on Merseyside. Taking its place was W.B.Yeats which has since resumed Dublin-Cherbourg duties.
Irish Ferries, owned by the Irish Continental Group, has reported lower revenues and earnings for 2020 due to Covid-19 travel restrictions on its passenger business. Irish Continental Group said its revenues for the year fell by 22.5% to €277.1m from…
The ESPO Award 2021 will reward ports for their contribution to the recovery and prosperity of the local community. Submissions to be sent before 1st July. Make your efforts known by participating in this 13th edition. Above linking communities in a city port setting.
This year's European Sea Ports Organisation Award will go to the port managing body that proves to play a special role in the recovery and prosperity of the city and local community. The ESPO Award on Social Integration of Ports…
Annaleena Mäkilä, ESPO Chair. the first woman to chair the organisation.  The ESPO secretariat office counts more women than men (5 to 4).
Women participating in the European Sea Ports Organisation committees has increased in 2020 compared to the last two years, when ESPO started monitoring the gender balance of its internal meetings. Taking all technical committees together, women represent 35,10% of the…
Ro-Ro freight-ferry cargo operator, CLdN responds to market demand post-Brexit with additional sailing capacity on its Irish routes to mainland Europe. Above Laureline, when introduced in 2019 became the second largest such ship following fleetmates Celine and Delphine (dubbed the Brexit-Busters) introduced the previous year on Dublin-Belgium/ Netherlands routes.
Operator CLdN having overcome the challenges of the first two months of this year in the post-Brexit era, has increased shipping capacity by the introduction of additional sailings on its Irish and UK routes. Getting a vessel back from charter…
The Dunkirk Spirit: A new weekly lo-lo service of Dunkirk-Bristol-Liverpool, operated by Containerships has begun to help move goods more quickly from mainland Europe to a post Brexit UK (via the Irish Sea) and avoid potential congestion at Calais and across the English Channel. Above file photo of a Containerships lo-lo ship the 803TEU Karen Scwepers at Dublin Port from where along with Rosslare and Cork ports, have seen sharp rise in capacity collectively (ro-ro & lo-lo) provided for hauliers to avoid the UK Landbridge. This has involved connecting Europe via France, Belgium, the Netherlands and also Spain.
The fallout of post-Brexit on Ireland saw operators rapidly expand direct freight ferry routes to mainland Europe, while a container company avoids potential English Channel port congestion having begun a new route via the Irish Sea, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…

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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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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