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The Naval Service has confirmed that it's had to “deep clean” one of its ships after a sailor was confirmed as having the virus. Above Afloat adds is the Haulbowline Naval Base in located in lower Corlk Harbour
Two representative associations of the militiary are seeking financial compensation for troops who are forced to leave their families two weeks prematurely to go into compulsory Covid-19 quarantine prior to deploying on overseas missions. Meanwhile, the Naval Service has confirmed…
Seafarers' (Covid-19) Rights: An international maritime summit which was a first for the UK in regards to addressing the impact of COVID-19 on crew changes and more issues that challenge seafarers globally was held in London last week. ABOVE AFLOAT's photo of tug Irishman (40 ton bollard pull) assisting cruiseship Marco Polo (with an international crew) depart the lock system at Port of Hull, England into the Humber estuary leading into the North Sea. The cruiseship was also a regular to Irish waters. According to Marco Polo's operator, Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) have stated due to the continued escalation of the global pandemic outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus, Government advisories in force and the lockdown of many countries and ports around the world, we CMV has taken the decision to suspend all our cruises up to 25th August 2020. As for the Irish authorities, they advise against all non-essential travel overseas until further notice. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship.
Seafarers worldwide will get enhanced rights as key workers following a joint commitment made at the International Maritime Summit held in London last week. UK holds first international maritime summit to address impact of COVID-19 on crew changes international recognition…
Coastguard and lifeboat crews attending the scene at the Forty Foot yesterday
Dun Laoghaire’s coastguard unit was tasked yesterday (Sunday 12 July) to assist paramedics with a casualty who had fallen down steps at the Forty Foot bathing spot. Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was also in attendance at the scene, where…
Isle of Man Steam Packet introduce more regular sailings served by the Manx operator's main ferry Ben-My-Chree seen in Douglas Harbour
Ferry sailings to and from the Isle of Man have been updated as the Manx government announced it's easing travel restrictions. As Manx Radio reported, Chief Minister Howard Quayle announced yesterday the Isle of Man is moving from stage five…
Busy times in the great days of sail at the entrance to Dun Laoghaire (Kingstown) Harbour in a fresh to strong east sou’east wind, as painted by Admiral Richard Brydges Beechey, with a working cutter towing a hobblers’ boat entering as two yachts leave, while a stately naval man o’ war comes down the harbour, setting sail as she goes.
Dublin Bay Old Gaffers Association invites you to join their next Zoom session on Historic Dublin Bay Gaff Rigged Vessels from Maritime Paintings and Photographs, which will be given by Cormac Lowth on Thursday 16th July. Dublin’s leading maritime historian…
Racing underway at Cove Sailing Club
The first cruiser race of the Cove Sailing Club season was started from the brand new Cove Marina in Cork Harbour on Friday, July 10. Cove Race Officer Brian Curtis got 12 boats away using the marina and the flagstaff at…
Mid & East Antrim Borough Council welcomes £600m investment in eco-friendly power station AFLOAT (photo) adds at Kilroot on the northern shore of Belfast Lough where the plant's jetty as previously reported is supplied with coal to fuel the plant by ship having loaded in nearby Belfast Harbour. This afternoon the cargoship, MV Jolanta (as above) is berthed at Kilroot Jetty after a 'lough' only passage of merely 10 nautical miles (approx) and taking around 45 minutes duration.
Owners of Kilroot power station near Carrickfergus on Belfast Lough are planning a £600m investment to increase lower carbon generation at the site. As BBC News reports, it includes an existing plan to convert Kilroot from coal-fired to gas-fired. (See…
There were no cruise ship calls to Dublin Port (except one AFLOAT adds one in March) in the second three months and none is anticipated for the remainder of the year. Above AFLOAT's photo of Irish Ferries chartered-in ropax Epsilon which operates the core short-sea route to Holyhead. Seen underway is Seatruck Ferries freight-ship Seatruck Pace which served Heysham and currently Liverpool. Both vessels have featured down the years in Afloat's 'Ferry Captain Interview's'
Volume of goods passing through Dublin Port were almost 11% down for the first six months of this year, according to figures from the Dublin Port Company. Overall port tonnage, reports RTE News, was 10.9% lower than in the same…
Dublin Port
DocksTheFuture, the European Commission-funded project aimed at defining the vision for the ports of the future in 2030, has announced the launch of a ‘Network of Excellence’. The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) represents Irish ports in this network with…
Royal North Of Ireland cadets launch for sailing lessons on Belfast Lough
Cadet Summer Sailing at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club on Belfast Lough is proving popular with much interest in the scheme which starts on Monday next (13th July). Rear Commodore Sailing Jonny Millar, Cadet Officers John Driscoll and…
Newbuilds pictorial: Arklow Archer, the latest of a new 'A' class series of bulk orientated dry-cargo vessels for the Irish owners Arklow Shipping. At the ship's launch the customary gathering of the public to view the spectacle was not an option due to Covid-19 health restrictions. Also depicted beneath is another newbuild the W' class Arklow Wood.
Afloat has tracked the newest Arklow Shipping 'A' class newbuild cargoship Arklow Archer which is currently under tow on a canal from a Dutch inland shipyard to a North Sea port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The newbuild Arklow Archer is a…
FunDay Fridays at Bangor Marina
Last Friday was the first of July’s FunDay Fridays on Belfast Lough, a three-way collaboration between Bangor Marina, SUP HubNI and Citizen Sea who are together providing a fabulously educational and active two-hour session where all the children will have…
The Welsh capital of Cardiff where the port has welcomed a new contract with a global energy company that will assist in fueling the economy of the city and the wider region
The Welsh capital of Cardiff is where its port celebrated the start of a new contract with Valero, a global refiner specialising in the manufacture of transportation fuels and petrochemical products. The development will help power the economy of the…
St. Michael's coastal rowers are back on the water at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
With the clinking of oars and the rhythmic movement of the traditional skiff gliding through the water – St Michael’s Rowing Club of Dún Laoghaire are now back out on the water enjoying their first row of the season on…
Kevin Baird (Bangor Marina Manager and Harbour Master) with the Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Trevor Cummings
The Ards and North Down coastal area has done well by winning awards for excellence in facilities, environmental management, environmental education, accessibility and safety. Bangor Marina has been awarded the internationally renowned Blue Flag for the 2020 season. The Blue…
Sailors rounding Fastnet Rock
The Notice of Race for the 2020 SCORA Fastnet Race, sponsored by UK Sailmakers Ireland, is now available to download. No class divisions apply in this all-in IRC race, which sets off from the Kinsale Yacht Club’s Charles Fort Line…

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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