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Reflagging ceremony on board Salamanca (and pictured) Jean Marc Roue, Cdt Christophe Bergeroux and Christophe Mathieu with the backdrop of the north Spanish port of Santander.  The E-Flexer class newbuild will serve UK-Spain routes.
Brittany Ferries newest and greenest ferry when in northern Spain at the Port of Santander saw an official raising ceremony of the French tricolor take place on board the Salamanca. (The newbuild Afloat adds follows Stena RoRo's chartered in E-Flexers) that…
The ferry Stena Estrid berthed in Dublin Port. Overall freight volumes passing through the port fell by 5 per cent as freight unit volumes with Britain declined by 214,000, while volumes with mainland EU ports rose by 158,000.
Dublin Port chief executive Eamonn O’Reilly has said that Brexit has spelled the end of the British “landbridge” transit route, as new figures show a dramatic fall in lorry traffic with British ports, reports The Irish Times. New border controls…
Tim Crookall, the Manx Infrastruture minister says it's 'very important' that the new Liverpool terminal is ready for the TT.
On Merseyside the new Liverpool ferry terminal is not expected to be open and in action until June 2023, according to Tim Crookall the Manx infrastructure minister. Monday marked two years to the day when work started on the facility…
The risks of Brexit were comprehensively mitigated and Dublin Port’s volumes are set to increase again during 2022
Dublin Port Company has today reported trading figures for the fourth quarter of 2021 and for the year as a whole.  Fourth quarter 2021 Following a surge in activity in Q4 2020, before Brexit border controls were introduced on 1st…
Thoroughbred style – the pioneering One Tonner Golden Apple is now in Denmark
We’ve become sadly inured to reports of Denis Doyle’s exquisitely-varnished Crosshaven-built Frers 51 Moonduster of 1981-vintage mouldering mossily in the harsh climate of northern Norway. So when a certain nautically-minded antiquarian bookseller of the Roughty Valley in southwest Kerry mentioned…
At the Scottish state-owned shipyard of Ferguson Marine, chairman Alistair Mackenzie who was at the centre of the ferry fiasco has stepped down
At the beleaguered Scottish state-owned shipyard company of Ferguson Marine, the chairman at the centre of the (CalMac) ferry-building fiasco has stepped down. Current chairman Alistair Mackenzie and board member John Hudson are both stepping down from their roles at…
The Port of Milford Haven has appointed Tom Sawyer as the new chief executive officer of the UK' biggest energy port located in south Wales.
In south Wales the Port of Milford Haven which is the UK’s largest energy port, has announced the appointment of ‘Tom Sawyer’ as its new chief executive officer.  Tom will officially start his position at the end of April 2022,…
Stena Line launches recruitment drive on its Irish Sea ferry routes
Stena Line has launched its first national recruitment campaign in a bid to fill up to 60 vacancies onboard its ships across its Irish Sea routes. This is the first time Stena Line has launched a major recruitment campaign of…
Stena Line and Associated British Ports (ABP) have entered into an agreement to jointly develop a new freight terminal at the Port of Immingham in the Humber region. The £100M agreement will see the Swedish ferry company operate the new…
Captain Kuba Szymanski
The Seafarers Hospital Society (SHS) has appointed Captain Kuba Szymanski as the new Chair of the board of the 200-year-old UK maritime charity, following the retirement of Peter McEwen MBE MNM.  Szymanski, who is well known to Afloat readers for…
In light of changes announced to the 2022 Manx Grand Prix schedule, the IOM Steam Packet will be assisting passengers who wish to amend existing bookings. Customers will be able to change their reservations to fit the new event schedule subject to availability. Afloat adds above motorcyclists disembark from the fast-craft Manannan in Douglas Harbour.
Ferry operator the Isle of Man Steam Packet has highlighted that in light of changes announced to the 2022 Manx Grand Prix schedule, the company is to offer support to affected passengers. The Company has confirmed that customers with existing…
Minister for Defence Simon Coveney T.D. visited Haulbowline Naval Base in Cork Harbour for an overview of the progress on the regenerated Block 8 accommodation. In addition to the remediation of Spencer Jetty which is due for completion in 2022.
Minister for Defence and Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, T.D inspected the progress on Capital Works at the Naval Service's base on Haulbowline Island, Cork Harbour. The Minister made the visit yesterday to the Haulbowline Naval Base to see first hand…
A P&O ferry berthed at Larne Port in Co Antrim.
After a year on from the EU-UK trade deal, a more permanent picture of the post-Brexit shift in trade has emerged. Figures from the Central Statistics Office, published Monday, reveal goods imports from Britain fell by more than a fifth…
The RNLI Inshore boat was tasked to a yacht on rocks just off Sandycove on Dublin Bay
The Irish Coast Guard at Dun Laoghaire Harbour along with the RNLI Inshore boat was tasked to a yacht on rocks just off Sandycove at the Forty Foot Bathing Pace on the south shore of Dublin Bay on Monday afternoon. The…
Peel Ports Group in the UK announced today that it was awarded 'Port Operator of the Year for 2021'. The group includes an Irish operation Peel Ports Dublin (MTL Terminals) which neighbours Poolbeg Y&BC, Ringsend. The container terminal provides short-sea connections with ports in Central Europe and Irish Sea as well as 'feeder' services connecting the Far East, India and South America. Above BG Ireland (on left) which previously served the terminal and the deck of P&O Ferries ropax Norbank underway from another terminal when bound for Liverpool, one of several UK ports operated by the group.
The Peel Ports Group have been awarded the accolade 'Port Operator of the Year for 2021'  after securing the most online votes, amongst those who voted, from the maritime directory’s 15,000-strong readership of professionals in the sector. The win comes…
Gaff rig leaders Stiofan O Laoire, Paul Keogh and Johnny Wedick in Poolbeg Y&BC. Paul Keogh was honoured by the international Old Gaffers Association at their AGM at the weekend with the prestigious Jolie Brise Trophy for his long years of dedicated service with the Clondalkin-built Galway Hooker Naomh Cronan
For many years until her transfer to Galway in 2021, the Clondalkin community-built Galway Hooker Naomh Cronan was a feature of sailing life in Dublin’s River Liffey at Poolbeg Y&BC in Ringsend, and she was a regular attendee at traditional…

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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