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Boss of CMAL Kevin Hobbs said 'catastrophic failure' saw money 'effectively wasted' on mistakes on (CalMac) ferry pair been built at a Scottish shipyard. CMAL (Afloat adds) owns the ferries, ports, harbours and infrastructure for the ferry services serving the west coast of Scotland, the Firth of Clyde and the Northern Isles.
From the outset mistakes made in the construction of two ferries delayed by over five years saw money “effectively wasted” on rebuilding units, the chief executive officer of Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) said. Kevin Hobbs claimed that the issues…
Rosslare Europort: EU funding to improve rail and road links with the busy south-east ferryport
Irish Rail (Iarnród Eireann) has announced the purchase of an 18-acre site in Rosslare Europort to support the future growth of the (ferry)harbour which has seen a significant increase in traffic and new routes. The company also revealed that it…
A multimodal freight train at Belview Port in Waterford
Irish Rail has been awarded €2.5 million for supporting studies for the development of a rail freight system connecting Ireland’s busiest seaports and establishing transfer points for freight between rail and road. It’s one of a number of projects to…
Newbuild Manxman was floated out of drydock at around 08.30am (Korean time) on 14th June and taken by tugs to an outfitting berth where internal works will continue including electrical works, commissioning of machinery and equipment and interior outfitting.  This main Isle of Man ferry is due for delivery in 2023.
The new Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's ferry has reached the completion phase of dry-building at an Asian shipyard with the company celebrating this key event of the Manxman's construction process.   Despite the extreme challenges posed by the global COVID-19…
Irish debut: Finnlines is to open their new freight route of Rosslare Europort-Zeebrugge which is to launch in July. The Finnlines Group is a major shipping operator of ro-ro and passenger services in the Baltic, North Sea & Bay of Biscay.
As previously speculated, Finnlines is to open a new freight route of Rosslare Europort-Zeebrugge with the Belgium link also offering a new connection between Ireland and the Nordic nation. On 23 July, Finnlines will launch the new service linking Ireland…
Ship Splash as C class coaster Arklow Cove took to the water with a launch at the weekend. The newbuild will join fleetmates that trade in cargoes among them grain.
At the weekend Arklow Cove was launched from a Dutch shipyard that now brings to the ninth newbuild of 10 'C' class coasters on order by the Co. Wickow shipowner, writes Jehan Ashmore. The sideways launch of Arklow Cove at…
Plans for Bristol's Albion Dockyard, where a new world-class maritime education attraction and working shipyard is to based next to the SS Great Britain.  The centrepiece will recreate PS Great Western, built in Bristol by Brunel – the world’s first transatlantic ocean liner.
The Bristol based SS Great Britain which is run by a trust has announced a £20m plan to build another replica of a Brunel vessel. As BBC News reports the project will see regeneration of Bristol's historic Albion Dockyard, complete…
Harland & Wolff have acquired the former Royal Navy 'Hunt' class mine hunter, HMS Atherstone which H&W believe will significantly de-risk the M55 regeneration programme
Harland & Wolff shipyard has acquired the former UK Royal Navy HMS Atherstone from the Ministry of Defence (MOD). HMS Atherstone was launched in 1986 as the Hunt-class Mine Counter-Measures Vessel (MCMV), that is no longer in service. The acquisition…
Finnlines are set to operate a new twice weekly freight service betweem Rosslare Europort to Zeebrugge in Belgium from July.
Activity at Rosslare Europort which has exploded post-Brexit is continuing in earnest with yet another new route set to be announced for the Wexford ferry port. According to Wexford People, it’s been reported that Finnlines are now set to operate…
Harland & Wolff awarded an initial contract worth approximately £8.5m with Cory for 11 barges to transport London’s recyclable and non-recyclable waste on the River Thames. Afloat adds that Cory receives around 750,000 tonnes of non-recyclable black bag waste a year, enough to fill St Paul’s Cathedral 12 times! which goes to Cory's four riverside waste transfer stations.
Shipyard group Harland & Wolff has been awarded an initial contract worth approximately £8.5m with Cory for the fabrication of eleven barges to transport London’s recyclable and non-recyclable waste on the River Thames. Fabrication will take place at Harland &…
Greenore Port has sees an increase in number of arrivals with an above bulk-carrier on Carlingford Lough
On Carlingford Lough is Greenore Port which has seen a 31% increase in the number of vessels arriving to the port between 2019 and 2021, with the gross tonnage increasing by a quarter, according to the latest Central Statistics Office…
Dublin Port accounted for 61% of all vessel arrivals in Irish ports last year, new CSO figures show
New Central Statistics Office figures show that the number of vessels arriving in Irish ports last year rose by 7% on 2020 levels. The gross tonnage of all arriving vessels in 2021 also increased by 7%, the CSO said. Irish…
The new owner of Belfast’s Harland & Wolff shipyard has said its business is improving after announcing a pre-tax loss of £25.5m for its latest reporting period. Above AFLOAT adds in recent weeks was the double dry-docking of Northern Lighthouse Board's NLV Pharos seen sharing the Belfast Dry-Dock with Stena Horizon, a ropax that serves Stena's Rosslare-Cherbourg route.
The shipyard owner of Belfast's Harland & Wolff has said its business is improving after announcing a pre-tax loss of £25.5 million for its latest reporting period. Infrastrata PLC, which bought the company out of administration in late 2019, officially…
The Irish Maritime Transport Economist, Volume 19 cover
The 19th and latest edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist, a report produced by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) on Ireland’s maritime freight industry, has been published today (Monday 23 May) and makes for encouraging reading for the…
A second rail-freight service linking Ballina, Co. Mayo and the Port of Waterford is to start in June.
A weekly container train between Ballina and Belview Port, Waterford in July 2021 was launched by XPO Logistics for onward shipping connections to mainland Europe. Loadings on the new service reports Multimodal UK, were initially a little sporadic due to…
Optima Seaways has returned to the Rosslare-Dunkerque route having launched in 2021 the 'Brexit' bypass alternative for freight hauliers on the direct link between Ireland and mainland Europe.
Danish operator DFDS has confirmed that a third freight ferry last week joined its Rosslare Europort – Dunkerque fleet as Afloat previously referred, with the first departure from the northern France port on Wednesday 11th May. The Rosslare – Dunkerque…

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.

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