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H&W Group have announced their 2022 investors' events programme. Above at Belfast, one of the group's four shipyard sites, a team welcomed its first vessel this year when in January, Afloat adds ICG's/ Irish Ferries cruiseferry Ulysses was dry-docked during annual routine work which takes place in the quieter winter season.
Harland & Wolff Group is aiming to update investors and financial professionals on their progress and outlook for the future, with the announcement of sharing their 2022 investor events programme which will be held across all the group's four shipyard…
Completion in Scotland of the first of two long-delayed CalMac ferries by the revised date of September will be “challenging”, with Covid cases likely to cause “significant” disruption this month. The first newbuild, Glen Sannox on the Clyde last month at the Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow.
The completion of the first of two long-delayed CalMac ferries by the shipyard's revised date of September will be “challenging”, with Covid cases likely to cause “significant” disruption this month, a Ferguson Marine chief has told MSPs. The Port Glasgow…
Shipyard of H&W with the famous iconic Samson and Goliath cranes that are landmarks in Belfast Harbour and the city.
The famous Harland and Wolff shipyard cranes of Samson and Goliath in Belfast were insured for £9 million in 1976 — the equivalent of £60 million today. A company memo in February that year revealed the insurance policy, at an…
The turnaround boss of Ferguson Marine,Clydeside, leaves before delayed Calmac pair of ferries are completed.
The boss brought in to turn around the fortunes of the nationalised Scottish shipyard building the delayed CalMac ferries is leaving his post. Tim Hair has earned almost £1.3m for 454 days’ work since being appointed to lead Ferguson Marine by…
Arklow Cloud during an earlier phase of modular block construction as can be seen the upper superstructure /deckhouse's positioning at Ferus Smit's shipyard in the Netherlands, from where today the newbuild presented a spectular amidships launch into the ‘Winschoterdiep’ canal. See link below for video.
Despite dull skies, a spectacular launch took place at a Dutch shipyard this morning of Arklow Shipping's latest newbuild which increases the fleet total to 58 cargoships, writes Jehan Ashmore The single-hold newbuild Arklow Cloud, a name used for the…
Co. Wexford where Rosslare Europort is set for an investment in the region of €90m through the Brexit Adjustment Reserve
Wexford People reports, that Rosslare Europort is set to see a substantial investment rumoured to be in the region of €90 million through the Brexit Adjustment Reserve. A total of €1 billion in EU funding was allocated to Ireland as…
People can have either a professional antigen test 48 hours ahead, or a PCR test 72 hours earlier. Above a ferry off the quayside of Dublin Port's main passenger terminal (No.1).
The Cabinet has agreed that people arriving at Irish ports and airports will need a negative Covid-19 test from Friday. Travellers can have either a professional antigen test taken a maximum of 48 hours prior to arrival, or a PCR…
Rosslare's Record: European trade volumes are up close 400% in the first nine months of 2021, according to Rosslare Europort, where above AFLOAT highlights Brittany Ferries maiden arrival of Contentin (Sat. 13 Nov) having opened the new route linking Le Havre and the Irish port.
On Saturday, 13 November, it was a record day at Rosslare Europort, says Glenn Carr. Over the course of the day, almost 1,000 units of freight travelled through the ferry hub, according to the port’s general manager, making it one…
The IMDO has published its latest quarterly report on Unitised Traffic for the period Q3 of 2021 outlining the shipping sectors modes with some examples as seen above in this port scene.
The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) has published its Unitised Traffic Report for Q3 of 2021 and below is an Executive Summary. A full report of the various shipping sectors modes is available to download by clicking the attachment link…
Port Láirge, the Port of Waterford’s new pilot vessel, was delivered today by Safehaven Marine
Earlier today (Friday 19 November) the Port of Waterford received its new pilot vessel from Cork’s Safehaven Marine. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the port invested some €1 million in the 15m Interceptor 48 named Port Láirge, the Irish for…
New ship-recycling facility on Clydeside to take shape in Inverclyde, at the Inchgreen Dry-Dock, one of Europe’s largest such facilities. This is where the former Cunard Lines 'QE2' cruise liner was fitted out at the dock in the late 1960s after its launch from the Clydeside based John Brown shipyard.
On Clydeside, Scotland is where a long-term deal at the Inchgreen Dry Dock at Inverclyde, has been signed that will create around 100 jobs as an export hub for responsible decommissioning of global shipping fleets. North-East England based ATLAS Decommissioning,…
British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson Visiting Harland & Wolff (Appledore). L-R: John Wood (Harland & Wolff Group CEO), Boris Johnson (Prime Minister), Clifford Edwards (Maintenance Manager)
Harland & Wolff, the iconic shipyard with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree, is delighted to announce it has signed a framework agreement with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) for the haul-out, repairs, maintenance, refurbishment and…
Rosslare Europort welcomes Brittany Ferries new weekly direct freight service to the port of Le Havre, France. To start next week, which will bring to 30 direct services between the Irish Port and mainland Europe weekly. The news comes as the south-east Irish port delivered a 55% increase in freight traffic year to date in 2021. In additon the Europort reveals details of its Masterplan.
Rosslare Europort has welcomed the announcement by Brittany Ferries of a new weekly direct (freight) service between Rosslare Europort and Le Havre, France.  The announcement comes as Rosslare Europort (operated by Irish Rail) delivers a 55% increase in freight traffic…
Green Maritime Survey: The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) Chief Executive Tom Chant has said in their UK survey that showed businesses are taking action ‘right here and now’ and there is ‘enormous desire and passion’ in the industry to support net zero ambitions.
A UK trade body, representing Britain’s shipbuilding, maritime engineering and science sectors, is reporting a big increase in the number of companies embracing the decarbonisation agenda. The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) is issuing the findings of its ‘Green Maritime…
Afloat adds a recent client to H&W shipyard was Dorset Spirt at the facilities Belfast Building Dock but following inspection has since departed at the weekend. The Canadian flagged crude oil tanker of 148,150dwt built in 2018 departed Belfast Lough and Afloat has tracked this morning offshore north-west of Co. Donegal and bound for Conception Bay, Chile. The tanker has a draught reported to be 9.4m, a length overall (LOA) of 279.04m and a width of 49.04m.
Harland & Wolff have reported widened losses after it took on new manufacturing sites and more than trebled its workforce, but the shipbuilder and energy manufacturer believes that it must make such investment now to reap the rewards in future.…
Port authorities have joined together through the Irish Ports Safety Forum to host the first Irish Port Safety Week from today, Monday 1st November 2021.
Throughout Ireland Port authorities have joined together through the Irish Ports Safety Forum to host the first Irish Port Safety Week from November 1st to 5th 2021. As Dundalk Democrat reports, the authorities have come together to ensure to highlight…

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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