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First look - On the bridge: Adam Kelso (left) has been promoted master of ropax Ben-my-Chree, which is seen berthed at Douglas Harbour. To mark the occasion alongside King Edward VII pier is the IOMSPC Managing Director Brian Thomson
The Isle of Man Steam Packet has promoted Adam Kelso to the rank of Master of the ropax ferry Ben-my-Chree, which has 1,235 freight lane metres and a passenger capacity of 630 passengers. Adam, born and raised on the Isle…
Launching the RNLI Union Hall inshore lifeboat
Union Hall RNLI  was paged by Valentia Coast Guard and launched at 3.17 pm on Monday (8th August) to reports of an overdue boat, that had left Ring pier, at 10 am with one person onboard. Launching in flat calm conditions…
Strike-action: Workers at the Port of Felixstowe, the UK's biggest container port are to strike later this month. As Afloat reported earlier this year, a 'feeder' containership, Anna G that following lengthy repairs in Dun Laoghaire, sailed to the North Sea port on the Suffolk coast which passed the 100m TEU mark since it handled its first container in the 1960s
At the UK's biggest container port in Felixstowe, workers are to strike for eight days in a dispute over pay. Around 1,900 members of the union, Unite will walk out on 21 August after rejecting a 7% pay offer from…
Port Places - The ‘Creative Connections’ exhibition is to be held in EPIC’s Liffey Corner gallery space
The histories, life and culture of five port towns in Ireland and Wales as Afloat previously reported, will feature in a film and exhibition in Dublin during Heritage Week 2022. These events have been produced by Aberystwyth University and the…
Ageing Isles fleet: MV Hebrides, one of CalMac’s oldest ferries was taken out of service for a third time last week, which led residents on some Scottish western isles being restricted to just one carton of milk and one loaf of bread
On several Scottish western islands, shops have been forced to ration essential items due to widespread ferry cancellations due to a broken-down vessel, reports The National. Residents have complained of food shortages imposed by local shops with islanders restricted to…
An upgrading to the Port of Galway could potentially be used as a navy base, has  suggested a West of Ireland MEP
An upgraded Port of Galway could potentially be used as a navy base, says a West of Ireland MEP. Midlands-North-West MEP Colm Markey, who sits on the European Parliament's Transport Committee, spoke in light of last month's report from the…
The RNLI lifeboat and the yacht arrive into Courtmacsherry Harbour entrance
The Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat Station was alerted this evening, (Sunday, August 7th) at 7.30 pm by the Valentia Coast Guard Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, that a 48-foot yacht had got into difficulties 4.5 miles off the Seven Heads coastline near…
Bruce Douglas’s J133 Spirit of Jacana
Three Belfast Lough yachts had great results at West Highland Week, which ended on Friday last, two from Carrickfergus Sailing Club on the north shore and another from Royal Ulster Yacht Club on the opposite side. The best result came…
Stephen Lysaght’s Reavra Two is winning in White Sails mode at Kinsale Yacht Club
Stephen Lysaght’s Reavra Two topped the 'TGIF' Mid Summer White Sails cruisers league series in IRC 1 fleet at Kinsale Yacht Club, sponsored by A J O’Brien Solicitors, with 11 points after six races. Second was John Whelan’s Wheels on 13…
Kieran Collins’ Coracle IV, an Olson 30
Kieran Collins’ Coracle IV, an Olson 30, won the July Thursday League IRC spinnaker division at the Royal Cork with a hat-trick of first places for a total of three points overall. Second was the Sunfast 32, BAD COMPANY (Desmond/Ivers/Keane),…
Elements of the floating pontoon being prepared for Cheekpoint at Inland and Coastal Marina Systems in Banagher
Work will commence in the coming weeks on a new floating pontoon at Cheekpoint harbour in Co Waterford. It comes a year after the Cheekpoint Boat Owners Association received planning permission for the 63-metre pontoon, which is being supplied by…
File image of the port at Chornomorsk in Odessa
Three shipments of grain from Ukraine departed from Odessa on Friday (5 August) with one bound for two ports in Ireland. The bulk carrier Navi Star is bringing 33,000 metric tonnes of grain destined for use as animal feed to…
Galway City Council has imposed a ban on swimming at two beaches due to E.coli contamination. The bacterial contamination was detected during tests at Grattan beach in Lower Salthill and Ballyloughane beach on the city's east side near Renmore. The…
Dan O'Grady's Cape 31 Aja from Howth competing in Calves Week 2022
The weather gods were partially kind to Schull on Friday with a fickle north westerly wind of 4 to 15 knots and intermittent sunshine on the final day of Calves Week 2022. Once again, all seven fleets had an in-harbour start…
Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat
Two back-to-back shouts on Thursday evening (4 August) for the volunteers of Crosshaven RNLI lifeboat in Cork Harbour. The first tasking came at 4.15 pm and the crew launched to a report of a ‘raft” with persons onboard drifting between…
Biggest cruise caller, as locals line the quayside at Warrenpoint where the cruiseship, Azamara Pursuit made a first call to the Co. Down port this morning
The largest ever cruiseship to visit Warrenpoint Port, Azamara Pursuit at 180m in length, was observed by locals lining the quayside as the ship headed up Carlingford Lough this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore Measuring 30,277 in gross tonnage, the cruiseship…

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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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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