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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…
Boost for Brittany Ferries as more French holidays makers choose to visit Ireland through the Port of Cork (above Armorique arriving off Cobh) and Rosslare Harbour
Operator Brittany Ferries has announced that this year's bookings, in and out of Cork and Rosslare, are up by 44 per cent on figures for 2019, the last ‘normal’ year before Covid disrupted travel and holiday plans. The company's Irish…
Dick Welsh is set to become the new Isle of Man Commissioner (Non-Executive Director) of the Northern Lighthouse Board.
Dick Welsh has been appointed as the new Isle of Man Commissioner (Non-Executive Director) of the Northern Lighthouse Board, the General Lighthouse Authority responsible for Scotland and Manx waters. Mr Welsh, who received an MBE in the January 2020 Honours…
Kinsale YC Commodore Matthias Hellstern, Vice Commodore, Anthony Scannell who takes up the role as Regatta Director for the 2023 Sovereign’s Cup and Hon Sailing Secretary, Michele Kennelly
Kinsale Yacht Club has announced its Vice Commodore Anthony Scannell as the Regatta Director for the 2023 Sovereign’s Cup. The regatta will take place from 21st to 24th June 2023. "The club is very much looking forward to returning to…
Master mariner Capt Robert McCabe
Master mariner Capt Robert McCabe has been appointed to chair the Government’s first seafood/offshore renewable energy working group. The two-year appointment was confirmed by Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien. Delays in establishing the working group had…
ESPO Secretary-General Isabelle Ryckbost and Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan
At a meeting between the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and global trade association Interferry, a common work programme was agreed to promote an environmentally sustainable future for the European ferry business through the provision and use of onshore power…
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…
“Let’s hear it for Wales!” Lou Boorman (19) left, with crew Elin Jones, will be the youngest skipper in Sunday’s start at Plymouth of the Round Britain & Ireland Race, with the first stop at Galway.
First raced in 1966, the four-yearly multi-stage 2000-mile Round Britain & Ireland Race - sailed clockwise from the Royal Western Yacht Club in Plymouth - has always featured an Irish stopover. But this coming weekend, when the fleet starts westward…
Traffic on direct routes between Irish ports and mainland Europe rose 94 per cent last year, driven largely by reduced use of the ‘landbridge’ route across Britain with continental Europe.
Traffic from lorry freight on ferries with British ports dropped 22 per cent last year due to new post-Brexit checks on EU-UK trade, a report from the Irish Maritime Development Office has found. The Government agency that promotes Irish shipping…
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…
Super visitor - the 40-metre superyacht Phoenix at her berth in  Dun Laoghaire Marina on Dublin Bay
The 40-metre superyacht Phoenix arrived in Dun Laoghaire Marina on Monday, one of the first such visitors to Ireland's largest marina this season.  The brand new motor yacht was built in Italy by Benetti and delivered to her owners in…
Cop26 called for six green shipping corridors and the Dover-Calais/English Channel ferry routes are seen as the obvious place to start. Rivals sign up for changes ‘by middle of decade’. Above Irish Ferries recently introduced Isle of Inishfree enters the Kent port.
A radical and ambitious proposal to turn the Dover Strait green and to allow only fully electric ferries on the short-sea English Channel crossing will be put to the government today. The plan is for the routes between Dover and…
Francis O’Grady wrote there were three separate legal grounds for disqualifying P&O Ferries CEO Peter Hebblethwaite and his fellow directors.
In the UK, the head of the Trades Union Congress has written to the Insolvency Service calling for it to disqualify the directors of P&O Ferries after they sacked nearly 800 crew without notice. In a letter seen by The…
Comedians Darren Conway and Joe McGucken Come Aboard to Launch Dublin Port Company’s Water Safety Campaign Ahead of a Busy Summer. A recent survey showed that half of the Irish public admit to not being attuned to water safety
Dublin Port Company (DPC) has today launched a new water safety awareness campaign, bringing comedy stars Darren Conway and Joe McGucken aboard to help spread the important message. The campaign is being launched ahead of the bank holiday to help…
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…

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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