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RNLI Dun Laoghaire volunteer crew leaving the harbour aboard inshore lifeboat 'Joval'
Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI rescued a kayaker who was in the water for over 20 minutes on Saturday (2 July) after he got into difficulty off Dalkey Island. The volunteer crew were alerted shortly after 4 pm by the Irish…
Details of the successful recipients were announced by Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid Colm Brophy (above) late last week
A training programme aimed at reducing harmful emissions from shipping has won financial support in the first Irish Aid Enterprise Fund for International Climate Action. Dublin City University’s (DCU) school of law and governance, which is leading the study on…
Flying Fifteens start at County Antrim YC Whitehead. Willis and McPeake 4074 in front, Team Ridgeway 3920 chasing and Waterford's Statham and Paul (4070) behind
Peter Kennedy and Stephen Kane from Strangford Lough YC topped the fourteen-strong fleet of Flying Fifteens at the Northern Championships hosted by County Antrim YC on the north shore of Belfast Lough. Competitors travelled from as far away as Draycote…
Shindig skipper Tony Kingston,(left) Artful Dodjer skipper Finbarr O'Regan (centre) and Cinnamon Girl skipper Cian McCarthy were applauded by Kinsale Yacht Club for their 2022 Round Ireland Race achievements in June
Kinsale Yacht Club's long tradition with the Round Ireland Yacht Race was celebrated again at the weekend when the West Cork Club marked the achievement of their three boats in the 21st race.  June saw one of the longest and…
The former flagship of the Naval Service HPV LE Eithne (P31) is set to be decommissioned. The Helicopter Patrol Vessel (HPV) was the last Irish navy ship built which took place in 1984 at the Verolme Cork Dockyard (V.C.D.). AFLOAT highlights the vessel also became the last ever ship to be built in the Republic.
According to the the Naval Service is set to decommission three patrol vessels next week. The Government are considering that the former (ageing) Irish Navy flagship the LÉ Eithne become a floating museum either in Cork city or in Dublin.…
At anchor off Kinsale, Co Cork was the Valletta-registered cruiseship Europa with the old Head of Kinsale in the distance. Afloat adds the small high-end luxury cruiseship of German operator Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has for decades made anchorage calls to scenic spots along the south-west coast.
A cruiseship which called to Kinsale marked the first arrival of 2022 to the west Cork harbour. The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Danny Collins welcomed the German luxury cruise ship, Europa, with 400 passengers and 275 crew.…
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…
Thomas Roche's Salona 45 Meridian from Kinsale Yacht Club is entered into October's Middle Sea Race from Malta
Some 49 yachts from 21 countries – including Ireland – have entered the Mediterranean’s premier 606-mile classic to date. Thomas Roche's Salona 45 Meridian from Kinsale Yacht Club is entered into the race that has seen a string of Irish boats compete…
An Irish Coastguard RIB operating out of Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire Harbour might see more of the R116 Coastguard Helicopter after this month's major inter-agency marine and coastal agency emergency services display at the Dublin Bay Port. Held in the Ferry Marshalling Area of the Harbour on June 16th, the display was…
Radio producer Sarah Blake received the award in Quimper, Brittany
The RTÉ Documentary on One production Miracle in Galway Bay, which told the story of stranded paddleboarders Sara Feeney and Ellen Glynn, has won Best Radio Documentary at the Celtic Media Festival in Brittany. In the documentary, Sara Feeney and…
Sadie the Boxer was in a precarious position until Dun Laoghaire RNLI arrived at the South Bull Wall
Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI rescued Sadie, a boxer dog who had fallen more than 3m below the pier walkway close to the Half Moon swimming area on the South Bull Wall at Dublin Port on Wednesday (29 June) while walking…
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…
The River Corrib Longest Day Swim route. The swim returns to Co Galway on July 2, 2022
The “Longest Day Swim” on Galway’s river Corrib takes place this Saturday after a two–year break due to Covid-19. North American Olympic gold medallist Joseph “Gunnar” Bentz has been invited to lead the event on July 2nd. Bentz won two…
The Naval Service has fallen to 840 personnel as more signal they wish to leave in the coming months. Above Afloat adds the newest OPV LÉ George Bernard Shaw (P64) at the Naval Base, Haulbowline, Cork Harbour
A year ago the Government was warned in a secret report that the Irish Navy (Naval Service) was likely to be reduced to just three operational ships due to a fall in critical engineering staff, The has learned. It…
The Irish Optimist fleet is heading to Galway Bay for its Connacht Championships on July 9 and 10
9th and 10th of July will see one of the largest competitive fleets seen in Galway Bay for many years take to the water for the Connacht Optimist Championships which is being hosted by Galway Bay Sailing Club. Up to…
Dun Laoghaire's new D class lifeboat 'Joval'
Dun Laoghaire RNLI rescued two stand-up paddleboarders who got into difficulty off Seapoint in Dublin Bay last Saturday (25 June). The volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 12.55 pm by the Irish Coast Guard. The alarm was…

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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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.

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