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29 boats started on Clogherhead Strand for the sixth annual Boyne Boat Race
From 6.30 am on a damp and drizzly Sunday morning May 1st, 29 boats of all shapes and sizes started to arrive on Clogherhead Strand to prepare for the sixth Annual Boyne Boat Race, taking place later that morning writes Sarah…
Dinghy sailing at the Royal Western Yacht Club's Splash & Sail day on the Shannon Estuary
The Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland at Kilrush on the Shannon Estuary opened its sailing season with a ‘Splash & Sail’ day of celebration to launch the dinghy sailing fleet and club kayaks. The event was attended by many…
EcoClipper's sail-cargoship, De Tukker is the first in a fleet of low-impact sailing ships which will transport cargo and paying-passengers using the wind as a main source of propulsion. The schedule of the ketch focuses on the North Sea, the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay.
The Dutch shipping company, EcoClipper has announced this year’s sailing schedule of the newly purchased ship De Tukker as Afloat reported in January. De Tukker is the first in a fleet of low-impact sailing ships which will transport cargo and…
Traditional craft from Galway Hooker Sailing Club participated in the Darkness into Light national fundraiser on  Saturday
Slipping out into Galway Bay before sunrise, several traditional craft from Galway Hooker Sailing Club participated in the Darkness into Light national fundraiser on  Saturday. “When a community comes together, it’s amazing what can be done,” the club said after…
Downriver of the Thames and estuary is London Medway (Chatham and Sheerness) from where the Peel Ports Group operated terminal at Sheerness, has had its busiest ever month for unaccompanied freight (carried by DFDS) to Calais, France. Since the service re-started, volumes have gone strength to strength with hauliers switching to the service to avoid congestions in the south-east as seen in Dover.
London Medway, part of the Peel Ports Group, has had its busiest ever month for unaccompanied freight using a cargo only ro-ro ferry service between the UK and France. The Sheerness-Calais service which is run by DFDS (also Rosslare Europort-Dunkirk) has…
Courtmacsherry’s lifeboat crew on the late-night callout
Courtmacsherry RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Frederick Storey Cockburn was called out at 10.15pm on Wednesday night (4 May) to join a search off Garrettstown and Garrylucas beaches near the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork. Members of the public noticed…
The ketch Ilen adds something exotic to the already complex London skyline
These past few days have been purest serendipity for historic Irish boatbuilders. Just two days after the 1926-vintage West Cork-built Limerick ketch Ilen was celebrated beside the River Thames in London on Wednesday, the 1937 Tyrrell of Arklow 43ft ketch…
A French yawl built from a late 18th-century replica will be on display in Galway from this weekend
A French yawl built from a late 18th-century replica will be on display in Galway as part of a “Mini Brittany Fest” which runs from May 7th to 14th. Mayor of Lorient Fabrice Loher will lead a delegation to Galway…
The Clyde shipyard of Ferguson Marine, were the issue of the shipyard was raised by Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross at FMQs.
The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has said she will “not apologise” for decisions taken with the aim of saving the shipyard Ferguson Marine. The Clyde yard was nationalised in 2019, but island communities are still awaiting the delivery…
Belfast Harbour celebrates 175 years of Belfast Harbour Commissioners... which transformed through innovation & working with their partners & local communities
Belfast Harbour has announced its launch programme of celebratory events to mark the landmark 175th anniversary year of Belfast Harbour Commissioners. Local communities and visitors alike are invited to share in a summer-long calendar of events that will mark the…
The Greek flagged chartered-in ferry Blue Star 1 AFLOAT adds made a maiden Dublin-Cherbourg round trip this morning on the Irish Ferries direct route to France . The Attica Enterprises (Superfast Ferries) owned Blue Star 1 is capable of 27 knots, was observed in Dublin Bay with an arrival in the port some 45 minutes earlier than scheduled. The ferry is relieving the 22.5 knot W.B. Yeats while in H&W Belfast to be fitted with a new replacement upper bow door.
Irish Ferries chartered-in Blue Star 1 this morning completed a maiden Dublin-Cherbourg round trip, as the main Ireland-France route cruiseferry, W.B. Yeats is off service while at H&W Belfast, writes Jehan Ashmore. As reported only in mid-March, W.B.Yeats was previously…
At the Water’s Edge: Stories of the Irish Sea is a new feature length documentary film to be launched at Ceredigion Museum on 26 May at 7pm. This is to be followed by short documentaries, where free screenings in the coming months will be held in locations of the respective Irish and Welsh ports. Among the ports AFLOAT adds is Rosslare Europort and the Blue Star 1 which normally runs to and from Pembroke Dock (See today's stories under Irish Ferries).
In a new series the histories of five (ferry) port towns in Ireland and Wales and will feature in a film that will be premiered in Aberystwyth later this month. The eight short documentaries and one feature-length film, At the…
Chartered-in ferry Blue Star 1 AFLOAT adds, normally serves Irish Ferries Rosslare-Pembroke Dock, is temporary running instead on the Dublin-Cherbourg route as cruiseferry W.B. Yeats is in H&W Belfast to be fitted with a new replacement upper bow door. The Greek-flagged ferry is seen at Rosslare Europort from where it made a debut on the Irish Sea last year.
Irish Ferries Rosslare -Pembroke Dock ferry route is currently suspended. On the operator's sailing updates webpage, the Ireland-Wales route has a warning update. It reads: "Irish Ferries regrets to advise that the 8.45 Rosslare to Pembroke Blue Star 1 sailing…
The Mersey Maritime Exchange, an annual conference held in Liverpool is to take place in the city's historic Liverpool Town Hall on 23rd June.
UK shipping industry body, Mersey Maritime has announced their fourth annual conference, The Mersey Maritime Exchange which is to take place on Thursday, 23rd June. The event will be both online and held in the magnificent surroundings of Liverpool Town Hall,…
Economic boost to Galway City as cruiseship passengers (firstly began with Fred.Olsen Lines Borealis last month), is expected to bring €2m to businesses over the course of the season as such ships anchor off Galway Bay and the Aran Islands.
Galway City businesses could benefit from cruise ship passengers to the tune of almost €2 million over the course of the summer months as such ships are due to anchor off the bay. A total of 22 cruise ships will…
P&O Ferries restarted cross-Channel (Dover-Calais) sailings for tourists for the first time since it sacked nearly 800 seafarers
Operator P&O Ferries will restart its Dover-Calais sailings for tourists for the first time since sacking nearly 800 seafarers. The ferry firm said its ship Spirit of Britain will leave Dover for Calais at 4.05pm on Tuesday (yesterday, May 3).…

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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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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