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Rare Russian Naval Call Due to Dublin Port
A rare naval visitor to Dublin Port is to be made from that of the Russian Navy when the anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Chabaneko (650) is to dock next weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. Measuring 8,950 tons full load displacement and 163m/ 534ft…
Two Months To Go Till Galway Ironman
There's less than two months to go till the inaugural Ironman triathlon in Galway. As reported on Afloat.ie last year, the City of the Tribes was chosen to host Ireland's first ever Ironman 70.3 event on 4 September. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/galway-harbour/item/14215-ireland-joins-ironman-calendar-for-2011/ Thirty-five…
New €1.5m Rail-Spur for Dublin Port
The opening this week of a new rail-spur in Dublin Port by Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar T.D.,brings a boost to rail freight competitiveness, writes Jehan Ashmore. Dublin Port Company invested €1.5m for the 1.6km long rail-spur expansion which links…
Greystones to get 'Best Launching Facilites' in Ireland says Councillor
The 'best public boat launching facilities in Ireland' will be provided in a final Greystones Harbour Plan released today, according to Fine Gael Concillor Derek Mitchell. Having consulted with the community Sispar has produced their final plan for the Harbour…
Loop Head Lighthouse Opens its Doors for the First Time in 300 Years
Loop Head lighthouse station, Kilbaha, Co. Clare opens to the public for the first time in its 341-year history this Summer. The lighthouse is being opened to visitors on a trial basis for the remainder of July and August. The Mayor of…
Brand New Marina Calls to Dublin
Dublin Port welcomed a brand new cruiseship the 66,000 tonnes Marina which docked adjacent to the veteran cruiseship, Marco Polo today, writes Jehan Ashmore. Marina is the first of a pair of mid-sized newbuilds for Oceania Cruises, her sister Riviera…
Dun Laoghaire 'Needs Master Plan To Move Harbour Forward'
In a letter to The Irish Times last week, the principal of Ireland's largest sailing school hails the introduction of the new 'master plan' for Dun Laoghaire Harbour. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/letters/2011/0709/1224300391391.html Alistair Rumball, director of the Irish National Sailing School (INSS), argues…
Ferry With 'Tourist Office' Celebrates 100,000th Passenger
Operators of the Cork-Swansea port route, Fastnet Line celebrated their 100,000th passenger late last month, after opening the service in March 2010, writes Jehan Ashmore. While down on its initially forecasted target, it should be noted that, between January to…
Largest Vessel Transits Samuel Beckett Swing-Bridge
With sweeping lines the 54m private motor-yacht Fortunate Sun became the largest vessel to transit Dublin's Samuel Beckett swing-bridge, writes Jehan Ashmore. The motoryacht (click PHOTO) which has luxurious accommodation for 10 guests and 12 crew had sailed from the Scottish…
Trade, Tonnage and Turnover Up in Belfast Harbour
Trade through Belfast Harbour has grown for the first time in three years, up 5.4% to 16.4m tonnes, according to the port's 2010 annual report, writes Jehan Ashmore. The boost in trade figures at the Port of Belfast reflects rising…
Road Closures, Volunteers Wanted for Focus Ireland Triathlon
Organisers of the Focus Ireland Triathlon in Dun Laoghaire on Sunday 31 July have announced a list of road closures in the area, and have also put out a call for volunteers to assist on the day. Full road closures…
Public Consultation on Cork Harbour's Future
A public consultation on the future of Cork Harbour is open until 15 July. http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/cork-harbour-news/ Copies of the 300-page Cork Harbour Study are currently available at Cork County Council offices and online at www.corkcoco.ie, The Southern Star reports. http://www.southernstar.ie/article.php?id=2782 The…
Sun, Sand and Sail at the Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival
The Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival starts this evening, now in its 42nd year, the four-day festival is surrounded by the culinary delights of locally caught fresh seafood, writes Jehan Ashmore. In addition festival-goers can take part in the varied programme…
Celtic Link Ferries First Ferry Goes to the Breakers
Diplomat, the original ferry that started operations for Celtic Link Ferries in 2005 has been sold to Indian ship-breakers after serving a spell on charter in the Caribbean, writes Jehan Ashmore. Since leaving the Rosslare-Cherbourg port route in late 2009,…
Irish Sea Ferry Engaged in Maritime Counter Terrorism Exercise
The Naval Service, the Air Corps and Army Ranger Wing (ARW) an elite specialist force, completed a maritime counter terrorism exercise on board an Irish Sea ferry at the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. For the purposes of the exercise Stena…
Irish Times: 'Sense of Déjà Vu About Dun Laoghaire Harbour'
Today's Irish Times editorial raises questions over the new 'masterplan' for Dun Laoghaire harbour. As previously reported in Afloat.ie, the plan is intended to position Dun Laoghaire "as a marine, leisure and tourism destination of international calibre". http://www.afloat.ie/port-news/dun-laoghaire-news/item/15849-dun-laoghaire-harbour-masterplan-launched/ But The…

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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