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Spike Island Revisited
It's unclear how Spike Island, now a tourism and heritage site, will be marketed says Mary Morrissy in today's Irish Times HERE
The Big One: Azura Cruises into Dublin
As the cruise season draws to a close, the Azura, the largest cruise-ship (116,000 gross registered tonnes) to call at Dublin, docked this morning at the port for the third time this year, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 290m long Azura,…
Short Sea Shipping Company Competition Announced
The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) has linked up with the IMDO in the search for the Short Sea Shipping Company of the Year 2010, a key category in the annual National Export Industry Awards. The annual awards are to be…
Ireland Newfoundland Conference to Focus on Marine Leisure Infrastructure
As part of a festival to develop closer cooperation between Newfoundland and Ireland, New Ross in County Wexford is hosting a conference this Friday with a focus on Marine Leisure Infrastructure as a useful focus for both countries, with contributions…
Arklow's Autumn Arrivals
Arklow Shipping Ltd (ASL) await the delivery of the 2,998 gross tonnes newbuild, Arklow Fern, this month from Spanish shipbuilders Astilleros de Murueta SA, writes Jehan Ashmore. Astilleros has built all previous 'F' class newbuilds with Arklow Fern forming as the…
Former New York ferry cruises Menai Straits
The Coastal Cruising Association based in the UK chartered the 1937-built Queen of the Sea yesteday for a cruise in the Menai Straits, Anglesey, writes Jehan Ashmore. The vessel departed Caernarfon and passed under the famous Telford Suspension road bridge…
Irish Sea to Get More Super Yachts
The Irish Sea and possibly the Irish East Coast may see more super yacht traffic thanks to an Isle of Man Government initiative aimed at registering more Super yachts on the island after the Monaco Yacht Show later this month. Four…
Dublin Port to host Free Family-Friendly Open Day
Ireland's largest port will open up to the public next Saturday (18 September) when the Dublin Port Company is to host a free family-friendly Open Day. The fun free events will be taking place throughout the day at Dublin Port,…
Cove SC Prepares for SCORA Championships
The South Coast Offshore Racing Association (SCORA) Championships will take place out of Cove Sailing Club in Cork harbour on September 25th/26th. A flyer is attached.
The 'Lynx' Returns to Dun Laoghaire
Fast-ferry catamaran Stena Lynx III is to resume offpeak sailings on Wednesday (15 September)on the Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead route, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 'Lynx' had spent the high-season on St. Georges Channel in tandem with conventionalferry Stena Europe on the Rosslare-Fishguard…
Cork Harbour Town Welcomes Over One Million Visitors
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Batt O'Keefe TD told Cobh and Harbour Chamber of Commerce last week that over one million visitors had come to Cobh in the past year and how the famous port had played a vital…
'Battle' Leads Foynes September Series
The September Series of racing continued at Foynes Yacht Club last Sunday, where a record entry of craft 'took to the water' in their respective classes. In class 1 Battle stands as the leader so far, closely followed by Hello…
Fastnet Line Exceed Expectations
Fastnet Line recorded carrying over 60,000 passengers up to the end of August since the Cork-Swansea route re-opened in March, served by the 21,699 tonnes M.V. Julia, writes Jehan Ashmore. Commenting on the inaugural season, Paul O'Brien, general manager of Fastnet…
NATO Vessel Fires Warning Shots at Pirate Skiff
Planning a world cruise? Think twice before taking in the Gulf of Aden. Only two days after the latest pirate attacks in the Gulf, Danish warship ESBERN SNARE disrupted a group of suspected pirates in a skiff believed to be…
Crystal City Cruise Callers
The arrival this morning of Silver Cloud in Belview, the port of Waterford, represented the last cruise-caller of the season to the port. The six-star rated ultra-luxury 16,927grt cruiseship operated by Italian owned SilverSeas Cruises, had sailed on an overnight…
Celtic's Caribbean Connection
The O'Flaherty Brothers of Wexford have a diverse range of shipping interests ranging from a fishing trawler fleet, a short-sea coaster and ferries under the Celtic Link Ferries banner, writes Jehan Ashmore. The shipping family can now also claim 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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