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Planning permission has been refused for a new quay at Ros a Mhíl in Connemara, Galway.
Galway County Council has refused to extend planning permission for a new quay at Ros a Mhíl, as work had yet to begin on the multi-million euro harbour project. The Department of Agriculture, Food & The Marine received approval for…
A file image of Baltimore All-Weather Lifeboat. A lifeboat station has been established at Baltimore for over 85 years. Over the years the crews have been presented with 15 awards for gallantry
Baltimore RNLI was called out to provide assistance to a yacht with four people on board that got into difficulty 52 miles off the coast of Baltimore, West Cork, yesterday (Sunday 5 June). The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather…
Féile an Spidéil - The regatta programme will include races for báid mhóra and leath bháid in the Galway hooker class
A large fleet of traditional craft is anticipated for Féile an Spidéil which takes to the water off An Spidéil, Co Galway, on June 12th. The regatta programme will include races for báid mhóra and leath bháid in the Galway…
Eamon Ryan
New binding targets for greenhouse gas reductions in shipping are among a range of measures agreed today (Friday 3 June) by EU transport ministers today to reduce emissions in the transport sector in the coming decade. The new measures, which…
The European Sea Ports Organisation congratulates five ports among them the Port of Cork to receive their Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certificate at ESPO's Conference held in Valencia, Spain.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) congratulates five ports among them Afloat highlights, the Port of Cork to receive their PERS certificate that took place at ESPO's Conference held in Valencia, Spain. The other PERS ports congratulated is the Port…
A humpback whale, one of three sighted by PhD student Miguel Blázquez Hervás some 10 km east of Fastnet lighthouse, West Cork
Stunning humpback whale images have been captured by a postgraduate student east of the Fastnet lighthouse during a research trip off the West Cork coast. Miguel Blázquez Hervás, a PhD student at the Atlantic Technological University (ATU) in Galway, was…
Harland & Wolff have acquired the former Royal Navy 'Hunt' class mine hunter, HMS Atherstone which H&W believe will significantly de-risk the M55 regeneration programme
Harland & Wolff shipyard has acquired the former UK Royal Navy HMS Atherstone from the Ministry of Defence (MOD). HMS Atherstone was launched in 1986 as the Hunt-class Mine Counter-Measures Vessel (MCMV), that is no longer in service. The acquisition…
At the European Sea Port Organisation conference was released their 2022 report on 'Trends In Ports' governance.
On the first day of the European Sea Ports Organisation conference held in Valencia, Spain, the organisation today released their “Trends in EU Ports’ Governance 2022” report.  Both the public role and commercial expectations are on the rise for European…
The Ocean to City – An Rás Mór is organised by Meitheal Mara
Cork’s largest celebration of maritime heritage and culture returns this week from June 3-13. The festival celebrates Cork’s unique maritime history and culture as one of the largest natural harbours in the world. This year’s festival offers over 50 diverse…
Finnlines are set to operate a new twice weekly freight service betweem Rosslare Europort to Zeebrugge in Belgium from July.
Activity at Rosslare Europort which has exploded post-Brexit is continuing in earnest with yet another new route set to be announced for the Wexford ferry port. According to Wexford People, it’s been reported that Finnlines are now set to operate…
European Sea Ports Organisation adopts the Valencia Declaration on empowering Europe’s ports which took place in the Spanish port city which is host to their annual two-day conference. The role of ESPO is represent the seaport authorities of all maritime Member States towards the EU institutions.
In advance of European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) conference in Spain, its members met in Valencia for its General assembly yesterday (1st June), where they have agreed on the following Declaration: Europe’s seaports played a strategic and essential role throughout recent…
Chef crisis: Currently, the navy has 16 fewer chefs than it requires and this will shortly increase to 18, as two more have signalled their intention to leave the service. Above LE Samuel Beckett in Cork Harbour.
Chefs in the Naval Service are at a critically low level and so it has been unable to fill a growing number of vacancies, despite a two-year recruitment campaign aimed at attracting professionals from the private sector. Currently, the navy has…
The Swimming A Long Way Together project planned by Daws involves events across the island, with “live, immersive, multi-disciplinary events” and exhibitions in Dublin, Cork, Donaghadee and Galway
Pioneering sea swimmer Mercedes Gleitze was the first British woman to cross the English Channel and first to navigate the Straits of Gibraltar. On August 3rd, 1931, Gleitze swam from the Aran island of Inis Meáin to Awleen bay in…
Dun Laoghaire Marina is seeking experienced candidates for the role of Bookkeeper / Administration. This is a key position within the marina administration team. The role requires someone who is highly organised, customer-focused and enjoys working in a financial and…
The group boarded the vessel Saoirse na Farraige in Galway docks, where they were welcomed by skipper Aodhán MacDonnacha and crew
A group of 40 Ukrainians who have fled conflict visited the Aran island of Inis Mór on Wednesday as guests of Aran Island Ferries. The group boarded the vessel Saoirse na Farraige in Galway docks, where they were welcomed by…
Kevin O’Farrell (left) and Rob Collins in French Guiana following their epic 55-day ocean row from Portugal
After 55 days at sea, the St Michael’s Rowing Club duo of Kevin O’Farrell and Rob Collins completed their epic journey across the Atlantic earlier this week. Setting off from southern Portugal in early April in a small craft as…

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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