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Long time Marina Manager of Greystones Harbour Marina in County Wicklow, Alan Corr, retired at the end of February
After a decade of dedicated service, Alan Corr, the marina manager of Greystones Harbour Marina in County Wicklow, retired at the end of February. Alan has been a vital part of the marina's success story since January 2014, bringing his…
Passengers boarding the aging Isle of Arran, when berthed at Brodick’s ‘older’ terminal on the island
Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) has provided no new support for the Firth of Clyde’s Arran route in a shake-up of services after the biggest and oldest vessels in Scotland's ageing lifeline ferry network were sidelined for nearly three months.…
When Manxman is off service for scheduled maintenance, there will be no disruption to passenger services
The £80m flagship of the Isle of Man Steam Company the Manxman will be out of commission for four days in the coming months. According to the IOMSPCo. the ferry which operates the Douglas-Heysham route will undergo planned servicing of…
The late Clayton Love Jnr
We regret to record the death of Clayton Love Jr, a founder of the Irish Yachting Association, now Irish Sailing. Born in 1929, Clayton held the office of President of the IYA for a decade between 1962 and 1972, establishing…
Patrick Murphy, who is chief executive of the Irish South and Fish Producers Organisation, is standing for Aontú in the Ireland South constituency for the European elections
The “gutting” of the Naval Service has exposed Ireland’s vulnerability to a “massive increase in drugs being channelled from Irish waters into mainland Europe”, according to Aontú candidate Patrick Murphy. Murphy, who is chief executive of the Irish South and…
River Mersey: Cammell Laird in Birkenhead secures £2m contract to build mooring dolphins located downriver for Stanlow Terminals
Shipbuilder and shiprepairers, Cammell Laird on Birkenhead has secured a £2m contract to build two mooring dolphins on the River Mersey for Stanlow Terminals. Stanlow Terminals is a division of Stanlow Oil Refinery operator EET Fuels. Cammell Laird is set…
This year the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) two-day annual conference is to be held in the heart of the Paris (25-26 April). The Organisation is the principal interface between European seaports and the European institutions and its policy makers.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) is holding its Annual Conference in the heart of the Paris on 25 and 26 April. This year’s conference in the French capital can simply not be missed, for various reasons. We are listing…
Artist Aidan Hickey with his piece The Custom House, 1842, featuring in Shorelines, an exhibition at The Substation at Dublin Port chronicling the varied seascapes of Dublin
Shorelines, a vibrant new exhibition chronicling the varied seascapes of Dublin, will come to The Substation at Dublin Port, courtesy of the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club (DPSC) and Dublin Port Company (DPC). The exhibition will contain brand-new works from…
Galway’s Grattan beach is the focus of a workshop in Salthill this evening (Tues Feb 27)
The success of the “living lab” at Galway’s Grattan beach is the focus of a workshop in Salthill this evening (Tues Feb 27). As Afloat previously reported, the project to install sand fences at Grattan Beach was piloted last year…
During the final three months of 2023, the Isle of Man Steam Packet had 46 sailings disrupted
During this winter the number of cancelled ferry sailings operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company have increased for the third consecutive year. The new figures for the final there months of last year show that 46 sailings…
The record-breaking delivery of 80-metre-long wide-turbine blades from the BBC Citrine ship marks a significant milestone for the Port of Waterford and its personnel
The Port of Waterford made history over the weekend as it handled a cargo of a record-breaking scale. The port received a vessel load of 80-metre-long wide-turbine blades, the largest ever in size to be imported to Ireland. The blades…
Kinsale Yacht Club's Spring Series is set for an Easter Monday start on April 1
A preliminary list of cruiser racing events on the Cork coastline lists the Kinsale YC Spring Series set for an Easter Monday start, April 1. At the RCYC in Crosshaven, evening racing is set for a start on Thursday, May…
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The Department of Transport advises ship owners, ship operators, shipmasters, harbourmasters and ships’ agents of the requirements for passenger ships engaged in the tendering of passengers between the ship and the shore and for the transfer of crew/technicians embarking or…
Some of the damage suffered at Galway Bay Sailing Club during storm Debi last November. The stretch of the Atlantic coast is very exposed and now a new coastal flooding study has been approved for south Galway Bay,
Funding for a study to identify risks from coastal flooding in south Galway has been approved by Minister of State for the Office of Public Works (OPW) Patrick O’Donovan. A sum of €108,000 has been approved for conducting a study…
Kinsale Yacht Club Marina in County Cork
Kinsale Yacht Club has cancelled racing on Sunday, 25th February, due to the adverse weather forecast. KYC Race Officer John Stallard will run the next Frostbite races for Squibs and dinghies sailing on Sunday, March 3rd. Easterly winds are expected…
Scottish state-owned ferry operator, CalMac has to fork-out a £5m repair bill as the main ferry on the Firth of Clyde Arran route, MV Caledonian Isles is undergoing steelwork due to the rusting 31 year-old vessel.
CalMac which is a Scottish Government-owned ferry operator, has been landed with a £5m repair bill as one of its oldest ferries built in 1993 has been side-lined until at least July due to rust. The west coast ferry operator,…

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.

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.”