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Making its debut into Irish waters, Bore Song, a ro-ro freight ferry that arrived at Dublin Port this afternoon from Germany, is to begin its charter role for Stena Line’s route to Birkenhead (Liverpool) next week. Its introduction on the core Irish Sea route will boost freight capacity by 30% on the unaccompanied Ireland-UK freight route.
Bore Song, the 25,586 gross tonnage ro-ro freight ferry that Stena Line has chartered for Irish Sea service, completed its repositioning voyage from Lübeck, Germany, to Dublin Port this afternoon, writes Jehan Ashmore. On arrival at Dublin Bay at 1330…
Yacht in Kinsale Harbour at low tide, listing against the adjacent keel wall with its mast looming over the road
Low tide was a little too low for one Kinsale yacht which listed over the adjacent quay on Wednesday afternoon (10 April). As CorkBeo reports, a section of Pier Road in the West Cork town was closed to traffic after…
At the launch of the new Northern Ireland Maritime & Offshore (NIMO) network are (from left) Stephen Kane (NIMO chair), Kerry Muldoon (NIMO member),  Kieran Donoghue (Invest NI chief executive) and John Patterson (head of defence at Artemis Technologies) with their Spirit of Belfast berthed alongside at the craft’s namesake port and the iconic backdrop of Harland & Wolff shipyard.
The Northern Ireland Maritime & Offshore network (NIMO) is a new government-backed body, to unlock commercial opportunities in the growing maritime and offshore sector has been created. The region currently employs more than 5,000 people in the sector and contributes…
Danish ferry company DFDS reaffirms its commitment to the electrification of English Channel transport after meeting today with the UK Minister for Investment and Regulatory Reform. Above Delft Seaways on the Dover-Dunkirk route. AFLOAT adds that the DFDS-only Ireland-Europe ‘passenger’ route of Rosslare-Dunkirk is currently using an alternative ropax, A F Claudia, on some of their sailings until mid-April. The A-F Claudia was observed last month in Rosslare Europort when on charter from Adria Ferries, operator of Italy-Albania routes.
Ferry operator, DFDS reaffirms commitment to the electrification of English Channel transport after meeting today the UK Minister for Investment and Regulatory Reform, Lord Dominic Johnson. DFDS's long-term goal is to have up to six battery-powered vessels operating on its…
A sight to behold, the Sørlandet, which arrived in Dublin Bay this morning and took anchorage in Scotsman’s Bay, Dun Laoghaire Harbour, having sailed from the Azores.
Making an impressive sight in Dublin Bay this morning is the world's oldest and most authentic fully-rigged ship still in active service, the Norwegian-flagged Sørlandet, writes Jehan Ashmore. Sørlandet with several sails set aloft approached Scotsman’s Bay, where it anchored…
The 'Spirit of Kinsale' cruise vessel operating in Kinsale Harbour
The Spirit of Kinsale, which has operated cruises in Kinsale Harbour for over 20 years, is being sold. Owner and operator Jerome Lordan has decided to retire. A former fisherman with experience in Ireland and overseas, he left that industry…
The late Jo English of SailCork
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of SailCork's Administration and Customer Care Manager, Jo English, on Monday, 08 April, after a short illness. Jo, in partnership with her husband Eddie, has been a strength and inspiration…
Newbuild launched: MV Glen Rosa, the second of two dual fuel vessels being built at Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow, was launched today on the Clyde. The newbuild, Afloat adds, along with the twin, MV Glen Sannox, was considerably delayed as the ferry was due to enter service in 2018. The pair are to serve CalMac's Arran route in south-west Scotland.
The newbuild MV Glen Rosa, the second of two dual fuel ferries being built at Ferguson Marine shipyard in Port Glasgow, was successfully launched into the Clyde today (9 April). Like twin lead ferry MV Glen Sannox, the MV Glen…
A precision bomb-strike in the heart of Howth village? Not quite. The site of the old Royal Hotel in Howth has now been cleared for an access road to the new Balscadden Apartments
It may have been recently known as the boarded-up Baily Court Hotel. Yet for many in Howth, it was still the modestly-sized Royal Hotel. Once upon a time, it was the heart of the village, a reminder that way back…
The new Pilot Boat Hibernia underway on Belfast Lough
Belfast Harbour has announced the arrival of its latest pilot boat, the Hibernia, marking a significant investment of £1.5m in its marine fleet. The new vessel will be responsible for ferrying pilots to and from ships at the port, helping…
Strait of Gibraltar: Stena Line has acquired a stake of shares in Morocco based ferry company Africa Morocco Link (AML) linking Spain.
Swedish operator Stena Line has entered into an agreement to acquire 49 percent of the shares in Morocco based ferry company Africa Morocco Link (AML). AML is headquartered in Tangier operating a ferry route between Tanger Med – Algeciras, Spain…
New long-term framework covers projects across the Peel Port Group’s entire portfolio of UK and Ireland sites which includes the Group’s Marine Terminals Ltd (MTL) located at Ringsend on the south bank of Dublin Port. AFLOAT also add the Group over the last decade has invested over €30 million across MTL’s infrastructure and the terminal has a throughput of 250,000 TEU’s per year, with direct LoLo connections with ports in Central Europe and Irish Sea as well as feeder services connecting us with the Far East, India and South America. Companies already working with MTL to manage supply chains include BG Freight (a Group subsidiary), CMA/CGM, DFDS, MacAndrews and Seago Maersk.
The UK’s second-largest port operator, Peel Ports Group is inviting contractors to submit bids for two new frameworks covering a major long-term programme of construction works across its UK and Ireland sites, worth a total of £750 million. The port…
The USA project team meet Barryroe pupils to describe their work that sets small sailing boats out across the Atlantic Ocean
The organisation, which has launched two hundred small sailing boats to cross the Atlantic Ocean, fostering interest in the sea and developing cultural links amongst nations, intends to develop the project further following a particularly positive response from a coastal…
File image of a container cargo ship
Join the IMDO, Marine Institute, the UK’s Department for Transport and Innovate UK to look at exciting opportunities at an upcoming briefing event as they delve into initiatives shaping international green shipping corridors. The event will be examining the opportunities…
Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI crew manoeuvre their inshore lifeboat alongside a casualty in the water at the back of the town's East Pier. An RNLI crew entered the water to rescue the person and bring them safely to shore in the lifeboat. See vid below
On Saturday night, a young girl was rescued from the sea at Dún Laoghaire Harbour in south County Dublin, thanks to a multi-agency rescue operation involving the Coast Guard, RNLI and gardaí. The incident occurred at around 8.20 pm off…
In Galway, the sea breached the Salthill promenade, flooding the Toft carpark and the Seapoint area close to the Atlantaquaria
Over 34,000 homes and businesses are reported to have suffered power outages due to Storm Kathleen, as southerly to south-westerly gale force winds swept across the western seaboard. In Galway, the sea breached the Salthill promenade, flooding the Toft carpark…

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.”