23rd July

Transfer of five Irish ports to local authority control

Government approval for the Harbours Bill 2015 will see the transfer of control of five 'Ports of Regional Significance' (Drogheda, Dún Laoghaire, Galway, New Ross and Wicklow) to local authority-led goverance strucutures.

The Bill provides the legal basis to allow for a Ministerial Order, and also enhances management procedures of 'Ports of National Significance' namely Cork, Dublin, Shannon Foynes and Waterford. 

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Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, a 'Port of Regional Significance' to be transferred to local authority governance. Photo Gillian Mills

Procedures include new statutory skillsets for directors; requirement for prospective chairpersons to appear before elected representatives to discuss the appointment; statutory requireiment regarding accountability of chairpersons and CEOs, and a maximum ten-year overall term of office for directors. 

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'Cool Route' from Cork to Arctic Circle

Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) has been awarded a project to develop a maritime tourism route between Cork and Arctic Circle areas of Norway. The Northern Peripheral and Arctic (NPA) Interreg VB Project funds projects that address transnational innovation, enterprise development and entrepreneurship across participating territories of south and west Ireland; Northern Ireland; western and northern Scotland; the Faroe Islands; western Norway, Iceland and Greenland.


Brjánslækur Bay on Iceland’s west coast boasts countless islands beyond a hinterland of mountains and glaciers; geothermal pools; rivers and lakes and fertile regions. Photo Ágúst Magnússon

The €1.3m project, Cruising Oceans on Latitudes above 51˚ North – The Cool Route, will research all of the logistical, business, and marketing planning, and support complimentary marine and shore-based tourism initiatives en route.

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Ireland's 'blue economy' is premium performer

Ireland's maritime economy grew by 9% from 2010-2012 against general growth in GDP of 4.75%, according to the 3rd Report on Ireland's Ocean Economy published by the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) in Galway.


Pictured on board the LE Samuel Beckett  are: Officer Commanding L.E. Samuel Beckett Lt Cdr Anthony Geraghty;  Minister Simon Coveney; Conor Healy CEO Cork Chamber, and BIM chairman, Kiernan Calnan

Latest figures for 2012-2014 continue this trend with growth rates of 8% and employment increase from 17,425 to 18,480 full-time equivalents.

  2010 2012 % Change 2010-2012 2014 (estimated) % Change 2012-2014 (e)
GVA €1.2 billion €1.3 billion 9.2% €1.4 billion 8.2%
%GDP 0.7% GDP 0.7% GDP 4.3% 0.8% GDP 3.1%
Turnover €3.1 billion €4.2 billion 33.1% €4.5 billion 7.6%
Employment 16,614 FTEs 17,425 FTEs 4.9% 18,480 FTEs 6.1%


The  value of Ireland's maritime economy, commercial opportunities and its contribution to the Irish economy will be discussed at a major industry conference, Our Ocean Wealth, on July 10 in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork.

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HRH The Prince of Wales visits the Marine Institute

On his four-day visit to Ireland, HRH The Prince of Wales visited the Marine Institute where he met Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for the Marine, Simon Coveney, Peter Heffernan, Marine Institute CEO and talked to staff about their work in areas including analysing the imapact of climate change on the ocean; sustainable fisheries; marine bio-diversity and international collaboration on ocean research.

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HRH The Prince of Wales on his visit to the Marine Institute where he was presented with a fossil coral from Mullaghmore Co Sligo by Prof Andy Wheeler (UCC), watched by Minister Simon Coveney and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.  Photo: Andrews Downes XPOSURE

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Inaugural Maritime Industry Awards

Individuals and companies who demonstrate excellence in Ireland's maritime and marine sectors will be eligible for nomination in the first-ever Maritime Industry Awards, taking place on June 18, 2015.

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Maritime Safety Strategy 2015-2019

Launching the new Maritime Safety Strategy, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, said all stakeholders "must work together" to ensure that potentially avoidable fatalities are eleminated.

The five-year programme Make Time for Maritime Safety' was developed following consultation with key stakeholders and the public, and includes an analysis of the factors contributing to maritime fatalities in Ireland.

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Irish Coast Guard safety demonstration at Leenane, Co Galway, 2011.                         Photo Gillian Mills

“My Department’s maritime safety remit covers safety on recreational craft, including surfboards, fishing vessels and cargo ships, and it is these areas that are covered by the Strategy.

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