15th October

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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Decommissioning of LÉ Aoife

After 35 years of "outstanding service to the State" and more than 600,000 nautical miles - or 28 world circuits - the Irish Naval Servcie vessel LÉ Aoife has been decommissioned.


At the ceremony on the quayside in Waterford City, Minister of State at the Department of Defence, Paul Keogh, paid tribute to the crew of the longest serving vessel in the fleet. He acknowledged their detention of 440 fishing vessels and 4,700 boardings at sea as part of  the vessel's role in fishery protection as well as search and rescue missions. 

Under the replacement programme, LÉ Samuel Beckett was handed over at the end of April 2014 and LÉ James Joyce is scheduled for delivery "in the coming months," he said. 

Lough Swilly RNLI to receive first Shannon class lifeboat in Ireland

The first Shannon class lifeboat for Ireland is under construction at Lymington in the UK for the Lough Swilly Lifeboat Station. The €2.4m 13m long, 18 ton vessel, is the first class of lifeboat to be named after the Irish river, and is expected at the Donegal station next April, replacing the station's all-weather Tyne class lifeboat Robert & Violet.


Shannon class lifeboat. Photo RNLI

The Shannon is the latest class of all-weather lifeboat to join the RNLI fleet and the first to be propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers, making it extremely agile and manoeuvrable.

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