& Shipping

As an island nation, Ireland relies heavily on shipping and maritime logistics for trade and access.

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Ireland is a seafaring nation with a strong maritime tradition. We have a range of deep-water ports with associated infrastructure, along with modern ship handling and berthage facilities.

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of imports and exports are handled through Irish Ports
Port companies offering transport services, facilities and links to maritime supply chain solutions
foot and car passengers are facilitated through Irish Ports annually

Training and education needs can be met by Ireland’s state-of-the-art National Maritime College in Cork, which offers a variety of maritime and safety courses.


Companies active in Ireland’s port and shipping sectors provide waterborne transport services for both freight and passengers, as well as related services such as chartering, ship brokering, equipment supply and stevedores.

Find out more about our network members in our directory

Further information on this sector:

Department of Transport

Irish Maritime Development Office

HALPIN Research Centre