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Statistics of Port Traffic

2015

Category of goods20142015change
 '000 tonnes
   
Liquid bulk11,34512,4389.6%
Dry bulk15,12815,8664.9%
Lift-on/lift-off6,6466,9835.1%
Roll-on/roll-off13,10413,9076.1%
Break bulk & other goods1,2611,47216.7%
    
Total47,48350,6666.7%
    

Increase of 6.7% in goods handled by Irish Ports in 2015

Statistics of port traffic Figure 1 – Cargo handled 2010-2015
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Irish ports handled 50.7 million tonnes of goods in 2015, an increase of 3.2 million tonnes (+6.7%) when compared to 2014.  Goods forwarded fell by 7.5% to 17.0 million tonnes in 2015, while goods received increased by 15.7% to 33.6 million tonnes over the same period. See Table 5.

The tonnage of goods handled rose in all traffic categories with the largest percentage increase in break bulk and all other goods (+16.7%). See Table 5 and graph.

The annual analysis also shows that:

  • The number of vessels arriving annually in Irish ports increased marginally by 0.3% to 12,242 in 2015, and the total gross tonnage of vessels rose by 3.9% to 231.7 million tonnes. See Table 1.
  • Goods received accounted for two-thirds (66.4%) of the total tonnage of goods handled in 2015. The corresponding figure for 2014 was 61.2%. See Tables 5, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 12.
  • Of the total weight of goods handled in 2015, dry bulk accounted for 31.3%, roll-on/roll-off 27.4%, liquid bulk 24.5%, lift-on/lift-off 13.8% and break bulk 2.9%. See Table 5.
  • The routes between Dublin and three UK ports – Holyhead, Milford Haven and Liverpool were the busiest routes for inward movement of goods (goods received) in 2015. The Dublin-Holyhead and Dublin-Liverpool routes were also the busiest routes in terms of goods forwarded. See Tables 13A and 13B.
Table 1: Number of arrivals and gross tonnage of vessels, 2010 - 2015
                  
Port2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
NumberGross NumberGross NumberGross NumberGross NumberGross NumberGross
 tonnage  tonnage  tonnage  tonnage tonnage tonnage
  '000   '000   '000   '000  '000  '000
                  
Arklow-- -- -- 913 -- --
Bantry Bay481,015 301,122 372,264 11650 8455 14592
Castletownbere1321 1726 1727 1525 1329 1542
Cork1,44818,445 1,27416,728 1,25215,540 1,28016,766 1,18416,942 1,17418,787
Drogheda209510 184447 274717 314808 376966 384980
Dublin7,434148,652 6,767137,448 6,624140,394 6,651142,372 7,040156,718 7,106164,806
Dundalk64124 5199 3167 3471 3272 3984
Dun Laoghaire3893,618 1823,465 1723,378 2084,085 1573,083 --
Galway187630 158549 142461 144459 161504 157493
Greenore126519 86408 103343 93423 116526 118735
Killybegs104366 90326 58379 64421 72555 56588
Kilrush-- -- 12 12 -- --
Kinsale53120 3789 4194 48 -- 717
New Ross174349 131159 102118 122302 114281 94239
Rosslare1,77846,560 1,79151,260 1,71251,104 1,68333,116 1,69233,492 1,69533,460
Shannon Foynes6946,949 6809,130 7348,018 7067,922 6626,904 7618,385
Sligo2350 2042 1430 1632 1222 1325
Tralee Fenit981 15148 19169 17162 19187 21191
Waterford4552,108 4262,174 3701,728 4251,947 4202,090 4372,092
Wicklow53117 56133 4298 70174 56129 96175
Youghal5041 6441 6552 7362 7058 5548
                  
Total13,311230,276 12,059223,795 11,810224,983 11,940209,821 12,204223,014 12,242231,741
                  
 
Table 2: Number of arrivals and gross tonnage of vessels classified by quarter, 2015
              
PortQuarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4 Total
NumberGross NumberGross NumberGross NumberGross NumberGross
tonnagetonnagetonnagetonnagetonnage
 '000  '000  '000  '000  '000
Arklow----------
Bantry Bay10447--29125514592
Castletownbere410411394131542
Cork2753,3033225,8163175,9412603,7271,17418,787
Drogheda952569624489227104253384980
Dublin1,64737,6901,84542,4461,88944,0001,72540,6707,106164,806
Dundalk715815122712263984
Dun Laoghaire----------
Galway40123411303411142129157493
Greenore28169251173019835251118735
Killybegs971192262526832256588
Kilrush----------
Kinsale24122525717
New Ross266424602360215594239
Rosslare3576,8624569,0584609,1724228,3691,69533,460
Shannon Foynes1841,9861942,0341711,9972122,3687618,385
Sligo463549241325
Tralee Fenit43975843965421191
Waterford123518124628904571004894372,092
Wicklow143223402948305496175
Youghal13111716131012115548
 
Total2,84251,6073,20960,9083,19762,6722,99456,55412,242231,741
               
Table 3: Number of arrivals and gross tonnage of vessels classified by type of vessel, 2015
                     
PortVessel type Total
Liquid bulk Dry bulk Container Specialised General Passenger 
NumberGrossNumberGrossNumberGrossNumberGrossNumberGrossNumberGrossNumberGross
tonnagetonnagetonnagetonnagetonnagetonnagetonnage
 '000  '000  '000  '000  '000  '000  '000
 
Arklow-- -- -- -- -- -- --
Bantry Bay14592----------14592
Castletownbere--1438--14----1542
Cork3304,415278002181,7841425,0173671,097905,6741,17418,787
Drogheda235859108----302815--384980
Dublin4543,658741,3208856,840552,2405,545146,396934,3537,106164,806
Dundalk-- -- -- -- 3984 -- 3984
Dun Laoghaire-- -- -- -- -- -- --
Galway10636051133--------157493
Greenore--57465----61270--118735
Killybegs12241----44280926656588
Kilrush--------------
Kinsale--717--------717
New Ross--94239--------94239
Rosslare--------1,69533,460--1,69533,460
Shannon Foynes1008961895,245--2104702,234--7618,385
Sligo--1325--------1325
Tralee Fenit--------21191--21191
Waterford14--101793--3241,093112024372,092
Wicklow--13----95172--96175
Youghal--------5548--5548
                     
Total1,0299,9865888,4331,2049,4172007,2719,018186,14020310,49412,242231,741
                     
Table 4: Number of arrivals and gross tonnage of vessels classified by vessel size class, 2015
                     
PortVessel size class (tonnes) Total
100-4,999 5,000-7,999 8,000-19,999 20,000-39,999 40,000-79,999 >=80,000 
NumberGrossNumberGrossNumberGrossNumberGrossNumberGrossNumberGrossNumberGross
tonnagetonnagetonnagetonnagetonnagetonnagetonnage
 '000  '000  '000  '000  '000  '000  '000
 
Arklow00 -- -- -- -- -- 00
Bantry Bay-- -- -- 9247 5346 -- 14592
Castletownbere1542 -- -- -- -- -- 1542
Cork5261,493 1551,117 1881,874 1413,903 1387,050 263,350 1,17418,787
Drogheda383975 15 -- -- -- -- 384980
Dublin6302,097 9686,352 2,13432,652 1,88151,527 1,47669,991 172,187 7,106164,806
Dundalk3984 -- -- -- -- -- 3984
Dun Laoghaire-- -- -- -- -- -- --
Galway157493 -- -- -- -- -- 157493
Greenore84232 1490 7111 13302 -- -- 118735
Killybegs2793 638 15166 6189 170 132 56588
Kilrush00 -- -- -- -- -- 00
Kinsale717 -- -- -- -- -- 717
New Ross94239 -- -- -- -- -- 94239
Rosslare1217 -- 7017,681 98225,762 -- -- 1,69533,460
Shannon Foynes4051,152 79498 1571,644 622,006 461,991 121,094 7618,385
Sligo1325 -- -- -- -- -- 1325
Tralee Fenit312 321 15159 -- -- -- 21191
Waterford302840 116883 11138 6149 283 -- 4372,092
Wicklow66121 85 915 1334 -- -- 96175
Youghal5548 -- -- -- -- -- 5548
                     
Total2,8187,980 1,3509,009 3,23744,439 3,11384,118 1,66879,531 566,664 12,242231,741
                     
Table 5: Tonnage of goods handled classified by category of traffic, 2007 - 2015
         ‘000
Category of traffic200720082009201020112012201320142015
          
Goods received
   Liquid bulk11,51710,9379,9069,5519,2129,7949,0438,5759,729
   Dry bulk 12,36711,9908,78910,36410,35411,24612,0129,34511,949
   Lift-on/lift-off traffic5,7164,9123,7673,6563,3183,4913,3053,6033,814
   Roll-on/roll-off traffic7,3697,0156,0526,7286,5276,2346,5227,0117,391
   Break bulk and all other goods1,9381,196484413427427521550757
   Total 38,90736,04928,99830,71229,83831,19131,40329,08333,638
          
Goods forwarded         
   Liquid bulk2,8312,3792,1952,4682,5923,6232,4992,7702,709
   Dry bulk 3,4553,9152,3963,0713,5783,7963,9365,7833,918
   Lift-on/lift-off traffic3,1603,0332,8922,8002,9933,2252,9003,0423,169
   Roll-on/roll-off traffic5,1785,0654,8765,5295,5405,3715,6236,0946,516
   Break bulk and all other goods609640480491538443361711715
   Total 15,23215,03112,83914,35915,24016,45815,31918,40017,028
         
Total goods handled         
   Liquid bulk14,34813,31512,10012,01911,80413,41711,54111,34512,438
   Dry bulk 15,82215,90511,18513,43513,93215,04215,94815,12815,866
   Lift-on/lift-off traffic8,8767,9456,6596,4576,3116,7166,2046,6466,983
   Roll-on/roll-off traffic12,54712,08010,92812,25612,06611,60512,14513,10413,907
   Break bulk and all other goods2,5481,8369649049658708831,2611,472
   Total 54,13951,08141,83645,07145,07847,64946,72247,48350,666
          
Table 6A: Tonnage of goods received classified by category of traffic and quarter, 2015
     ‘000
Category of trafficQuarter 1Quarter 2Quarter 3Quarter 4Total
 
Liquid bulk     
Liquefied gas112131221159
Crude oil1,1869081,0269964,116
Oil products1,2261,1201,2261,2294,801
Other liquid bulk goods1141164172176652
Total2,6652,2042,4372,4229,729
      
Dry bulk     
Ores9171,1261,1427283,913
Coal5715246081,0832,787
Agricultural products9807106008953,186
Other dry bulk goods16594753775522,063
Total3,1282,8352,7283,25811,949
      
Lift-on/lift-off traffic     
20 ft containers179181180137677
40 ft containers6447126806902,726
Other containers1031109998410
Total9271,0039599253,814
      
Roll-on/roll-off traffic     
Road goods vehicles7037627587823,005
Trade vehicles55412563185
Unaccompanied trailers9731,0451,0731,1104,200
Total1,7311,8481,8561,9557,391
      
Break Bulk and other goods     
Forestry products45624751204
Iron and steel products44696873253
Other general cargo167638683299
Total156194200207757
      
Total8,6078,0848,1808,76733,638
      
1 A small amount of data which cannot be coded to individual traffic categories has been included under 'Other' goods.
Table 6B: Tonnage of goods forwarded classified by category of traffic and quarter, 2015
     ‘000
Category of trafficQuarter 1Quarter 2Quarter 3Quarter 4Total
 
Liquid bulk     
Liquefied gas119821202
Crude oil72-7048190
Oil products5155715756562,317
Other liquid bulk goods10---0
Total5887696477062,709
      
Dry bulk     
Ores145134133176589
Coal-----
Agricultural products1824241076
Other dry bulk goods18078257888323,252
Total9719849451,0183,918
      
Lift-on/lift-off traffic     
20 ft containers88958575343
40 ft containers5686365826502,436
Other containers9110397100390
Total7468347638263,169
      
Roll-on/roll-off traffic     
Road goods vehicles7207747717693,034
Trade vehicles01112
Unaccompanied trailers8198968858813,480
Total1,5391,6711,6561,6506,516
      
Break bulk and other goods     
Forestry products1716102164
Iron and steel products45595559218
Other general cargo11481228085434
Total210196144164715
      
Total4,0544,4544,1564,36417,028
      
1 A small amount of data which cannot be coded to individual traffic categories has been included under 'Other' goods.
Table 6C: Total tonnage of goods handled classified by category of traffic and quarter, 2015
     ‘000
Category of trafficQuarter 1Quarter 2Quarter 3Quarter 4Total
 
Liquid bulk     
Liquefied gas1132111422361
Crude oil1,2589081,0961,0444,306
Oil products1,7411,6911,8011,8857,119
Other liquid bulk goods1141164172176652
Total3,2532,9733,0843,12812,438
      
Dry bulk     
Ores1,0631,2601,2769044,502
Coal5715246081,0832,787
Agricultural products9997346249063,262
Other dry bulk goods11,4661,3001,1661,3835,315
Total4,0993,8193,6734,27615,866
      
Lift-on/Lift-off traffic     
20 ft containers2672762652121,020
40 ft containers1,2111,3491,2621,3415,163
Other containers195212196198801
Total1,6731,8371,7221,7516,983
      
Roll-on/roll-off traffic     
Road goods vehicles1,4231,5361,5291,5526,039
Trade vehicles56422663187
Unaccompanied trailers1,7911,9411,9581,9917,680
Total3,2703,5183,5123,60613,907
      
Break bulk and other goods     
Forestry products62785672268
Iron and steel products89128123131471
Other general cargo1215184165168733
Total3663903453711,472
      
Total12,66112,53812,33613,13250,666
      
1 A small amount of data which cannot be coded to individual traffic categories has been included under 'Other' goods.
Table 7A: Tonnage of goods received classified by category of traffic and region of trade, 2015
      ‘000
Category of trafficRegion of tradeTotal
Great Britain &Other EUNon-EU1Other ports2Coastal trade
Northern
Ireland
 
Liquid bulk      
Liquefied gas13521-21159
Crude oil5503102,428755724,116
Oil products3,16467553458644,801
Other liquid bulk goods3112266272480652
Total3,9611,2722,5091,0509379,729
       
Dry bulk      
Ores-820-3,093-3,913
Coal184672-1,931-2,787
Agricultural products1571,2833261,366533,186
Other dry bulk goods31491,570157155322,063
Total4904,3464836,5458511,949
       
Lift-on/lift-off traffic      
20 ft containers64604333677
40 ft containers2422,389108152,726
Other containers1393--17410
Total3073,3851384253,814
       
Roll-on/roll-off traffic      
Road goods vehicles2,872134---3,005
Trade vehicles3913781-185
Unaccompanied trailers3,350850-0-4,200
Total6,2611,12181-7,391
       
Break bulk and other goods      
Forestry products789925-3204
Iron and steel products611339464253
Other general cargo31019673129299
Total1494281075915757
       
Total11,16610,5523,1207,7381,06233,638
       
1 Trade with ports in European countries that are not members of the E.U.
2 Trade with ports in Non-European countries
3 A small amount of data which cannot be coded to individual traffic categories has been included under 'Other' goods.
Table 7B: Tonnage of goods forwarded classified by category of traffic and region of trade, 2015
      ‘000
Category of trafficRegion of tradeTotal
Great Britain &Other EUNon-EU1Other ports2Coastal trade
Northern
Ireland
 
Liquid bulk
Liquefied gas72-1930202
Crude oil4212-6472190
Oil products92677-4408752,317
Other liquid bulk goods3----00
Total97591-6979462,709
       
Dry bulk      
Ores540413248-589
Coal------
Agricultural products1363---76
Other dry bulk goods39751,622351592453,252
Total9932,0894831082453,918
       
Lift-on/lift-off traffic      
20 ft containers562720105343
40 ft containers6061,776012422,436
Other containers0386--4390
Total6622,434122503,169
       
Roll-on/roll-off traffic      
Road goods vehicles2,853180---3,034
Trade vehicles11-1-2
Unaccompanied trailers2,905575-0-3,480
Total5,758756-2-6,516
       
Break bulk and other goods      
Forestry products322083164
Iron and steel products90985222218
Other general cargo34433062529434
Total167448195032715
       
Total8,5555,8185028791,27417,028
       
1 Trade with ports in European countries that are not members of the E.U.
2 Trade with ports in Non-European countries
3 A small amount of data which cannot be coded to individual traffic categories has been included under 'Other' goods.
Table 7C: Total tonnage of goods handled classified by category of traffic and region of trade, 2015
      ‘000
Category of trafficRegion of tradeTotal
Great Britain &Other EUNon-EU1Other ports2Coastal trade
Northern
Ireland
 
Liquid bulk
Liquefied gas14223-1951361
Crude oil5923222,4288201434,306
Oil products4,090752534851,7397,119
Other liquid bulk goods3112266272480652
Total4,9361,3632,5091,7471,88312,438
       
Dry bulk      
Ores51,2241323,142-4,502
Coal184672-1,931-2,787
Agricultural products1701,3463261,366533,262
Other dry bulk goods31,1253,1925072142775,315
Total1,4836,4359666,65333015,866
       
Lift-on/lift-off traffic      
20 ft containers12087641381,020
40 ft containers8484,1641093475,163
Other containers1779--21801
Total9685,82014106756,983
       
Roll-on/roll-off traffic      
Road goods vehicles5,725314---6,039
Trade vehicles4013882-187
Unaccompanied trailers6,2551,425-0-7,680
Total12,0191,87782-13,907
       
Break bulk and other goods      
Forestry products1101183334268
Iron and steel products15223114686471
Other general cargo354526783737733
Total316875126108471,472
       
Total19,72116,3703,6228,6172,33650,666
       
1 Trade with ports in European countries that are not members of the E.U.
2 Trade with ports in Non-European countries
3 A small amount of data which cannot be coded to individual traffic categories has been included under 'Other' goods.
Table 8: Details of roll-on/roll-off traffic handled by port, 2015
           
PortPassenger cars,PassengerTrade vehicles1Freight vehicles/trailers2
motorcycles and
  accompanying buses
trailers/caravans
Number Number NumberTonnes '000 LoadedEmpty
   NumberTonnes '000Number
Received
Cork12,857 44 48,88961 282364
Dublin250,224 5,099 104,057101 440,1746,35121,032
Dun Laoghaire- - -- ---
Rosslare134,193 1,719 19,27823 57,4188521,579
Total397,274 6,862 172,224185 497,8747,20622,675
          
Forwarded      
Cork12,559 44 6621 5461111
Dublin239,888 5,770 2,2251 428,4775,31783,931
Dun Laoghaire- - -- ---
Rosslare132,809 1,792 1840 68,0601,186884
Total385,256 7,606 3,0712 497,0836,51484,826
           
Total      
Cork25,416 88 49,55162 8281375
Dublin490,112 10,869 106,282102 868,65111,668104,963
Dun Laoghaire- - -- ---
Rosslare267,002 3,511 19,46223 125,4782,0382,463
Total782,530 14,468 175,295187 994,95713,719107,501
           
1 Vehicles imported or exported
2 Includes data on (a) road goods vehicles and accompanying trailers (b)( unaccompanied road goods trailers and semi trailers and
  (c) unaccompanied caravans and other road, agricultural and industrial trailers
Table 9: Details of lift-on/lift-off traffic handled by port, 2015
          
PortLoaded units Empty unitsTotal units
NumberTEU's1Tonnes '000 NumberTEU's1 NumberTEU's1
Received         
Cork46,44680,158982 11,75522,724 58,201102,883
Dublin163,071291,3582,711 17,97329,562 181,044320,919
Waterford5,58311,091120 3,7868,495 9,36919,586
Total215,100382,6073,814 33,51460,781 248,614443,388
         
Forwarded         
Cork45,19683,8101,008 13,26219,136 58,458102,947
Dublin98,590183,4402,014 75,904126,067 174,494309,506
Waterford7,81817,268148 2,1573,369 9,97520,637
Total151,604284,5183,169 91,323148,572 242,927433,090
         
Total         
Cork91,642163,9691,991 25,01741,861 116,659205,829
Dublin261,661474,7974,724 93,877155,628 355,538630,425
Waterford13,40128,359268 5,94311,865 19,34440,224
Total366,704667,1256,983 124,837209,353 491,541876,478
          
1 TEU Twenty-foot equivalent unit = 1360 cubic feet
Table 10A: Tonnage of goods received and forwarded classified by port and quarter, 2015
     ‘000
PortQuarter 1Quarter 2Quarter 3Quarter 4Total
 
Goods received     
Arklow-----
Bantry Bay493-13964697
Castletownbere1012121044
Cork1,5221,4881,4411,5726,022
Drogheda134118109134495
Dublin3,4313,4803,5653,72914,205
Dundalk1313311268
Dun Laoghaire-----
Galway103106107109425
Greenore13188147222587
Killybegs101-2
Kilrush-----
Kinsale636520
New Ross76687468285
Rosslare201229219230878
Shannon Foynes2,0682,1092,1062,2408,523
Sligo2610521
Tralee Fenit-----
Waterford3873221763271,213
Wicklow1116172670
Youghal1827201782
Total8,6078,0848,1808,76733,638
      
Goods forwarded     
Arklow-----
Bantry Bay7219364139468
Castletownbere-----
Cork8749409489243,686
Drogheda190204156182731
Dublin1,9102,0691,9842,0388,000
Dundalk4-2-6
Dun Laoghaire-----
Galway45302140137
Greenore121615346
Killybegs1585432
Kilrush-----
Kinsale-----
New Ross-----
Rosslare2693113023041,186
Shannon Foynes5665735656452,348
Sligo2--24
Tralee Fenit6107932
Waterford75847055284
Wicklow1514152064
Youghal-11-2
Total4,0544,4544,1564,36417,028
      
Table 10B: Total tonnage of goods handled classified by port and quarter, 2015
     ‘000
PortQuarter 1Quarter 2Quarter 3Quarter 4Total
      
Total goods handled     
Arklow-----
Bantry Bay5651932042031,165
Castletownbere1012121044
Cork2,3962,4282,3892,4959,709
Drogheda3243222643161,226
Dublin5,3415,5495,5495,76622,205
Dundalk1713321274
Dun Laoghaire-----
Galway149136128150563
Greenore143104162225634
Killybegs1696435
Kilrush-----
Kinsale636520
New Ross76687468285
Rosslare4695405215342,064
Shannon Foynes2,6332,6812,6722,88410,871
Sligo4610625
Tralee Fenit6107932
Waterford4624062463821,497
Wicklow26303246134
Youghal1828211784
 
Total12,66112,53812,33613,13250,666
      
Table 11A: Tonnage of goods received and forwarded classified by port and region of trade, 2015
      ‘000
PortRegion of tradeTotal
Great Britain &Other EUNon-EU1Other ports2Coastal trade
Northern Ireland
 
Goods received 
Arklow------
Bantry Bay34478-275-697
Castletownbere--44--44
Cork4561,7652,5041,1511466,022
Drogheda49398102910495
Dublin8,9353,95819964546914,205
Dundalk1344--1268
Dun Laoghaire------
Galway1330--382425
Greenore5127526236-587
Killybegs0--112
Kilrush------
Kinsale-146--20
New Ross242243142285
Rosslare661217---878
Shannon Foynes4852,5371415,336248,523
Sligo157---21
Tralee Fenit------
Waterford7692713262151,213
Wicklow41263--70
Youghal45425--82
Total11,16610,5523,1207,7381,06233,638
       
Goods forwarded      
Arklow------
Bantry Bay99--257112468
Castletownbere------
Cork1,0431,317454468363,686
Drogheda165565-1-731
Dublin5,5732,2499221668,000
Dundalk-6---6
Dun Laoghaire------
Galway36966--137
Greenore-46---46
Killybegs19-21132
Kilrush------
Kinsale------
New Ross------
Rosslare946240---1,186
Shannon Foynes6201,0223451082522,348
Sligo22---4
Tralee Fenit-5522032
Waterford35232836284
Wicklow3529---64
Youghal--1-12
Total8,5555,8185028791,27417,028
       
1 Trade with ports in European countries that are not members of the E.U.
2 Trade with ports in Non-European countries
Table 11B: Total tonnage of goods handled classified by port and region of trade, 2015
      ‘000
PortRegion of tradeTotal
Great Britain &Other EUNon-EU1Other ports2Coastal trade
Northern Ireland
 
Total goods handled 
Arklow------
Bantry Bay44378-5321121,165
Castletownbere--44--44
Cork1,4993,0832,5491,5969829,709
Drogheda2149621031101,226
Dublin14,5076,20629166653522,205
Dundalk1350--1274
Dun Laoghaire------
Galway491266-382563
Greenore5132126236-634
Killybegs29-22235
Kilrush------
Kinsale-146--20
New Ross242243142285
Rosslare1,607457---2,064
Shannon Foynes1,1063,5594865,44327710,871
Sligo178---25
Tralee Fenit-5522032
Waterford1111,15914165211,497
Wicklow76563--134
Youghal45426-184
       
Total19,72116,3703,6228,6172,33650,666
       
1 Trade with ports in European countries that are not members of the E.U.
2 Trade with ports in Non-European countries
Table 12A: Tonnage of goods received and forwarded classified by port and category of traffic, 2015
      ‘000
PortCategory of trafficTotal
Liquid bulkDry bulkLift-on/lift-offRoll-on/roll-offBreak bulk &
other goods
 
Goods received
Arklow------
Bantry Bay697----697
Castletownbere----4444
Cork3,6921,23998264466,022
Drogheda30299--166495
Dublin3,8491,1472,7116,4514614,205
Dundalk-65--468
Dun Laoghaire------
Galway401---24425
Greenore-422--166587
Killybegs----22
Kilrush------
Kinsale-20---20
New Ross5279--2285
Rosslare---8753878
Shannon Foynes1,0457,437--418,523
Sligo-7--1521
Tralee Fenit------
Waterford101,036120-461,213
Wicklow----7070
Youghal----8282
Total9,72911,9493,8147,39175733,638
       
Goods forwarded      
Arklow------
Bantry Bay468----468
Castletownbere------
Cork2,2403291,00812973,686
Drogheda-527--205731
Dublin-6632,0145,31858,000
Dundalk-6---6
Dun Laoghaire------
Galway-94--44137
Greenore----4646
Killybegs1---3232
Kilrush------
Kinsale------
New Ross------
Rosslare---1,186-1,186
Shannon Foynes-2,232--1162,348
Sligo-2--24
Tralee Fenit----3232
Waterford-63148-74284
Wicklow-3--6164
Youghal----22
Total2,7093,9183,1696,51671517,028
       
Table 12B: Total tonnage of goods handled classified by port and category of traffic, 2015
      ‘000
PortCategory of trafficTotal
Liquid bulkDry bulkLift-on/lift-offRoll-on/roll-offBreak bulk &
other goods
 
Total goods handled      
Arklow------
Bantry Bay1,165----1,165
Castletownbere----4444
Cork5,9321,5671,991751439,709
Drogheda30826--3711,226
Dublin3,8491,8104,72411,7705122,205
Dundalk-70--474
Dun Laoghaire------
Galway40194--68563
Greenore-422--212634
Killybegs1---3435
Kilrush------
Kinsale-20---20
New Ross5279--2285
Rosslare---2,06132,064
Shannon Foynes1,0459,669--15710,871
Sligo-9--1725
Tralee Fenit----3232
Waterford101,099268-1201,497
Wicklow-3--131134
Youghal----8484
       
Total12,43815,8666,98313,9071,47250,666
       
Table 13A: Tonnage of goods received classified by port and detailed region of trade for key ports, 2015
         ‘000
Detailed region of tradePortTotal
BantryCorkDroghedaDublinGalwayRosslareShannonWaterford
 BayFoynes
 
Great Britain & Northern Ireland         
Clydeport-121333----346
Fishguard-----658--658
Heysham---254----254
Holyhead---3,031----3,031
Liverpool-6-2,4473-3422,492
Milford Haven (inc. Pembroke)-33302,550--142-2,755
Other ports34440518320103309751,483
Total344456498,935136614857611,019
          
Other EU         
Belgium - Antwerp142893653219-98241,012
Belgium - Zeebrugge--11463--6-479
France - Cherbourg---37-214--251
Netherlands - Rotterdam-846121,988--971273,070
Spain - Bilbao-3102273--39282
Spain - Las Palmas------1,36521,367
Sweden - Brofjorden---55--330-384
Other ports64628328656936417353,065
Total781,7653983,958302172,5379279,909
          
Non-EU         
Norway-2,347-18--46392,450
Russia-374148--8293365
Other countries-120632--13-171
Total-2,50410199--1411322,986
          
Other ports         
Algeria-85----3-88
Argentina-274-341----615
Brazil-10----650-660
Columbia------1,315-1,315
Guinea------2,226-2,226
U.S.A.-1234206--38120734
Other countries2756592697--760421,858
Total2751,15129645--5,336627,497
          
Coastal trade         
Cork--1455382-17-855
Other ports-146914--715192
Total-14610469382-24151,047
          
Total16976,02249514,2054258788,5231,21332,458
          
1 The activity of all other ports not listed above amounts to a total of 1,180,000 tonnes
Table 13B: Tonnage of goods forwarded classified by port and detailed region of trade for key ports, 2015
         ‘000
Detailed region of tradePortTotal
BantryCorkDroghedaDublinGalwayRosslareShannonWaterford
 BayFoynes
 
Great Britain & Northern Ireland         
Belfast-43-162--127-332
Felixstowe---204----204
Fishguard-----946--946
Heysham---234----234
Holyhead-5-2,547----2,552
Immingham-723------723
Liverpool-5-2,166--84-2,254
Other ports9926716526036-409351,271
Total991,0431655,57336946620358,517
          
Other EU         
Belgium - Antwerp-28439307--132645
Belgium - Ghent--272---25-298
Belgium - Zeebrugge-33243--1112272
Finland - Kokkola-62-138----200
France - Cherbourg---59-236--295
France - Dunkerque------262-262
Netherlands - Rotterdam-624381,230--1491502,190
Other ports-345212273964562681,560
Total-1,3175652,249962401,0222325,721
          
Non-EU         
Iceland------245-245
Norway-45-913-996244
Other countries-0-13--37
Total-45-926-3458496
          
Other ports         
U.S.A.257440------697
Other countries-5121--1083139
Total257446121--1083836
          
Coastal trade         
Dublin-445----62-507
Galway-384------384
Other ports1127-66--1906380
Total112836-66--25261,271
          
Total14683,6867318,0001371,1862,34828416,841
          
1 The activity of all other ports not listed above amounts to a total of 187,000 tonnes
Table 14: Number of cruise ships and passengers by port, 2015
  
PortsNumber of cruise shipsNumber of passengers
   
Bantry Bay1172
Cork57102,217
Dublin93101,400
Dún Laoghaire812,830
Galway52,326
Killybegs95,975
Shannon Foynes21,421
Waterford1815,531
   
Total193241,872
   
Table 15: Number of cruise ships by month of arrival and passengers, 2015
  
 Number of cruise shipsNumber of passengers
   
January00
February00
March1530
April44,475
May4960,268
June4543,985
July3654,461
August3552,333
September1621,376
October32,016
November1522
December31,906
   
Total193241,872
   

Background Notes

Coverage

This release contains the results of an annual analysis of activity at Irish ports in 2015. The data is compiled from returns made by Scheduled Harbour Authorities, State Companies and a number of other harbours as outlined below:

 

Scheduled harbour authorities

Arklow harbour commissioners

Bantry Bay harbour commissioners

Kilrush town council

Kinsale harbour commissioners

Sligo harbour commissioners

Tralee and Fenit pier and harbour commissioners

Youghal town council

 

State Companies

Drogheda port company

Dublin port company

Dundalk port company

Dun Laoghaire harbour company

Galway harbour company

New Ross port company

Port of Cork company

Port of Waterford company

Shannon Foynes port company

Wicklow port company

 

Other harbours

Castletownbere fishery harbour centre

Greenore port

Killybegs fishery harbour centre

Rosslare Europort

 

As the figures (detailed in tables 1-15) have been rounded independently there may be slight discrepancies between the sum of the constituent items and the totals shown.  A ‘0’ indicates a value that has been rounded to zero, whereas a ‘-’ indicates no activity.

 

Definitions

Tonnage of Goods:

This includes the weight of immediate packaging material but excludes, in the case of containerised traffic, the weight of containers.  The tonnage of goods for roll-on/roll-off traffic may be based on estimated coefficients for certain vehicle categories. The export of live cattle on the hoof is excluded from the tonnage of goods in this release.

 

Region of Trade:

Coastal - Trade between Irish ports excluding Northern Ireland.

Great Britain & Northern Ireland - Includes Isle of Man and other British crown dependencies.

Other EU - Trade with ports in European countries that are members of the E.U. excluding Ireland and Great Britain.  Outermost regions of Member States (e.g. the Canary Islands) are included.

Non EU - Trade with ports in European countries that are not members of the E.U.

Other Ports - Trade with ports in Non European countries.

 

Gross Tonnage of Vessels:

The measure of the overall size of a ship determined in accordance with the provisions of the International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships, 1969.

 

Vessel types:

Only the activity of trading vessels, car ferries and other passenger vessels is covered in the series. Only vessels of at least 100 gross tonnes are included.  The following vessels are excluded:

 

–  Fish-catching vessels

–  Fish-processing vessels

–  Vessels for drilling and exploration (exception: Killybegs)

–  Tugs

–  Pusher craft

–  Research and survey vessels

–  Dredgers

–  Naval vessels

–  Vessels used solely for non-commercial purposes

–  Vessels entering the ports for shelter

 

Vessel types are classified according to the International Classification of Ship Types (ICST-COM).  Cruise liners are included where passengers embark or disembark in port.

 

The ship categories included under each vessel type are outlined below:

 

Liquid bulk vessels:

Oil tanker

Chemical tanker

Liquid gas tanker

Tanker barge

Other tanker

 

Dry bulk vessels:

Bulk/oil carrier

Bulk carrer

 

Container vessels:

Full container

 

Specialised vessels:

Barge carrier

Chemical carrier

Irradiated fuel carrier

Livestock carrier

Vehicle carrier

Other specialised carrier

 

General cargo vessels:

Reefer

Ro-ro passenger

Ro-ro container

Other ro-ro container

Combination carrier general cargo/passenger

Combination carrier general cargo/container

Single decker

Multi-decker

 

Passenger vessels:

Cruise liners

Other passenger only vessels

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