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Statistics of Port Traffic

Quarter 4 and Year 2019

Tonnage of goods handled by main Irish ports, Quarter 4 and Year 2018-2019
       '000 tonnes
 Quarter 4 (main Irish ports) Annual (all Irish ports)
Category of goods20182019% Change 20182019% Change
Liquid bulk3,0003,0592.0% 12,17111,736-3.6%
Dry bulk4,1053,544-13.7% 17,75415,633-11.9%
Lift-on/lift-off1,8991,9573.1% 7,6298,0095.0%
Roll-on/roll-off4,0453,992-1.3% 16,03716,1830.9%
Break bulk & other goods2422503.3% 1,4961,68012.3%
Total13,29012,804-3.7% 55,08653,240-3.4%

Main Irish ports handled 12.8 million tonnes of goods in Quarter 4 2019

Statistics of port traffic Figure 1 – Tonnage of goods handled
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Irish ports handled 53.2 million tonnes of goods in 2019. This represented a decrease of 3.4% compared with 2018. Goods forwarded from Irish ports amounted to 17.8 million tonnes in 2019, while a total of 35.4 million tonnes of goods were received. See table 2A.

More than 2.6 million passengers passed through Irish ports in 2019. Dublin – Holyhead was the most popular route with a total of 1.7 million passengers.

Cruise ships visited 8 Irish ports in 2019. Dublin and Cork ports accounted for the vast majority of cruise passengers with 53.0% and 39.1% respectively disembarking at these ports. The two ports combined accounted for 81.9% of the total of 315 cruise ships that visited Ireland last year See table 7

 The results also show that:

  • The number of vessels arriving in Irish ports in 2019 decreased by 312 (-2.4%), while the gross tonnage of all arriving vessels rose by 5.4% to 278.8 million tonnes. See table 1A.
  • Great Britain & Northern Ireland accounted for two fifths (40.0%) of the total tonnage of goods handled in Irish ports by region of trade in 2019, and other EU countries accounted for 36.6%. See table 5A.
  • Of the total weight of goods handled in 2019, roll-on/roll-off accounted for 30.4%, dry bulk 29.4%, liquid bulk 22.0%, lift-on/lift-off 15.0% and break bulk 3.1%.
  • The number of vessels arriving during Quarter 4 2019 in the seven main Irish ports decreased by 62 (-2.1%) compared to the same period in 2018. The gross tonnage of all arriving vessels rose by 5.0% to 65,581 thousand tonnes. See table 1.
  • Great Britain & Northern Ireland accounted for 40.9% of the total tonnage of goods handled in the main ports by region of trade in Q4 2019, and other EU countries accounted for one third of trade (37.3%). See table 5.
  • Dublin port accounted for almost two thirds (63.0%) of all vessel arrivals in Irish ports and over half (51.1%) of the total tonnage of goods handled in Q4 2019. See tables 1 and 5.
  • Irish ports handled 451 thousand passengers in Q4 2019, a marginal decrease of 0.4% compared with the same period in 2018. In the fourth quarter of 2019, Dublin port accounted for 76.1% of all passenger journeys. See table 6.