According to the latest edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist
(IMTE), an annual publication issued by the Irish Maritime Development
Office, 2015 was a successful year for the maritime industry.
- The iShip Index, recorded a 7% increase,.
- Bulk traffic grew by 7% to reach 29.8 million tonnes
- LoLo traffic, moving predominantly through Dublin, Cork and Waterford, grew by 8% to 860,277 TEU
- RoRo traffic grew by 6% to 1,002,920 units,
- Thetotal volume of traffic that moved through Irish ports in 2015 reached its highest level since 2008, at 977 points on the iShip Index.
Although this is 7% lower than the peak of 1,042 points achieved in 2007, it represents substantial progress from the low of 693 points recorded in 2009, and is the highest level recorded since the beginning of the economic crisis.
Ports were important gateways for inbound and outbound tourism and make a
very significant contribution to the success of the tourism industry.
- Morethan 4.4 million passengers travelled through Dublin, Rosslare and Cork in
- A further 450,000 tourists experienced Ireland through port calls made by the 246 cruise liners that called to Irishports in 2015, an increase of 3% on the previous year.