Holistic Sustainability Performance Assessment of Irish Ports/Harbours

Project Details


Sustainable and Holistic management of Irish Ports (SHIP). This is a 3-year project, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency. As an island nation, Ireland’s ports and harbours are essential for its local, regional and national economies. Here, the shipping and maritime transport sector consists of both freight and passenger transport, as well as related services i.e. ship chartering and brokering, equipment leasing, stevedoring etc. In 2016 the maritime transport industry represented approximately 85% of the total volume, and 56% of the total value of the cargoes transported for export and import in Ireland in 2016 (see Ireland's Ocean Economy Report 2019). Furthermore, the economic contribution of the shipping and maritime transport services and operations to the Irish economy reached €2.3 billion in 2018. In total €697.2 million was generated in GVA and it is estimated that 5,055 full time equivalents (FTEs) were employed in the industry in 2018. Ports are, therefore, of strategic importance to Ireland.

The complex nature of ports and the diverse range of activities and stakeholders involved can, however, make sustainable management challenging. For example, port activities are likely to expand while ports are shipping are simultaneously asked to play a role in decarbonizing the Irish economy.

​SHIP will illustrate how these issues may be overcome through the implementation of Transition Management and will actively contribute to national efforts to transition towards sustainability within these marine sectors. SHIP will specifically assist Irish ports in the development of a policy-making framework to help minimise and prevent potential environmental damage caused by unsustainable port operation practices.​


For more information follow SHIP on twitter (@project_ship) or contact Dr. Wesley Flannery (w.flannery@qub.ac.uk).


Sustainable and Holistic management of Irish Ports (SHIP) is a 3-year project funded under the EPA Research Programme 2014-2020. The EPA Research Programme is a Government of Ireland initiative funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. It is administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, which has the statutory function of co-ordinating and promoting environmental research. SHIP is co-funded by the Marine Institute.

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Effective start/end date08/04/2020 → …


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