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January 19th, 2016

Port of Waterford Co reports positive performance in 2015


The Port of Waterford Company has announced increases across all categories shipped in to and out of the port at Belview in 2015.

Bulk cargo: +10%

Containers: +3%

Total cargo:1.58m tonnes +8%


  Vessels arrivals: 415 cargo vessels +3.75%


In addition, the port welcomed 16 cruise ships during 2015, providing a further positive economic spin-off for Waterford and the wider southeast as thousands of passengers took shore excursions to visitor attractions across the region. 


Commenting on the 2015 figures, Frank Ronan - CEO at the Port of Waterford Company since October – said: “Reflecting the improving macroeconomic situation, we are satisfied with the results achieved last year while obviously now focused on 2016 and beyond.


“For this year, a priority is to further grow our container business. We are also working on an overall masterplan for future development at the port in Belview and this will underpin significant opportunities for growth. We are also very positive about the prospects for regeneration of our former hub at Waterford’s North Quays in partnership with Waterford City & Council and other stakeholders.


“The port is well positioned to benefit from the Irish economic recovery which continues to gather momentum and the team here are committed to identifying and leveraging every possible inbound and outbound trading opportunity.”


January 16th 2016


New Irish Naval Service vessel to be twinned with Waterford


Port of Waterford Company is delighted to host the LE James Joyce, which berthed this morning at the Frank Cassin Wharf on the City Quays. The €50million 90-metre vessel will be twinned with Waterford in a ceremony this weekend and replaces the LE Aoife which was decommissioned.


Well done to all for making this event happen.


Oct 5th 2015


New Chief Executive


Mr. Frank Ronan has now taken over as Chief Executive, following the retirement of Stan McIlvenny. Chairman of the Port of Waterford Company, Des Whelan, said Frank Ronan will bring “a wealth of relevant business leadership and experience” to the role of chief executive. "The board look forward to working with him and the entire Port of Waterford team to ensure that the port capitalises fully on the economic recovery that’s now underway,” he said.


The chairman also hailed Stan McIlvenny’s contribution as Chief Executive since July of 2003. “The reorganisation that he led and his astute management of the Port through the economic downturn leave the company well-positioned for growth.”

June 5th 2015


New Chief Executive


Mr. Frank Ronan has been appointed Chief Executive-designate, to succeed Mr. Stan McIlvenny, who retires in October 2015. 


Chairman of the Port of Waterford Company, Des Whelan, welcomed the appointment following a rigorous selection process.  


Mr. Stan McIlvenny’s will continue to lead the company and facilitate a smooth handover when the time comes.




February 23rd 2015


Harbour Bye-Laws - for public consultation


Port of Waterford Company proposes to amend its Bye-laws, under Section 42 of the Harbours Act 1996 (as amended by Section 58(c) of the Maritime Safety Act 2005).

The period for public consultation has now concluded.


September 8th 2014

Port of Waterford Company is pleased to announce new directorships to the Board.

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport has made a number of new appointments to the Board of Directors of Port of Waterford Company.

They are:

Des Whelan (Chairman), Joe Dreelan, Louise Grubb, Mary Mosse and Jack Walsh


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