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Maritime Experts Gather in Dublin for Global Conference

Over 280 maritime experts from Ireland, Europe, Asia and Canada gather in Dublin Castle tomorrow, for a 2-day conference organised by the Commissioners of Irish Lights. The conference will address key safety and sustainability issues relating to offshore wind farms, autonomous vessels and meeting carbon neutrality targets.

The opening address will be given by Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton T.D. The Minister says the Commissioners of Irish Lights “have brought together a fantastic line up of Irish and international leaders in maritime for Navigating to 2050. The conference programme goes to the heart of the challenges and the opportunities facing the Maritime sector and indeed the wider economy in the medium term.”

“This is a unique gathering of leaders in the maritime and sustainability arenas – particularly important for Ireland in the fact that 90% of goods traded here transit through our commercial ports. Conscious of the role of the Commissioners of Irish Lights, I am happy to announce that last week I received Government approval to ratify the *IALA Convention.”

Irish Lights CEO, Yvonne Shields O’Connor says the focus for ‘Navigating to 2050 – a safe and sustainable maritime future’ is on safe and sustainable navigation of the seas. Speakers include leading figures from Irish, European and international maritime bodies and industries, such as the European Maritime Safety Agency and the International Chamber of Shipping.


Mrs Shields O’Connor says the last few years have illustrated Ireland’s reliance on marine supply chains. “Because such a high percentage of our goods arrive by sea – much higher than any of our trading partners – securing the future of these supply chains is this vital to our economy. This means addressing issues like safe navigation, moving to alternative fuels, and harnessing the best of new tech for the marine sector.”

“All of this requires careful planning and collaboration across the maritime and energy sectors. This conference is designed to bring together the key players and influencers who are leading and shaping a new maritime future for Ireland.”
Source: Irish Lights

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