Maritime Transport Division is responsible for policy development and implementation in relation to ports and shipping.
A new National Ports Policy was published in March 2013. The core objective of National Ports Policy is to facilitate a competitive and effective market for maritime transport services.
The shipping and maritime commerce sectors are the largest direct employers in the Irish maritime economy. It has been estimated that the sector directly contributes over 40% of the total turnover for the entire marine sector.
The Department aims to foster conditions supportive of the development of Irish based ship ownership, ship management and related maritime activities.
The Irish Maritime Development Office is the Statutory Development Body responsible for the development of the Irish shipping services sector. They also have a role in advising the Minister with regard to shipping policy.