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IMDO Ireland

The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) is the State Agency responsible for the development and promotion of the Irish shipping services sector and related industries. Since its creation, the office has focused on implementing a strategy that will underpin the long-term sustainable development of the Irish shipping services sector.

The shipping services sector in Ireland is a dynamic multifaceted industry and it contains many different niche components such as maritime finance, banking, legal and technology sectors, shipbroking, ship management, ship ownership, ship agency, ports, liner shipping, education and training. When combined, these segments form an essential part of the Irish economic strategic infrastructure that facilitates the Irish economy to connect with the global market. A key component of this industry is its lifeblood, the seafarer.

Life at sea
Life at sea has always appealed to young people who want to combine travel with a challenging career offering exciting future prospects. This is the life for those who relish the challenge of working with the sea – one of Nature’s most powerful and temperamental elements.

Ships carry 95% of world trade and seaborne traffic is forecast to double by the year 2010. This is generating a great demand for high-quality personnel to manage and operate today’s technically sophisticated ships. Ship’s Officers are key members of a highly qualified team, whether on a giant supertanker, a container ship, a cross-channel ferry, a cruise liner, a specialised vessel servicing the offshore oil industry or on a small cargo ship.

National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI)
Merchant Navy Officers are trained at Ireland’s new National Maritime College, located in Cork harbour close to Haulbowline Naval Base. A combination of state of the art fire fighting, sea survival and simulator facilities ensure that the NMCI leads the world in navigation and marine engine technology.

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