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Shipping Review: Foggy Arklow Launch, DFDS Celebrate 150th, Brexit ‘Special Port Zones’ & Sligo Harbour Traffic Up

17th December 2016
UK BREXIT PORTS: British Ports Association (BPA) calls on UK government for 'Special Port Zones'. Above: Warrenpoint, Co. Down where Vanquish operates an Irish Sea-Bristol Channel container 'feeder' service connecting Dublin (R.O.I) Cardiff, Wales and Bristol, England. On left: Hebble Sand, a former Associated British Ports (ABP) dredger which otherwise is based in Drogheda Port. UK BREXIT PORTS: British Ports Association (BPA) calls on UK government for 'Special Port Zones'. Above: Warrenpoint, Co. Down where Vanquish operates an Irish Sea-Bristol Channel container 'feeder' service connecting Dublin (R.O.I) Cardiff, Wales and Bristol, England. On left: Hebble Sand, a former Associated British Ports (ABP) dredger which otherwise is based in Drogheda Port. Photo: Cronus Logisitics

#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene from among the following stories of recent weeks.

Particularly foggy conditions took place at the launch of Arklow's newest dry-cargo vessel, Arklow Valour in The Netherlands. This is the fourth Eco-Trader 5,150dwt ship built of 10 ‘V’ series ordered.

Ferry and freight giant, DFDS celebrated its 150th anniversary, the Danish-owned operator includes container feeder links between Ireland, Belgium and Netherlands through subsidiary DFDS Logistics. 

In response to potential administrative complications from Brexit, the British Ports Association (BPA) has called for UK government to classify ports as ‘special port zones’. 

Short-sea operator Scotline acquire tonnage as Scot Leader joins fleet that are regular Wicklow Port callers. Both operator and port are heavily engaged in trading timber cargo.

Arundo is one of 18 cargoships so far in 2016 that docked in Sligh Harbour an increase of 18% in traffic compared to last year.

Chris Hazzard, Ports Minister Northern Ireland says a new departmental ‘Brexit Planning Team’ has actively engaged with Lisahally (Foyle Port) London/Derry since the end of summer.

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