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Arklow Cape was launched today in the Netherlands and will join the Irish flagged fleet with a port of registry at Arklow. Initially she flies the Dutch flag (see mainmast) before been officially handed over to her Irish owners.
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#CapeLaunch – A cargoship was launched today for Irish owners as the second of 10 in a new series from a shipyard in the Netherlands, writes Jehan Ashmore. Ferus Smit’s Dutch yard in Westerbroek, is where the single hold 5,054dwt cargoship,…
Ro-Ro freight trailers and Lo-Lo containers are the mainstay of Dublin Port’s business
Dublin Port
Dublin Port has announced new figures showing a 6.8% increase in trade volumes for the first nine months of the year. The current pace of growth puts Dublin Port on course for a record year for the third year in…
Irish Sea Trading: A total €9.5bn worth in goods were exported from Ireland to the UK in the period January-August 2016
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#IrishEXports - A total €9.5bn worth of goods were exported to the United Kingdom in the first eight months of this year, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO). As reported on Newstalk, this represented a €300m drop from the…
Rosslare Europort
Ports & Shipping
#Shipping - Five people were found in a shipping container in Wexford at the weekend, as reports. The three men, a woman and a young girl, all believed to be Kurdish, were discovered at a haulage yard in New…
Afloat paid a visit on the historic occasion of the last ever ship, Arklow Fame to use Dublin Graving Docks. The decision to close the largest dry-dock facility in the state has been described as 'lamentable' by the Maritime Institute of Ireland
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#Lamentable – The decision to close the largest graving dock in the state in Dublin Port has been described as ‘lamentable’ by the Maritime Institute of Ireland, writes Jehan Ashmore. According to the M.I.I.’s latest biannual newsletter, the Institute expresses…
Irish exports: The container terminal of the Doyle Shipping Group in Dublin
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#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene from among the following stories over the last fortnight. In the 'Top 150 Born in Ireland' report, according to the Irish Exporters Association (IEA) the leading largest indigenous companies in that sector…
Last batch of giant cranes on board Zhenhua 8 that departed China to be installed at the £400m Liverpool2 container terminal (above) that is due to have a 'formal' opening next month
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#GiantCranes - The last batch of giant cranes for the Irish Sea's newest container terminal, the £400m Liverpool2 deep-water port development arrived by sea from China onto the River Mersey in recent days. In May, Afloat reported on the first delivery…
Ardmore Shipping appoints Jorge Lavin as new Financial Controller
Ports & Shipping
#Appointment - Ardmore Shipping Corporation which relocated its Principal Operating Office from Mahon outside Cork to the city centre in recent months, has appointed Jorge Lavin as the company's Financial Controller. In his new position, Jorge is closely involved in helping…
Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has spoken of the UK to move frontline immigration controls to Irish ports and airports so to avoid  a ‘hard border’
Ports & Shipping
#IrishBrexitPorts- Irish ports and airports is where the UK are proposing to transfer frontline immigration controls to, writes The Irish Independent in measures to avoid enforcing a ‘hard border’ between the North and the Republic. Northern Ireland Secretary, James Brokenshire, has…
A Port of Cork pilot cutter, Failte underway at speed
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#Pilotage - The Irish Institute of Master Mariners, together with the Port of Cork, NMCI Ports and the Nautical Institute (Irish Branch) are to host a major conference on Pilotage. The two-day conference at the National Maritime College of Ireland…
Des Branigan was an able seaman with Irish Shipping
Ports & Shipping
#IrishShipping - Tributes have been paid to Irish Shipping veteran Des Branigan, who died recently aged 98, as The Irish Times reports. The Dubliner was among the first recruits of the Irish Shipping company — merchant sailors who put their…
Sligo's Irish Coast Guard SAR helicopter
#Coastguard - Early this morning the Sligo-based Irish Coast Guard helicopter completed the medical evacuation of an injured crewman from a large tanker some 350km off Eagle Island in Co Mayo. The overnight operation was jointly co-ordinated with the UK…
Containership at the DSG lo-lo facility, Dublin Port
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#ExportBrexit - In the 'Top 150 Born in Ireland' report, according to the Irish Exporters Association (IEA), leading companies in that sector generated around €140bn in turnover last year. The Investec-backed study lists Ireland's largest indigenous companies by sales with…
A rare example of an Irish built carferry, Spirit of Rathlin after been lowered onto the River Avoca, Arklow by the giant floating crane-barge, Lara 1
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#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene from among stories of recent weeks. Waterford Harbour Board celebrated its bicentenary and launched the port's business plan up to 2020 with a strategy for growth at the Belview facility through a…
Stern view of giant containership Gustav Maeark
Ports & Shipping
#IMDOreview: The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) Weekly Market Review which is produced in-house returns this week with coverage of domestic and global shipping news. Irish Maritime News: Objectors fear marine test site could facilitate fish farm. The Connaught Tribune claimed this week…
Today is the IMO's World Maritime Day Forum which features a live streaming debate ‘Global Shipping’s Future Challenges’ today at 15.15hrs for you to also join in on twitter
Ports & Shipping
#WorldMaritimeDay - The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) World Maritime Day Forum takes place today and the theme for 2016 is "Shipping: Indispensable to the World". The IMO forum will also today include a debate ‘Global Shipping’s Future Challenges’ at 15.15hrs…

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