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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.
Ports & Shipping
#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…
Lisahally, the main Port of London/Derry (Foyle Port)
Ports & Shipping
#FoylePort - Chris Hazzard the Ports Minister says a new departmental ‘Brexit Planning Team’ has been actively engaging with the authorities at Lisahally since the end of the summer. As the Derry Journal writes the Minister said talks will continue…
Sligo Harbour has had 18 vessels so far dock in 2016, an increase of 18% traffic on last year
Ports & Shipping
#SligoShip - Sligo Harbour has a general cargoship in port today, Arundo one of 18 vessels so far that docked in 2016 an increase of 18% in traffic compared to last year, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat had monitored the cargoship…
Was Galway Port Sabotaged? (Podcast)
Island Nation
In my last Podcast, I expressed the opinion that it is strange how things happen. This was again underlined for me as I prepared the new edition of my maritime programme which you can listen to below. Galway Port Company…
Scotline's newly acquired 90m general cargoship Scot Leader joins a fleet that are regular Wicklow Port callers. Only this day last week a fleetmate Scot Ranger departed the east coast port which likewise of the shipowners are heavily involved in trading timber products.
Ports & Shipping
#NewcomerShip – Short-sea operator Scotline have acquired Odertal this month and renamed as Scot Leader joined the company fleet that are regular Wicklow Port callers, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 90m general cargoship Odertal registered in Antigua and Barbuda underwent drydocking…
Warrenpoint Harbour Authority which in recent years hosted an annual conference of the British Ports Association. The  BPA in a Post-Brexit environment is calling on the UK government to classify port areas and surrounding clusters as ‘special port zones’.
Ports & Shipping
#BrexitPorts - The British Ports Association (BPA) in response to potential administrative complications that could arise from Brexit, is calling for the UK government to classify port areas and surrounding clusters as ‘special port zones’. As Container Management writes, BPA…
King Seaways a cruiseferry of DFDS Seaways departing Newcastle in the UK bound for Amsterdam. The 2,280 passenger car-ferry had served on the Ireland-France link for Brittany Ferries as Val de Loire from 1993. Note the forward slanting superstructure, a legacy of the French ferry company that added this feature after acquiring the German built TT Line Nils Holgersson. At more than 31,000 gross tonnage she was then the largest ferry operating in Irish waters.
Ports & Shipping
[email protected] - DFDS celebrates its 150th anniversary today, the giant Danish ferry and freight operator is northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company which includes container operations connecting Ireland, writes Jehan Ashmore. On 11 December 1866, the famous Danish…
Aran Islands Lifeline: Cargoship Bláth na Mara (1983/330grt) is the main Aran Islands freight-only vessel that is based out of Galway Port as seen berthed at the harbour's outer pier.
Ports & Shipping
#AranIslands – As talks today to resolve the ongoing Aran Islands ferries dispute over passenger levies with Galway County Council, Afloat.ie takes a snapshot of a separate but freight-only operator providing vital supplies to islanders, writes Jehan Ashmore. The affected…
A view from the bridge: RMS St. Helena's cargo deck hatch hold covers as seen in June when moored during a 'first ever visit' to the UK capital at the Pool of London. In the background the historic financial district of the City of London and skyscraper of 20 Fenchurch St. nicknamed the 'The Walkie Talkie' building given its unique shape.
Ports & Shipping
#MarineMoney - Four days after the inauguration of the new US President in early 2017, Marine Money together with Anchor Sponsor KMARIN/KOTAM will host the 8th Annual Marine Money London Forum on Wednesday 25th January. Amongst the Forum topics will…
Bulker Xo Lion berthed at Port Talbot's deepwater jetty predominantly used to importing coking coal, minerals and ores to the Tata Steel plant in south Wales. The last such steelworks in Ireland, ISPAT Irish Steel closed in 2001, though the legacy of heavy industry remains at the site on Haulbowline Island where remediation works on waste spoils are to be completed by mid-2018.
Ports & Shipping
#SteelPort - Upgrading infrastructure work at ABP’s port of Newport, south Wales involved an engineering firm from Port Talbot where also located is the giant steelworks of Tata Steel whose 4,000 strong workforce recieved much welcomed news yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
The upgraded cranes at Newport, south Wales is to boost cargo capability capacity plus where cruise operator CMV's Magellan is to offer direct cruises to Dublin and Norwegian fjords in season 2017
Ports & Shipping
#Cranes&Cruises – Two ports in south Wales operated by Associated British Ports (ABP) have invested over £2.8 million in the refurbishment of five cranes at Newport and Swansea, writes Jehan Ashmore. The work which took 14 months to improve operational…
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: Brexit has revived a dormant territorial dispute between Britain and the Republic of Ireland…
Operating a new Ireland-Turkey export livestock service, the cattleship Brahman Express (loaded with 3,000 weanlings) was monitored by Afloat heading through the Irish Sea this week
Ports & Shipping
#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene from among the following stories over the last fortnight. The iShip Index published by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) recorded shipping and port volumes in the Republic rose by 2% in…
In stark contrast the clear blue skies above the shipyard at Hoogezand are newbuild sisters Arklow Valley (now in service) and on the stocks Arklow Valour which was launched yesterday
Ports & Shipping
#FoggyLaunch - In particularly foggy conditions Arklow Shipping's newest dry-cargo vessel Arklow Valour was launched in the Netherlands yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Dutch flagged 2,999 gross tonnage general cargsoship (yard No. 725) was launched sideways off the stocks at…
The distinctive ventilation shafts of the livestock-carrier, Brahman Express which Afloat tracked in the Irish Sea this afternoon having departed Greenore Port is bound for Turkey
Ports & Shipping
#CattleShip - In monitoring Irish Sea shipping movements Afloat.ie noted a livestock carrier that had departed Greenore Port, Co. Louth today is bound for Turkey, writes Jehan Ashmore. The purpose built livestock carrier Brahman Express with a cattle capacity pen…
From left to right: UKSA CEO Ben Willows, UKSA student and Sea Cadet Jake Strachan, Fisgard Association representative Stephen White and UKSA Cadet Manager Emma Baggett
Ports & Shipping
Sea Cadet and UKSA Professional Yacht Cadet Jake Strachan, aged 18 from Peterhead, Aberdeenshire has been awarded the prestigious Fisgard Plate in recognition of his achievements in his Sea Cadet Class One Marine Engineering examinations. UKSA are a youth charity…

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