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BG Freight Line will take delivery of quartet of containerships for Ireland-UK northern Europe services after delivery from a Chinese shipyard due to enter service in 2018
Ports & Shipping
#NewContainerships - Container operator, BG Freight Line, a subsidiary of UK based Peel Ports Group, is to receive new tailor-made short-sea 'feeder' containerships optimised for the company’s Irish Sea Hub services. The new class of ‘green’ vessels has been developed…
Multicat workboat, Sgt Pepper seen making a transit of Dalkey Sound, was among the recent customers of Mooney Boats, Co. Donegal
Ports & Shipping
#Boatyard - Multicat workboat, Sgt Pepper which carries out marine coastal project work was among the recent clients of Mooney Boats, Killybegs, Co. Donegal, writes Jehan Ashmore. The workboat earlier this year was involved in an RNLI related project in Dun…
ABP’s Port of Ayr which has recorded one of its busiest days in the last 25 years, with five vessels calling at the Firth of Clyde port last week.
Ports & Shipping
#BusiestDay - On the Firth of Clyde, Scotland is ABP’s Port of Ayr which has recorded one of its busiest days in the last 25 years, with five vessels calling at the port last week. Overall, it was one of…
Former US Army landing craft (on right) Chateau-Thierry at Kilronan, Inishmore, Aran Islands transported generators to power-stricken neighbouring islands. Note the square shaped bow-landing ramp for vehicles and transferring heavy loads.
Ports & Shipping
#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene from recent weeks. The cargsoship that transported generators to restore electricity supply to two of the Aran Islands, Afloat has identified as a former US Army landing craft vessel, MV Chateau-Thierry, which operates a…
DFDS Logistics announced in March this year to double rail-freight capacity between Belview, Port of Waterford and Ballina, Co. Mayo
Ports & Shipping
#DFDSgroup - European shipping and logistics operator, DFDS Group, writes LloydsLoadingList.com has raised its outlook for 2016 after a strong performance in the second quarter in which its freight volumes were up 33%. The increase is thanks to its much-expanded…
A typical cargo for Arklow Shipping, grain was loaded onto Arklow Beacon at the the UK Port of Ipswich, Essex, which handled a record 1m tonnes of grain for the 2015/16 harvest year
Ports & Shipping
#HarvestCargo - The UK’s number one grain exporting port, ABP's Port of Ipswich, has handled more than one million tonnes of grain in the 2015/16 harvest year, a record total for the port and its customers. In the last 12…
The UK's new Transport Minister recently visited Peel Port's new £400m Liverpool2 terminal. The giant rail-mounted container gantry cranes arrived in May by ship from China
Ports & Shipping
#UKtransportMinister - The UK Government's new Sectary of State for Transport met with operators Peel Ports to view the latest developments at the £400m Liverpool2 investment in the city’s deep-water container terminal.  The MP Chris Grayling, visited the Port of Liverpool…
Berthed next to Kilronan Pier, Inishmore, Aran Islands in June 2009 the trawler, Iolair, coaster Stenland and roll-on roll-off cargo freight-ferry, Chateau-Thierry. The former US Army landing craft vessel recently transported electrical generators to the neighbouring islands.
Ports & Shipping
#AranCargoship - The cargsoship that transported generators to restore electricity supply to two of the Aran Islands this week, Afloat has identified as a former US Army landing craft vessel, writes Jehan Ashmore. The generators were craned off the MV…
CalMac's Ardrossan-Campbeltown ferry, M.V. Isle of Arran at the Mull of Kintyre port in June. On the New Quay are stacked round timber (logs) for export by cargoship. The berth in the foreground is currently occupied by 5-star cruise tallship, Sea Cloud II having called yesterday to Dublin and tomorrow, Belfast.
Ports & Shipping
#PortSnapShot – Campbeltown, Scotland, almost at the tip of the Mull of Kintyre and a mere 19 km/12 miles from Northern Ireland, is where the impressive cruise tallship, Sea Cloud II is visiting today, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 5-star ultra-luxury…
Arklow Valley, a 5150dwat Bodewes Eco-Trader which is the third cargoship to bear this name for the company. The 90m newbuild was launched at Royal Bodewes yard, Hoogezand in the Netherlands
Ports & Shipping
#ShippingReview - Jehan Ashmore reviews the shipping scene from recent weeks. Arklow Shipping’s latest 5,150dwat cargoship newbuild built by Royal Bodewes, a Dutch yard in north-east Netherlands, launched Arklow Valley with a sideway splash into the waterway. A Wicklow Port…
Elbetrader, one of an octet of containerships of the EUCON fleet, a division of ICG, berthed also at their DFT terminal, Dublin Port
Ports & Shipping
#More45ftUnits - Irish Continental Group's (ICG) Eucon, one of three container divisons, which operates Ireland-France/Belgium 'feeder' services, have increased their 45ft unit capacity. The 300 new 45ft units were manufactured at the CIMC factory in Nantong, China. This latest batch…
One of the largest containerships serving Dublin 'feede'r routes to the UK, the 2,207 (TEU) capacity Nicolas Delmas of CMA-CGM departs Peel Ports MTL Terminal. The Rinsgend terminal is also from where Maersk subsidiary Seago Line recently introduced a larger replacement containership.
Ports & Shipping
#IEAonBrexit - Irish Exporters Association members in which an overwhelming 92% of them believe the decision by the UK to leave the European Union will have a harmful effect on their business. UTV News says the IEA published the results…
Maersk subsidiary, Seago Line introduces larger containership, Independent Accord on their feeder service: Dublin-Liverpool-Algeciras, Spain. The newcomer replaces Antwerp seen arriving at Liverpool.
Ports & Shipping
#LargerShip - Maersk subsidiary Seago Line has introduced a larger capacity load-on /load-off (lo-lo) containership to its recently created feeder service calling at Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Independent Accord (2007/20,995gt) operates the new container route between Algeciras-Liverpool-Dublin that…
The deck gantry-mounted JCB used to self-discharge cargoes of single-hold general cargoship coaster, Burhou 1, berthed unusually alongside Wicklow Port’s non-commercial East Pier. The veteran vessel dating from 1978, has been involved in CalMac’s ferry redevelopment project at Brodick, Isle of Arran, south-west Scotland.
Ports & Shipping
#CargoTerminal - A Wicklow Port regular, cargoship Burhou I, has been involved in assisting construction of a new ferryport, away from routine ‘bread and butter’ cargoes such as round timber, writes Jehan Ashmore. Among the various work related vessels at…
On the stocks: Arklow Valley, a 5150dwat Bodewes Eco-Trader which is the third cargoship to bear this name for the company. The 90m newbuild was launched this morning at Royal Bodewes yard, Hoogezand in the Netherlands
Ports & Shipping
#ThirdValley - Another addition to Arklow Shipping’s latest series of newbuilds built by Royal Bodewes, a Dutch yard in north-east Netherlands, was launched this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Yard no.724, Arklow Valley, a 5,150dwat Bodewes Eco-Trader (yard's own design), is…
The impact of the Brexit fallout has been discussed by Stena Line and separately by the UK Chamber of Shipping that has called for free trade Commission assistance
Ports & Shipping
#IMDOreview - The latest Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) Weekly Market Review has among the following stories as outlined below. Irish Maritime News: Brexit: Stena Line Discuss the Impact of Brexit - As reported also on Afloat.ie, Stena Line has…
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