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The British Ports Association (BPA) represents the interests of 86% of UK port trade to the various tiers of Government and beyond. Above the Irish Sea port of Liverpool in north-west England is part of the Peel Ports Group (incl. Greenock (Clydeport), Scotland) is a member of the BPA. The group operates through a subsidiary, BG Freight Line with lo-lo services among them involving Greenock, Liverpool and Dublin (incl. running of the MTL container terminal)
Ports in the UK represented by the British Ports Association (BPA) today welcomed the launch of the bidding process and the publication of the bidding prospectus for Freeports in England. According to the BPA they have been promoting a port…
The Hutchison-operated Port of Felixstowe (as above) and DP World’s Southampton and London Gateway facilities are all currently congested, says Flexport executive. In Afloat's file photo is of the UK's biggest containerport where the giant 'box-boat' Mette Maersk serves the the major Europe-Asia trade.
LloydsLoadingList reports that Europe has become a 'two-speed' ocean logistics market with continental Europe managing heavy fourth quarter import flows far better than the UK. The two-speed analysis is according to Christoph Baumeister, Trade Manager Far East-Europe, at Flexport. He…
Will Ireland's Fastnet Rock be the only Great Unchangeable? If the Royal Ocean Racing Club Executive's decision of a year ago to change the finish for the next two Fastnet Races in 2021 and 2023 to Cherbourg is upheld at an EGM of all members on December 7th, then Irelands Fastnet Rock will be the only enduring feature of the course of a race which was first staged in 1925
It says everything about the iconic nature of the Royal Ocean Racing Club's Fastnet Race that a General Meeting about the route for the race, which should be a private matter among the admittedly many members of the RORC, has…
Nicolas Troussel was not injured in the dismasting
French skipper Nicolas Troussel, who was lying in seventh place in the Vendée Globe, has dismasted on CORUM L’Épargne this morning. He was racing south in brisk NE’ly trade wind conditions some 260 nautical miles NW of the Cape Verde…
Galway's Seaweed Point between Blackrock and Silverstrand which is accessed at low tide
Galway RNLI's deputy launching authority (DLA) has appealed to people not to try to swim ashore if caught in a tidal situation while walking.  Paul Carey, DLA at the Galway station, issued his appeal after the rescue of a man…
Aviation Manager - The Irish Coast Guard (IRCG)
The Irish Coast Guard (IRCG), a division of the Department of Transport, provides a nationwide maritime emergency service as well as a variety of services to shipping and other government agencies. The Aviation Manager will occupy a senior management post…
Vendee Globe British skipper Alex Thomson
As he leads onto the trade winds motorway down the Atlantic, between the Canary Islands and the Cape Verdes, British skipper Alex Thomson is expected to increase his lead at the head of the Vendee Globe fleet as his foiling…
RYANI’s Virtual AGM Reflects on Achievements in a Difficult Year
RYA Northern Ireland held its first-ever virtual AGM earlier this month, reflecting on a different but successful year for the sport leading up to April 2020. Guests at the meeting included RYA chief executive RYA Sarah Treseder OBE, chair Chris…
Inisturk island had a very good tourist season this year, in spite of guesthouses being closed due to Covid-19
Over four years ago, the Mayo island of Inishturk was inundated with inquiries after the word went out that it was offering a safe haven for North Americans who had not voted for Donald Trump.  Now, even Mr Trump himself…
Royal St George Now Taking Orders for Deluxe Christmas Hampers
The Royal St George Yacht Club is now taking orders for its deluxe Christmas hampers. Members can surprise their loved ones and friends this Christmas with a fantastic gift from their club, featuring a selection of preserves from Wexford Home…
The Tokyo 2021 field of play. Download the NOR below
The Notice of Race of the Tokyo Olympic Games has been published by World Sailing, the sailing regatta will take place from July 25 to August 4. Following the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to 2021, World Sailing…
All proceeds from the sale of The Lighthouse Storybook will directly support the work of Children in Hospital Ireland and the Northern Ireland Hospice
Young authors have contributed to a new book published by The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) which aims to benefit two charities. The organisation’s Young Storykeepers’ Project has put together The Lighthouse Storybook, a collection of stories written by young…
Jérémie Beyou - news of his return to the race expected today
On a chill, grey November afternoon a drawn and disappointed Jérémie Beyou was touched by the size and warmth of the welcome afforded to the French Vendee Globe skipper on his premature return to Les Sables d’Olonne with his damaged…
Dublin Bay's Great South Wall Closed Due to Tide Height & Dangerous Winds
Due to the forecasted Southerly winds issued by Met Eireann for Sunday 15th and Monday 16th November 2020 combined with approaching high spring tides of 4.3m and a possible tidal surge of 0.45m which may pose a risk to walkers…
The McWilliam Sailing bag range - they look great, they’re durable and they’re functional.
Long-lasting McWilliam Sailing Bags have launched a new range to go with their distinctive stripe bags. To celebrate the launch Afloat readers can avail of a special 10% discount offer at the bottom of this page. Synonymous with sailing in Ireland,…
Cracker looking sharp with her 3Di sails
North Sails 3Di is leading the way on more and more race winners in Ireland. Working with Royal Cork's Denis Byrne and the crew of the Trapper T250 Cracker has been a rewarding experience watching the crew develop and improve…
File image of a surfer at Brims Ness near Thurso in the Scottish Highlands
Scotland’s vast potential for sailing and adventure tourism post-Covid-19 is the focus of a new webinar series next week. Marine Industry News reports on the online inaugural Adventure Tourism Week, an initiative of VisitScotland, Wild Scotland and Sail Scotland. The…
Dead Swan on Lough Beg Found to Have Bird Flu
The BBC has reported that a wild swan found dead earlier this week at Lough Beg near Toomebridge, a small village on the North West corner of Lough Neagh has tested positive for Bird Flu. Lough Beg is a small…
RNLI Newcastle All-weather lifeboat Eleanor and Bryant Girling
Just three days after the return of Newcastle RNLI station's D class lifeboat, Eliza, after a refit, in the late afternoon yesterday, Belfast Coastguard requested the immediate launch of the both the station's Lifeboats to reports of an overdue swimmer…
Cork’s New Direct Shipping Link with Zeebrugge is Hot Topic of ‘Bringing Europe Closer’ Webinar This Month
Cork’s new Brexit-busting Ro-Ro freight link with Zeebrugge will be the focus of discussion at a special webinar on Thursday 26 November. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Port of Cork facilitated CLdN’s establishing a new direct shipping route from…

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