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Afloat has monitored in tracking Isis, one of three timber-trading coasters that docked in Wicklow Port yesterday. The veteran coaster laden with 'round-timber' loaded in Scotland from where a further two cargoships also yesterday discharged in the Irish port 2,000 tonnes in total of logged timber.
#Ports&Shipping - It was busy in Wicklow Port following the St. Patrick's Holiday Monday as a trio of timber traders arrived yesterday to dicharge cargoes and then depart within the same day, writes Jehan Ashmore. Round timber (i.e. logs) which…
rish Exporters Association CEO Simon McKeever with Glenn Carr, general manager freight rail/road & Rosslare Europort, Iarnród Éireann; Eddie Cullen, managing director, commercial banking division, Ulster Bank; Jarlath Sweeney, group editor/director, Fleet Transport; and Declan Sinnott, managing director, Rhenus Logistics Ireland, at a recent Brexit event.
#Ports&Shipping - Exporters from Ireland writes the are pumping more of their products into the UK despite Brexit, a survey shows. Around the time of UK's EU referendum in June 2016, just under a third of exporters said they…
Coaster Fast Will docked along Drogheda Port's town quays with the famous backdrop of the Boyne (Dublin-Belfast railway) Viaduct at 30 metres-high (98 ft) and spanning the historical river. On the horizon is where the port's main modern berthing facility at Tom Roes Point Terminal is sited closer to the mouth of the Boyne.
#Ports&Shipping - A public consultation process launched by Drogheda Port Company wants to hear from the local community before drafting a Master Plan that will secure the future of the Co. Louth port for decades to come. The master planning…
Scot Carrier is being built by the same Dutch yard and will be similar to the Scot Leader (above) which is a caller to Wicklow Port where timber products are imported from Sweden.
#Ports&Shipping - Scotline which chiefly operates in Scandinavian forest products imports among those to Ireland, have announced the signing of a contract with a Dutch shipyard to build a 4,785dwt Bodewes trader. The description of the newbuild refers to the…
Strategic investments in ports through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF II) for the financial period 2021-2028
#Ports&Shipping- A submission by the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) of its contribution to the public consultation in preparation of the new Connecting Europe Facility (CEF II) for the financial period 2021-2028 was presented last week.  To prepare its submission,…
Gion Trader a chemical tanker (from Avonmouth, UK) Maersk Ahram, lo-lo containership (from Liverpool) and Karin Schepers also a lo-lo ship from Bilbao,Spain docked in Dublin Port yesterday.
#Ports&Shipping - European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has developed a position paper to submit to the negotiators now that Brexit has entered the second phase. With this paper, ESPO calls on the Brexit negotiators to prioritise transport and more in…
The Great South Wall of the Port of Dublin which won the ESPO Award in 2015. Is your port creating a better working environment for all?... if so submit your project for ESPO Award 2018!
#Ports&Shipping - This year marks the tenth edition of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award on Societal Integration in which Afloat adds the Port of Dublin won in 2015. The theme for 2018 is “ports as a good work…
European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed in principle the substantial progress achieved of the existing Directive. Above: unloading of containers in Dublin Port.
#Ports&Shipping - The European Commission last week published the new proposal on the revision of the Port Reception Facilities (PRF) Directive. In response to the new proposal, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed in principle its objective to…
Newport, south Wales is a steel, metals, recycling, and renewable energy hub. Afloat noted a trend in ships trading between Wicklow and the Welsh port last year. Afloat adds in Newport today is Arklow Rebel, though the 'R' class short-sea trader had arrived from La Pallice on the French west coast.
#Ports&Shipping - Five ports in south Wales that are part of Associated British Ports (ABP) a major UK ports operator, saw the group's regional network handle 12.5 million tonnes of cargo in 2017. The strong performance of ABP South Wales…
European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the fact that the Commission proposal is stressing the importance of an open investment environment. Above: Ringaskiddy Deep Water Terminal located in lower Cork Harbour, is where larger and deep draft ships are increasingly calling to the Port of Cork.
#Ports&Shipping - The European Commission published a Proposal for a Regulation last September, establishing a framework for screening of foreign direct investments into the EU and a Communication entitled “Welcoming foreign direct Investment while Protecting Essential Interests”. The European Sea…
Clare Guinness has been appointed as the new CEO at Warrenpoint Port, Co. Down, the first female head of any port on the island of Ireland. Afloat adds the above container handling operations of the lo-lo Vanquish which in 2015 launched Cronus Logistics Irish Sea feeder services linking Dublin, Cardiff, Avonmouth and Bristol. These services are now operated by Greta which was renamed last month having been the Saga.
#Ports&Shipping-  Clare Guinness has been appointed as the new chief executive officer by the Warrenpoint Harbour Authority, the first female head of any port on the island of Ireland. She joins from Fane Valley Group, where she held the position,…
Among ICG's container division EUCON fleet is Elbetrader, the 974 TEU capacity containership is seen berthed at the DFT terminal in Dublin Port. At the time of this posting, the Cypriot flagged vessel was docked in Rotterdam.
#IEAexportAwards – At this year’s IEA Export Industry Awards, the winner in the category of Maritime Services Company of the Year, sponsored by the Irish Maritime Development Office went to Irish Continental Group’s Container & Terminal Division. The division includes…
At the Maritime Ball held in Arklow are Michele Roche; Paul Roche President of the Irish Institute of Irish Mariners; Andrew Sheen President of the Irish Chamber of Shipping and Ayshea Sheen.
#MaritimeBall - From around the country over 160 people were treated to some top class hospitality as the Irish Institute of Master Mariners and the Irish Chamber of Shipping held the Marine Ball in the Arklow Bay Hotel, writes The…
Irish Rail's freight line is seen at the top of photo with the Port of Waterford's Belview container terminal where DFDS Logistics operate multimodal services to mainland continental Europe. In this file photo is the containership, Dana Hollandica
#Railfreight - It was another year of increases to rail freight traffic on Iarnród Éireann / Irish Rail (IÉ) during 2016 according to MultiModal, with the number of freight trains operated being up 6% and tonnes carried up by 8%…
ASL acquire secondhand tonnage in the form of Flinter Atlantic from a former Dutch operator that became bankrupt last year.  Above is a sister, Flinter Arctic at anchorage off Dalkey in south Dublin Bay.
#ports&shipping - In a break from the norm Arklow Shipping has acquired secondhand tonnage following a splurge of newbuilds delivered over recent years, writes Jehan Ashmore. The latest addition, Arklow Dawn brings a revised fleet total to 52 multipurpose vessels.…
Quayside cargo handling operations underway as a vessel is seen docked in the north-western port
#ports&shipping - A record-breaking 50% rise in profits has been announced by Foyle Ports and the news has led to the company's "strongest financial performance" in its 162-year history. The Irish News reports that the Derry port reported its fifth…

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