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A rare call of a tanker to Dun Laoghaire Harbour came in the form of Thun Gemini. Take another look at the stern and note the splash!... following an exercise held alongside Carlisle Pier as the ship's free-fall lifeboat was launched. The 7,500 tons dwt 'G' class tanker - is a popular class within the Thun Tanker fleet which has resulted in 12 such ships built since 2000.
#irishports - A most unusual caller to Dun Laoghaire Harbour took place recently with the arrival of a tanker marking a rare event that has not occurred in three decades, writes Jehan Ashmore. Early on Sunday afternoon the 4,107 gross…
Customs officers will be providing information to truck drivers in the ports of Dublin and Rosslare to ensure they understand the changes that Brexit will mean for their journeys. Above: AFLOAT adds is Irish Ferries Isle of Inishmore which operates between the Wexford port and the UK through Pembroke in south Wales.
#irishports - The Revenue Commissioners, reports RTE News, is to start providing key Brexit advice for transport companies and their drivers who are transporting goods to, from or through the UK after Brexit. Revenue said the information will be vital…
Boskalis Westminster's trailing suction hopper dredger 'Freeway' (4,500m3) recently alongside Belview container terminal at the Port of Waterford which is undergoing dredging operations to maintain sufficient depths at all stages of tide for ships calling along the estuary.
#Irishports - The Port of Waterford have issued a Marine Notice in recent days to advise all ship owners, shipmasters, agents, fishing vessels, pleasure craft users, seafarers and fishery organisations of a dredging campaign, writes Jehan Ashmore. The dredging operation…
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross
#irishports - The Minister for Transport Shane Ross writes Independent.ie is under fire over the readiness of the country's main ports to cope in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Documents released to Fianna Fáil's Robert Troy under Freedom of…
Dublin Port’s Cruise Call Cutbacks ‘Will Have Catastrophic Effect On Industry’
Dublin Port’s decision to reduce cruise liner visits from 2021 has sparked concern among the wider tourism industry in Ireland. As covered last month on Afloat.ie, rising freight volumes and the need to create space due to Brexit will mean…
A Little Tern flying in Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow
#irishports - Independent.ie writes Birdwatch Ireland is "alarmed" at emergency orders that could be utilised by the Government to override planning procedures for a no-deal Brexit scenario at Dublin and Rosslare ports. The group is concerned for the safety of…
The Government has ruled out leasing ships in the event that the route to mainland Europe is affected by Brexit.
#irishports - The State faces legal and logistical complications in managing a crash-out Brexit and is relying on emergency orders to bypass normal planning procedures to prepare, internal Government documents reveal. As The Irish Times reports, work on a wide…
Ray Ryan, assistant principal in the customs division of the Revenue Commissioners, speaking at the Freight Transport Association Ireland conference at Johnstown House, Enfield, Co Meath
#irishports - Speaking to The Irish Times, Jon Goodaker does not believe it is actually possible to have a no-deal Brexit. It would just lead to too many delays, too much chaos. “There are too many variables,” said the logistics…
Aidan Flynn General Manager FTA Ireland; Declan Assist Head, School of Management; Dr Katrina Lawlor Dean, College of Business; Professor David Fitzpatrick, President TU Dublin; Edward Tersmette, policy officer, European Commission, Secretariat General, Structural Reforms Support Service (SRSS); Martin Diskin, Road Transport and Freight Policy Division, DTTAS; Dr Deirdre McQuillan, Head of Research, College of Business; Dr Amr Mahfouz , Lecturer and Project Manager, School of Management; Paul O’Reilly Head, School of Management
#irishports - At TU Dublin, Ireland's first technological university, a multi-disciplinary applied research team is working on a project to assess potential post-Brexit implications for the logistics and transportation sector. The work of the project research team will also access…
New directors appointed to port of Waterford board
#irishports - Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Shane Ross, has appointed two new directors to the board of the Port of Waterford Company following a competitive process managed by the Public Appointments Service. Waterford Live writes, William Johnston and…
Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade
#irishports - Leading experts along with Irish businesses say the Government needs to tap special funds from the EU to help offset the effects of Brexit. As the Irish Examiner reports, for hauliers, Aidan Flynn, who heads up Freight Transport…
Ro-Ro freight vessels docked in Dublin Port: P&O Ferries passenger freight ferry Norbank operates to the UK (Liverpool), the other is freight only CLdN Cobelfret's Celine dubbed the 'Brexit-Buster' as it connects directly to continental Europe (Belgium and The Netherlands) .
#IrishPorts - Plans to acquire port land the Government have said at Dublin Port and Rosslare is in order to prevent congestion caused by any new custom checks, in the event of a no-deal Brexit. According to RTE News, the…
Sotiris Raptis, EcoPorts Coordinator; Eamonn O'Reilly (re-elected) ESPO Chairman; Zeno d'Agostino, ESPO Vice-Chair; Isabelle Ryckbost, ESPO Secretary General
#Ports&Shipping - Eamonn O’Reilly has been unanimously re-elected as European Sea Ports Organisation (EPSO) Chairman following a vote of the organisation's General Assembly in Brussels yesterday afternoon. For the past two years O’Reilly has been chairing ESPO in addition he…
Cetlic Spirit been loaded with Bord na Móna milled peat moss in Dublin Port during April and recently the Cardiff registered ship called to Wicklow Port to load SRF waste used for incineration. The shortsea trader is a successor to a ship of the same name when observed on a trip to Limerick Docks more than decade ago (see link below to earlier report).
#IrishPorts - Afloat previously reported recalling in Limerick Docks more than a decade ago of a general cargoship Celtic Spirit whose successor sharing the same name recently called to Wicklow Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. To recap, firstly the call of…
This day last week, 27 October, marked the 30th anniversary (1988) at Rosyth Naval Base, Scotland where a pair of UK Royal Navy 'Peacock' class vessels that were based in Hong Kong, were handed over to the Irish Naval Service, where they continue to serve proudly and with distinction as LÉ Orla (P41) and LÉ Ciara (P42). However they are among the oldest in the fleet.
#NavalService - A pair of Peacock class UK Royal Navy patrol vessels that had been based in Hong Kong, were handed over to the Irish Naval Service 30 years ago, writes Jehan Ashmore. The pair LÉ Orla (video) the former…
Containerships in Dublin Port: BG Ireland (a former regular to the port and Cork) and Manfred berthed at Southbank Quay of Peel Ports Group operated MTL Terminal.  In the foreground is the funnel and upper vehicle /cargo deck of P&O Ferries ro-ro Norbank bound for Liverpool.
#IrishPorts  - The Irish Examiner writes that exports to EU countries rose 15% over the past year with more than half of Irish goods going to the Continent in July, official figures have shown, as calls grow for Irish ports…

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