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Above signage taken in Rosslare Europort, which along with the Port of Cork according to MEP Liadh Ní Riada said the plan potentially uses these existing ports for "Brexit preparedness"
#Ports&Shipping - The European Commission has drawn up proposals for developing maritime links between Ireland and continental Europe as part of contingency plans for a possible 'no deal' Brexit outcome. As RTE News reports, Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada…
Peel Ports, a UK ports group, is calling on cargo owners, hauliers and others to look at two potential solutions to inevitable congestion at Dover (above) learning lessons from a model commonly used for Irish Sea freight and using capacity at ports across the country.
#Ports&Shipping - UK trade with continental Europe is likely to be gridlocked when Britain leaves the customs union without a fundamental rethink of English Channel roll-on roll-off (RoRo) services. Peel Ports [a UK ports group incl. Liverpool] is calling on…
Calls for funding of Irish ports with better connections to continental Europe following Brexit among them Rosslare Europort (above) where rival ferry operators complete on services to the UK and France
#IrishPorts - There are growing calls writes the Irish Examiner for additional funding to be given to ports to improve connectivity to continental Europe following Brexit. Speaking at a joint Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) and Rosslare Europort conference in…
Clare Guinness, CEO, Warrenpoint Port
Warrenpoint Port is to invest £3 million in the purchase of a new crane and the refurbishment of two further cranes at the harbour. The investment, which will significantly improve efficiency and increase capacity, forms part of a major drive…
Herald Ruijters, Director at the European Commission, DG MOVE, responsible for investments, innovative and sustainable transport at the ESPO Conference 2018 in Rotterdam
#Ports&Shipping - The European Commission published on Wednesday the proposal for the next Connecting Europe Facility (CEF II). The proposal sets out the objectives of the financial instrument and the funding modalities. In total, the Commission proposed a CEF budget…
An Irish Rail / DFDS rail-freight train alongside Belview at the Port of Waterford. The gantry cranes of the lo-lo terminal form part of the main port on the estuary.
#Ports&Shipping - Port Waterford has confirmed that the contract held by DFDS with Irish Rail to operate a freight train between Belview Port and Ballina, Co Mayo ceases tomorrow (today, 29 May). As RTE News reports, the Port of Waterford…
At the CEF Motorways of the Sea seminar on Understanding the Opportunities from the EUÕ, hosted at the Savoy Hotel in Limerick by Shannon Foynes Port Company, were from left: Prof Peter Balaz, European coordinator for the Ten - T North Sea-Mediterranean Corridor, Brian Simpson, European coordinator Motorways of the sea and Pat Keating, Chief Executive Officer at Shannon Foynes Port Company
#IrishPorts - A leading EU official overseeing a key element of the CEF ‘Motorways of the Sea’ project has confirmed that Ireland will have increased funding opportunities under the programme after plans for it were rewritten to take into account…
This morning Arklow Villa makes a final splash as the newbuild short-sea trader is the final of 10 commissioned for Arklow Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - The final newbuild of 10 short-sea traders commissioned for Arklow Shipping, the Arklow Villa was launched at a Dutch shipyard this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. Yard no. 730 Arklow Villa is singledecker built at Royal Bodewes shipyard in…
Under construction the New Ross (Co. Wexford) bypass including above a new bridge to cross the River Barrow. Afloat adds on the right side of the river (used by ships to reach the inland Port of New Ross) is Pink Rock on the Co. Kilkenny side.
#InlandWaterways - The scale of the New Ross bypass project for the layperson is as dizzying as its bridge over the River Barrow is going to be high. For starters, the Killkenny People writes the scheme is 26 years in…
Superimposed image of the proposed €100 million office development in Galway City located at Bonham Quay alongside Dun Aengus Dock. Afloat adds the basin of the Port of Galway is where the Irish Lights aids to navigation tender ILV Granuaile is docked.
#WaterfrontProperty - Mayor of Galway councillor Pearce Flannery, says the proposed €100 million development at the Docks would be a major step forward for the city. His observation writes Galway Bay FM, was made at day two of the oral…
Arklow Shipping acquires a third sister from the former Flinter Group B.V. The secondhand tonnage cargoship Flinter Arctic above anchored in Dublin Bay (with the backdrop of Dalkey) was renamed Arklow Dale. The 132m cargoship is currently operating in the Baltic Sea.
#Ports&Shipping - Arklow Dale is the first cargoship to bear the name for the Co. Wicklow based shipowner which acquired the secondhand tonnage that forms as the third D class sister, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat had been trawling through the…
A containership docked in Dublin Port
#Ports&Shipping - European ports is where ship waste has been one of the main environmental priorities, as indicated in the ESPO 2017 Sustainability Report. In its position paper on the revision of the Port Reception Facilities Directive, the European Sea…
Above the venue for European Sea Ports Conference (ESPO) Conference 2018 will be in Rotterdam for two-days: 31 May-1 June
#Ports&Shipping- The European Commission proposal for the Multi Annual Financial Framework 2021-2027 adopted on Wednesday, reserves a similar budget for the Connecting Europe Facility, the financial instrument for Transport, in the current financial period. The proposal foresees 12,8 billion EUR…
The basin of Dun Aengus Dock, Galway Port
#GalwayHarbour - The Connacht Tribune writes that the final part of the jigsaw for the Galway Harbour Company in the protracted planning process for a €126 million port extension will be submitted this month. Consultants are to lodge details of…
Ulysses, Irish Ferries 50,938grt cruiseferry on the Dublin-Holyhead route where sailings are cancelled on those operated by the largest ro-ro ferry on the Irish Sea. In this file photo the Finnish-built Ulysses is seen berthed at Dublin Ferryport Terminal 1.
#FerryNews - Ulysses, Irish Ferries cruiseferry on the Dublin-Holyhead route has sailings cancelled today (2 May) and up to Friday (4 May).  According to the operator's website this is due to technical reasons. All of the cruiseferry's operated sailings in…
European Sea Ports Organisation welcomes agreement on CO2 reduction target of emissions from shipping
#Ports&Shipping - The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomed the agreement reached at global level within the IMO to peak CO2 emissions from shipping as soon as possible and reduce them by at least 50% by 2050, compared to 2008…

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