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A container ship berthed at Dublin Port
A document providing Covid-19 information relating to the Maritime Sector in Ireland has been recently released by the Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport. The 26-page document titled “Maritime Sector COVID-19 related information” was released by DTTAS on Friday and…
File image of Dublin Port
It’s business as usual at the Irish Maritime Development Office — albeit remotely for now to protect employees, clients and stakeholders amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The IMDO says it is firmly committed to supporting the Department of Transport, Tourism…
As AFLOAT reported last week the Irish Exporters Association in conjunction with the Irish Dept of Transport held an online webiner to discuss the impact of Covid-19. Likewise in the UK, the British Ports Association (BPA) will be holding a webinar later this week for its port members to address the issues outlined in a short paper on the employment implications for UK ports (among them as above the Port of Dover) as the shipping industry addresses the global coronavirus pandemic.
The UK ports industry undertakes a vital role in Britain's economy, facilitating trade, fuel, energy, fishing, recreation and tourism. All tiers of the UK Government and the industry are committed to ports staying open to help sustain the country during…
Focus on Freight: A pair of new RTG's (rubber tyred gantry) cranes for Doyle Shipping Group's (DSG) container terminal in Dublin Port were discharged from UAL Focus in Alexandra Basin while along Ocean Pier yesterday. A further part-cargo of a STS (ship to shore) crane was also loaded on board the German owned heavy-lift vessel in Cork Harbour was shipped to Belfast Harbour for use by the port commissioners.
Afloat tracked a heavy-lift vessel berth in Belfast Harbour today having sailed from Dublin Port and from where in both ports project cargoes consisting of container infrastructure had been loaded in Cork Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Portuguese flagged heavy-lift…
An aerial view of Dublin Port
According to the Irish Exporters Association, the ESRI report which said the economy could shrink by at least 7.1% this year is a stark warning of what is to come. The association repeated its call for the Government to begin…
Portree lifeboat approaches the grounded cargo ship MV Kaami
An exclusion zone was set up around a cargo ship out of Drogheda that ran aground in Scotland’s Hebrides earlier this week, as it was battered by persisting storm conditions. As previously reported on, eight crew were airlifted from…
Irish Exporters Association with Dept. of Transport is tomorrow (Friday, 27 March at 1300hrs) to hold a webiner to discuss the latest COVID-19 situation including invitation to join in the discussion. Noting Registration is required to participate in this event.
The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) announced yesterday in conjunction with the Department of Transport that tomorrow (Friday, 27 March at 1300) they are to hold a webiner to discuss the latest COVID-19 situation. A Q&A session will be part of the…
Temporary Measures To Minimise Impact Of Covid-19 On Ports & Shipping
Temporary measures are being put in place in relation to the validity of both seafarers’ documents and the survey and certification of Irish-registered ships impacted as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Marine Notice No 14 of 2020 outlines measures…
File photo of Warrenpont Port, AFLOAT adds were Arklow Shipping general cargo ships meet (today the Arklow Rainbow arrived to the Co. Down port) having crossed the Irish Sea from Garston Port on the estuary of the River Mersey. On the right is the bunker tanker, Mersey Spirit managed by John H. Whitaker (Tankers) Runcorn. AFLOAT over the years as reported regularly when the small ship supplied fuel to diverse vessels throughout the Irish Sea. It is in this sea region that Seatruck Ferries operate as the main and only (ro-ro freight) customer out of Warrenpoint to Heysham. The UK port in Lancashire is where Seatruck also serve a Heysham-Dublin route in addition a Dublin-Liverpool link.
In reflecting on the ongoing public health crisis, Warrenpoint Port CEO David Holmes has issued a statement. “As the second largest port in Northern Ireland, we play a major role as a catalyst for economic growth across the region and…
“Transport keeps us going” - is a slogan in times of Covid-19 that the the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) is part of throughout the EU. ESPO represents the seaport authorities of all maritime Member States towards the EU institutions.
“Transport keeps us going” is the slogan which the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), together with 33 organisations has issued a Declaration stressing the essential role transport is playing in the corona crisis. "Transport and logistics play a crucial role…
Portree lifeboat approaches the grounded cargo ship MV Kaami
Eight crew were rescued from a cargo ship out of Drogheda that ran aground off the Isle of Skye in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides early yesterday morning (Monday 23 March). The MV Kaami had left Drogheda Port on the evening of…
Emergency Meeting: The EU Commission & Council of Ministers of Transport are this morning to coordinate action and measures to support transport sector, which has been badly affected by the Covid-19 epidemic. Above AFLOAT's photo of container ships berthed at a Lo-Lo terminal in Dublin Port.
The EU Commission and Council of Ministers of Transport this morning is to hold an emergency Transport Council to coordinate their action and discuss appropriate measures to be taken to support the transport sector, which has been badly affected by…
Seafarer Wellness Conference to be held in Cork Harbour in a fortnight's time has now been postponed until Autumn 2020.
As Afloat previously highlighted the Seafarer Wellness Conference due to be held in Cork Harbour in a fortnight's time has now been postponed until the Autumn. The joint organisers of the Seafarer conference, the Ireland Branch Of The Nautical Institute (website) and…
Irish Freight Association has said there is no problem with the food supply chain.
Across the country's supermarkets have seen certain shelves completely emptied over the last week, as consumers stock up on tinned goods, hand soap and disinfectant products following confirmation of coronavirus cases in Ireland. According to research by iReach, one in…
File photo of the latest newbuild Arklow Ace (in centre, when still in construction) is the third of six A-series ships launched from a shipyard in the Netherlands. AFLOAT adds note the barge delivering a load of hatch covers and gantry to be lifted on board the newbuild.
The latest and third newbuild of the Arklow 'A' class series which is a bulk orientated general cargoship was launched at a Dutch yard, writes Jehan Ashmore. Arklow Ace (Nb.439) took to the water for the first time as the…
European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) publishes statistics for committee meeting gender balance for 2019.
On the occasion of this year's International Women's Day, tomorrow, Sunday (8 March), the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) published the statistics for their committee meeting gender balance for 2019. All technical committees together, overall 31,76% of port professionals attending…

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