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Prior to the launch of Scot Explorer, the second of three forest product carriers for operator, Scotline, at the Dutch shipyard of Royal Bodewes. A third and final sister to be built and named Scot Ranger recalls a predecessor of that same name which had called to Irish ports.
Scot Explorer became the latest launch for a UK shipping forests products operator, following a christening ceremony that was held at a Dutch shipyard yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The launch (footage) of newbuild (NB 747) at the Royal Bodewes yard…
Irish Sea ports of Liverpool, Heysham (above) and Sheerness (London Medway) which have received UK Government funding to enhance measures ahead of the expected departure from the EU on 31 October.
The Irish Sea ports of Liverpool and Heysham in addition Sheerness (London Medway) all part of the Peel Ports Group, have received funding to enhance measures they have already taken to improve resilience ahead of the UK’s expected departure from…
Scottish Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay has met with new recruits at the re-nationalised Ferguson Marine shipyard on the Clyde
An increase in employment is a pledge at the nationalised Ferguson Marine shipyard which has resulted in 17 new jobs, with a further ten to be recruited, the Scottish Government announced today. The yard, reports The Scotsman, is in the…
BPA responds to the UK Government’s “two borders for four years” Brexit proposal.
The British Ports Association has responded to the UK Government’s “two borders for four years” Brexit proposals which was announced by the Conservative Party this week. Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of BPA said “The majority of Northern Ireland’s trade is with…
Glen Sannox, the first of a pair of much delayed duel-fuel ferries at the Fergusan Marine shipyard located on the Clyde, Scotland
In Scotland, the last civilian shipyard on the Clyde, The Herald reports, is to be nationalised by the country's Government within a month after a search for a commercial saviour failed. Workers at Ferguson Marine in Port Glasgow, which was…
Maersk, Lloyd’s Register and Citi are among organisations already involved in Getting to Zero Coalition, with other major companies considering joining the cross-industry grouping to develop zero-emission vessels by 2030. AFLOAT adds above is MSC Edith entering Dublin Bay in recent years. The almost 216m long containership entered service in 1998 originally as Norasia Samantha, however owners Norasia were acquired by Chilean state-run concern CSAV in 2000.
In the shipping industry some major companies are considering joining a cross-industry coalition to develop zero-emission vessels by 2030. As Lloyds Loading List reports, box carriers MSC and Hapag-Lloyd, along with classification society DNV GL, have indicated they will assess…
Stena Impero sailed out of Iranian waters on Friday 27 September
Stena Impero, the British tanker detained by Iran for 10 weeks amid a tense standoff between the two countries, was allowed to sail from Iranian waters last Friday (27 October) and docked in Dubai the following day. But concerns remain…
Could the UK shipyard of Appledore Shipyard in the West Country have a chance of reopening? AFLOAT adds its final order was from the Irish Dept. of Defence to construct the OPV90 P60 class LÉ George Bernard Shaw for the Naval Service.
In the UK, the union for shipbuilders GMB has welcomed reports of hopes for the reopening of Appledore Shipyard, writes North Devon Gazette. The news follows a high level meeting convened by Torridge MP and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox at…
Last year's scholarship winners Jannah Kehoe, Matthew Dawes and Isobel Coombe with members of the panel Maxine Thomas and Pat James.
At the Welsh Port of Milford Haven the annual Scholarship Scheme was launched today offering four Pembrokeshire students the chance to win £1,500, plus work experience at the UK’s largest energy port. Almost seventy undergraduate students have received support from…
Arklow Willow is the third 'W' class newbuild in series that first began with leadship Arklow Wave as pictured.
Arklow Willow became the third 'W' class 16,500dwt newbuild in a series of four following a launch in a German shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Irish flagged bulker was launched earlier this month and the almost 150m long ship is expected…
Could the UK shipyard of Appledore Shipyard in Devon reopen? The yard's final ship to be built AFLOAT adds was the Irish Naval Service OPV P60 class L.É. George Bernard Shaw seen berthed at the fit-out quay (noting without bow-mounted 76mm OTO Melara gun). The €67m OPV (P64) made its delivery voyage from the Torridge Estuary and across the Celtic Sea to Cork Harbour in October last year.
In the UK, a Torridge MP is ‘cautiously optimistic’ Appledore Shipyard will reopen in the near future after a crucial meeting at Downing Street. As the North Devon Gazette reports, it follows a high level meeting convened by Geoffrey Cox…
Gantry cranes at a container port.
In advance of the European Parliament’s hearings of the commissioners-designate, a coalition of more than 40 European associations and organisations renewed their call for a strong transport budget according to the European Sea Ports Organisation.  While the previous European Parliament and…
Across the world, Women in Maritime associations help improve gender balance in the shipping sector. One of these regional networks was formalized last week in Latin America.
Today is 'World Maritime Day' which is been celebrated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the global shipping community. The theme for this year's event is "Empowering Women in the Maritime Community". This provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the…
A record turnover of £10m was achieved at Foyle Port during 2018/19. Above: Afloat adds is the bulk-carrier Clover Colossus berthed at Lisahally, the port's main terminal located downriver of Derry city.
It has been announced that Foyleport had a record £10 million in turnover despite the uncertainty posed by Brexit. The Derry harbour, reports The Irish News, recorded an operating profit of £1.9m during 2018/19, marking its seventh year of consecutive…
The 30m cargo ship Evora which has been detained by the Marine Survey Office after it was holed near Kinvara, Co Galway. Residents feared that the fuel on board could cause a pollution risk in an area rich in shellfish
Irish authorities are still detaining a cargo ship close to Kinvara in south Galway Bay after its hull sprang a leak while loading cargo for the Bahamas writes Lorna Siggins As Afloat reported previously, the 30m ship Evora was detained last…
The 30m cargo ship Evora which has been detained by the Marine Survey Office after it was holed near Kinvara, Co Galway. Residents feared that the fuel on board could cause a pollution risk in an area rich in shellfish
Irish authorities have detained a cargo ship close to Kinvara in south Galway bay after its hull sprang a leak while loading cargo for the Bahamas writes Lorna Siggins The 30m ship Evora has been detained by the Marine Survey…

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