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Record cargo at the Port of Felixstowe is believed to be the biggest containers handled ever on a single ship in Europe when on board MSC Diletta. AFLOAT adds another containership Anna G which following repairs in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, made a recent first 'commercial' sailing since from the UK's biggest box boat port when tracked two days later to the German North Sea port of Wilhelmshaven.
The UK Port of Felixstowe, operated by Hutchinson Ports, has handled what is believed to be the largest number of containers ever on a single ship in Europe. A total of 23,773TEU (standard containers) were handled on the 24,000 TEU…
Global shipping accounts for nearly 3% of the world's CO2 emissions and the sector is under growing scrutiny to become cleaner. Above Afloat captured this scene of the Maersk Mette, an E-class containership.
Shipping container giant AP Moller-Maersk now plans to achieve net zero emissions in its business by 2040, a decade earlier than previously announced, on the back of rising customer demand for green transportation and technical leaps. With about 90% of world…
Unifeeder 2022 Irish route map
From this Friday (14 January), Unifeeder Shortsea will be launching its new shipping service linking Rotterdam to/from the ports of Dublin, Cork and Belfast. The company promises that this new service in the Irish Sea offers an enhanced carrying capacity,…
New smarter technology installed for the navigation system at the Port of London, from where above at the UK capital is the iconic landmark of Tower Bridge seen in recent years with Svitzer Brunel passing under the raised drawbridge. The 58.5 tons bollard pull tug had assisted cruiseship Silver Wind moored alongside HMS Belfast at the Pool of London. The tug is one of a quartet of tractor tugs built in 2003 by Astilleros Zamakona, the same Spanish shipyard that built in 2010 Dublin Port's pair of Voith-Schneider propelled 53 bollard tugs Beaufort and Shackleton.
The Port of London last year was confirmed as the largest port in the UK by volumes handled, after a break of over two decades. The port on the River Thames and estuary has installed a state-of-the-art, air traffic control…
Afloat today tracked Anna G the 'feeder' containership at the Port of Felixstowe where also at Britain's biggest box-boat port was another grey-hulled vessel but considerably larger the OOCL Hong Kong which arrived from Singapore, Asia. A major milestone was achieved recently, when the North Sea port passed the 100m TEU mark since it handled its first container in the 1960s.
The 'feeder' containership Anna G which departed Dun Laoghaire Harbour following lengthly repairs was tracked by Afloat having arrived this morning to Felixstowe, the UK's biggest box-boat port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 101m Anna G (3,992grt) is described as a…
DFDS sale ship pair but lease-back (Lysvik Seaways above) one of the two vessels that carries containers and paper products Afloat adds that are loaded and discharged through the side port loading feature as also seen above on the starboard side.
Danish shipping operator DFDS which operates the Rosslare-Dunkirk 'Brexit-Bypass' ferry route has entered into sale and lease-back agreements for two container/sideport loading ships, writes Jehan Ashmore. The deal took place last month between DFDS and the Finnish shipping firm Godby…
Killybegs Bulk Handling is specifically targeted at supporting the import and storage of wind turbines for onshore sites
While Killybegs harbour is synonymous with the fisheries sector a new video released by Ronan Renewables shows just how the County Donegal port is increasingly catering to the renewable energy sector. While home to a large portion of the Irish fishing fleet…
An Irish-European Short-Sea Trader, the C-class cargoship Arklow Castle (built 2017/5,054dwat) departed Dublin Port this morning and passed its shipowners (Arklow Shipping) homeport located in Co. Wicklow. Asides operating in domestic waters, the short-sea trader is seen sailing in the North Sea having departed the UK east coast and bound for the near European continent. The vessel had set sail from either ports of Ipswich or Mistley, from where ships pass between the other ports of Felixstowe and Harwich before entering the open sea.
Departing Dublin Port this morning was Arklow Castle, one of 10 C-class cargoship newbuilds which continue to be built for the Co. Wicklow shipowner as the latest launch in the series took place just a fortnight ago, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Irish Agrifood Exports: Department braced for quadrupling of vet health certs on food exports (to Britain) from next year. Above AFLOAT adds an 'Ireland' max feeder containership, one of a quartet custom built to serve Irish ports connecting the UK and mainland continental Europe.
At the Department of Agriculture, planning for export health certificates is to more than quadruple to 310,000 next year when Britain’s post-Brexit checks on Irish agrifood exports start. The vast volume of red tape is being introduced on border controls covering…
The recent announcement of the resignation of the UK Brexit Minister David Frost compounds the uncertainty for traders looking at next year. Above, freight ferries ply the Irish Sea in both directions.
Freight distribution and logistics sectors has faced unprecedented upheaval in 2021, as a consequence of adopting to the post-Brexit trading environment, dealing with the Covid pandemic, global supply chain issues, rising fuel costs, and an ongoing skills shortage. These issues…
Christmas: As Crews matter, a special seafarers’ Christmas service available as a digital download for seamen over the festive period has been developed by the Isle of Man Ship Registry and Dutch Seafarers’ Mission Association -Nederlandse Zeevarenden Centrale.
A special seafarers’ Christmas service available as a digital download for crew over the festive period has been developed by the Isle of Man Ship Registry (IOMSR) and the Dutch Seafarers’ Mission Association -Nederlandse Zeevarenden Centrale (NZC). OMSR director Cameron…
New Container Giant: MSC’s acquisition of a Brazilain operator, Log-In – Logistica Intermodal S.A., will add up to 15,000 TEU of capacity, edging MSC just above Maersk in the ranking table, according to a maritime analyst. Above: MSC Edith (1,658 TEU) arriving in Dublin Bay in recent years. AFLOAT adds, yesterday, a larger fleetmate MSC Joy (1,933 TEU) from Antwerp, Belgium, was observed arriving initially to Dublin Bay before the large Lo-Lo ship by Dublin Port standards, entered to berth at the DFT Terminal, a container division of Irish Continental Group.
LloydsLoadingList reports that the board of Brazilian regional container line Log-In – Logistica Intermodal S.A., has approved the acquisition of a 67% stake in the company by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) in a bid valuing Log-In at just over $500m.…
As we approach the second anniversary of the MV Alta becoming grounded on the Cork coast, an expert has said the State has learnt nothing from previous wreck incidents. Also above, a local takes a break from his walk to inspect the cargoship MV Alta on rocks near the village of Ballycotton, Co Cork.
Little has been learned from the State about how to deal effectively with marine wreck incidents since the Kowloon Bridge disaster over three decades ago and the Irish coast remains exposed to a potential marine disaster, a leading international maritime…
Irish goods imports from the UK as a whole – including Northern Ireland – are down 49pc since 2015
As Independent.ie writes, Britain is now far less important to Irish importers and exporters than it was before Brexit, figures show. A report by the Economic and Social Research Institute has found that goods from England, Scotland and Wales now…
Artist’s impression of a strategic hub for the offshore wind industry at Ros an Mhíl in Connemara
The Department of Transport has published a Policy Statement setting out the strategy for commercial ports to facilitate offshore renewable energy activity in the seas around Ireland. The document will also assist Ireland’s commercial TEN-T ports in applying for EU…
Shipping Lines react to congestion that has led to carriers’ schedules being impossible to maintain and increasing blank sailings. MSC and Maersk have rationalised their northern Europe rotations to improve reliability, with Felixstowe (as above, Afloat's photo of MSC Cordoba) and Rotterdam among those to lose calls.
Containership carriers are continuing to reorganise their calls to northern Europe in an effort to avoid delays at increasingly congested ports. The 2M alliance of Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) and Maersk are the latest to amend two of their combined…
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