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Digitisation of port operations is the topic of the first in a new series of three workshops under Pillar I of the Atlantic Action Plan: ports as gateways and hubs for the blue economy. The Current Status and Future Direction…
MII invites you to join next Thursday, May 6th, for their next online event 'MIIN in Galway - A Microcosm for Marine Innovation and Industry Opportunities'.
Marine Ireland Industry Network (MIIN) is next week (Thursday, 6th May) to hold an online event 'MIIN in Galway - A Microcosm for Marine Innovation and Industry Opportunities'. The event (11am-12.30pm) is to focus on innovative marine industrial activities taking…
European Sea Ports Organisation welcomes adoption of the own-initiative (INI) report of TRAN-on technical, operational measures for more efficient cleaner maritime transport by the EU Parliament.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed adoption of the own-initiative (INI) report of TRAN-Committee Chair, Karima Delli, on technical and operational measures for more efficient and cleaner maritime transport by the European Parliament. The report was adopted with…
Stena Bulk's InfinityMAX concept cargo vessel design.
InfinityMAX is the name for a new concept cargoship vessel design from Swedish based Stena Bulk of Gothenburg. (See previous coverage on ferry operator's Stena's fossil free shipping by 2030). The concept for this new cargo vessel, has seen Stena Bulk…
Freight forwarders say the knock-on effects of last month’s Suez Canal blockage have worsened and prolonged problems of equipment availability, tight capacity, and schedule reliability ‘in an already very constrained market’, but have not led to a catastrophic congestion crisis. Above the Port of Felixstowe in the UK. .
Blockage of the Suez Canal at the end of last month is set to prolong the current operational capacity issues in ocean ship freight, it has not led to the catastrophic congestion crisis some had feared, major forwarders have told…
RoRo volumes on ROI – GB routes fell significantly, by 31%, with a surge in ROI – EU traffic, which rose by 74%.
In its first post-Brexit quarterly review of port volumes, the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) offers an overview of maritime traffic on an all-island basis. Commenting on key points in the report, Liam Lacey, Director of the IMDO said that…
Cutting Emissions: In the UK, radical new climate change commitments will set the country on course to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, the announced was made by the British Government. Above AFLOAT's photo of a containership in UK waters including wind-farm turbines on the hazy horizon.
In the UK, radical new climate change commitments will set the country on course to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, the British government has announced. According to BBC News, hitting the targets would require more electric cars, low-carbon…
Evergreen blocked from offloading cargo from Ever Given
In efforts by Evergreen, the operator of Ever Given, to have the containership’s cargo separated from the vessel in any legal action have failed. The 20,000TEU Ever Given was arrested by Egyptian authorities, pending settlement of the Suez Canal Authority’s…
Europe’s ports at the crossroads of transitions. This is the theme of the ESPO Conference Regatta 2021. From recovery, greening, TEN-T, the changing role of ports, hydrogen to zero pollution ports: there is so much to talk about. Join us 25-28 May!
Next month the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Conference (25-26 May) will be sailing towards you from the south to the north of Europe. The ESPO Conference Regatta 2021 will be starting in the Port of Valencia on 25 May,…
The UK's Transport Secretary has appointed a new Chair to HM Maritime & Coastguard Agency which will see Christopher Rodrigues, formally take up the role this month, following a recent role as chairman of the Port of London Authority. Above a shipping scene from the PLA which AFLOAT adds shows berthed at Tilbury Cruise Terminal, Magellan that served the Irish market (but was scrapped earlier this year), the tug Switzer London and a tanker underway on the Thames estuary.
In the UK, the Secretary of State for Transport has appointed Christopher Rodrigues CBE as the new Non-Executive Chair of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The government agency charged with further enhancing the UK’s position at the forefront of…
Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) closes in on Maersk as largest operator of containership tonnage. With a larger orderbook, MSC could soon overtake its 2M partner as the world’s largest box line
Containership giant, Mediterranean Shipping Co is on track to overtake 2M alliance partner Maersk as the world’s largest container line by capacity deployed if it continues with its aggressive acquisition policy. MSC operates a fleet of 587 boxships comprising 3.9m…
File image of Dublin Port
The European TEN-T Coordinators for the Motorways of the Sea and the Atlantic and North Sea-Mediterranean Corridors have organised an online joint workshop on smart and sustainable maritime transport in the Atlantic and North Sea region post-Brexit over two days…
In the UK, the Peel Ports group, successfully completed a first trial of an autonomous survey vessel. This was the first Port group in Britain to take delivery of such a vessel, which completed its first successful trial at Crosby Marina.
In the UK, Peel Ports is the first Port group in the country to take delivery of an autonomous unmanned survey vessel, which completed its first successful trial at Crosby Marine Lake, north of Liverpool. Peel Ports offered Sefton Council…
Ever Given freed: European Shippers’ Council says cargo owners need carriers to provide better information and greater consideration to their customers to help minimise supply chain delays, as Maersk reopens for short-term bookings after being ‘successful with a number of mitigation efforts’
Operators of shipping companies are failing to provide Europe’s shippers with enough information about service disruptions and port rotations following the Suez Canal closure, according to Jordi Espin, strategic relations manager at the European Shippers’ Council. Europe’s container terminals have…
The Eemslift Hendrika moments before a number of its crew jumped from its deck as it listed dangerously to starboard
The crew of a Dutch cargo vessel were rescued by helicopter as their ship developed a heavy list in the Norwegian Sea late on Monday (5 April). Now there are concerns that the Eemslift Hendrika, which remains adrift with its…
Egypt's Suez Canal Authority says a shipping traffic jam caused by a giant container vessel getting stuck on the crucial waterway for almost a week has been cleared
In Egypt, the Suez Canal Authority has said that a shipping traffic jam caused by a giant container vessel getting stuck on the crucial waterway for almost a week has been cleared. Traffic on the canal, a conduit for over…

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