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Global Trade: One of Europe's largest container terminals and also the UK's biggest is the Port of Felixstowe where the world's largest containerships can berth at the North Sea port. AFLOAT took this photo of OOCL Hong Kong, the leadship of the world's largest containership class with each giant ship having a 21,413TEU capacity. The 'G' class vessel built in 2017 became the first containership to exceed the 20,000TEU barrier.
#ports - One of Europe's largest container ports and the UK's biggest is the Port of Felixstowe which has taken delivery of its first remote-controlled Rubber Tyred Gantry cranes (RTGs). Hutchinson Ports which operates the Suffolk port on the North…
MSC's containership MSC Messina berthed at Liverpool2 the newest lo-lo terminal on the Irish Sea is a major investment by Peel Ports. AFLOAT adds among the group's portfolio, they operate Marine Terminals Ltd (MTL) a container facility in Dublin Port located in Ringsend. Also above Afloat has identified P&O Ferries Norbank/Norbay transiting in Gladstone Lock. The ropax pair along with fleetmate European Endeavour operate to Dublin using Terminal 3 located almost opposite of the MTL terminal.
#ports - A German stakeholder of a major UK ports group is considering selling its part of the business. As the UK newspaper The Times reports, Deutsche Bank is considering selling part of its stake in Peel Ports Group, Britain’s second-biggest port…
The Francop (882TEU) to operate W.E.C. Lines new UK-Iberian service connecting two major Portuguese ports and a new link with Spain.
#ports&shipping - According to the Port of Liverpool, Dutch company West European Container Lines (W.E.C.) is beginning a new service connecting the UK port with two major Portuguese ports and a new link with Spain. The new weekly service will…
MacAndrews whose origins date to 1770 had operated the containership Ranger (circa 800TEU) docked in Dublin Port at the DSG terminal before the merger took place on 1 April with CMA-CGM's subsidiary Containerships which also operate out of Belfast and Cork on intra-European multi-modal transport services.  The 803 TEU containership was next bound for Setúbal, Portugal.
#ports&shipping - In what was considered to be the oldest existing shipping company and originally Scottish based has merged this month with a French owned container giant's Finnish subsidiary, writes Jehan Ashmore MacAndrews which was established in 1770 dissapeared from…
The first ever container ship to receive 'cyber enabled ship descriptive'
Lloyd’s Register (LR) announced today – during Singapore Maritime Week – a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ST Engineering Electronics Ltd. (STEE), a leading Information Communications Technologies (ICT) provider and co-creater of Smart City Solutions, and Mitsui & Co., Ltd…
Liverpool Seafarers Centre CEO John Wilson with some crew members of cruiseship of MS Black Watch docked at the Liverpool cruise line terminal's seafarer centre.
#ports - An ecumenical maritime charity on Merseyside in the UK, Liverpool Seafarers Centre (LSC) is celebrating a landmark 10th anniversary. The charity offers practical and emotional support to more than 50,000 seafarers passing through North West of England ports…
The addition of Chinese shipping giant COSCO now brings the world’s top five shipping lines all now calling at Liverpool Port where above containership Jork is seen on the Mersey.
#ports&shipping - On the Irish Sea the Port of Liverpool now has the world’s top five shipping lines all now calling on Merseyside following confirmation that Chinese giant COSCO Shipping is to ship via the port. COSCO (Chinese Ocean Shipping…
Wilson Blyth with the first cargo of wood-pulp imported from South America at the Port of Silloth in Cumbria for the English port's new customer, the Japanese packaging manufacturer Futamura Group. In 2015 AFLOAT reported on the 3.713dwt cargoship which delivered huge fermentation tanks for the Guinness St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin, however for logistical purposes the ship docked in Dun Laoghaire Harbour to unload the project cargo.
#ports - The Irish Sea Port of Silloth operated by Associated British Ports (ABP) has handled the first delivery of wood pulp for its new Japanese customer. According to ABP, the Futamura Group manufacture cellulose and polymeric films for the…
Beneteau wants to use the concept Neoliner to transport yachts across the Atlantic to its key North American market
Groupe Beneteau has confirmed its interest in a project that’s developing a revolutionary method of wind-powered cargo shipping. The French maker of top-range sailing yachts said the NEOLINE project was “a natural choice” for transporting its exports from Europe to…
EPSO welcomes agreement on CEF II. The EP plenary vote of this agreement is scheduled for the 15-18 April Strasbourg session.
#ports - European Seaports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed the Common Understanding between the European Parliament and the Council on the future Connecting Europe Facility (CEF II). With its vote yesterday, the European Parliament’s Transport and Industry Committees confirmed the partial…
The Merseyside Maritime Industry Awards (MMIA) held in Liverpool's Titanic Hotel, are now considered one of the most prestigious events on the UK maritime calendar. They were hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin, with keynote speaker Harry Theochari, Chair of Maritime UK.
#ports - A UK ports operator the Peel Ports Group has received the ‘Freight & Logistics’ category prize at the prestigious Mersey Maritime Industry Awards held in Liverpool. Over 400 guests attended the annual event last Thursday where accolades were…
A second protest is to be held on Saturday evening (March 23) at around 10pm, where Holyhead Port in north Wales could be blockaded.
#ports - Plans for vehicle go-slows orchestrated by a north Wales man in protest at the UK Government's handling of Brexit are now expected to take place across the country. As NorthWalesLive reports, The Brexit Protest and Direct Action Group,…
UK shipyard closure: The Appledore yard in north Devon was founded in 1855 on the estuary of the River Torridge. AFLOAT adds the final ship to be built at the facility was the Irish Naval Service fourth OPV90 /P60 class L.E. George Bernard Shaw (P54) which was floated out last year. Above a close-up of the bridge of the P54 which is currently on a call in Cork City and will be open to the public for free guided tours tomorrow, St. Patrick's Day.
#ports&shipping- In the UK, Babcock International has closed its Appledore shipyard yesterday, bringing down the shutters on the site in north Devon after almost two centuries. As The Times reports, workers described the day as “heartbreaking” as they walked around…
Merseyside shipyard Cammell Laird, Birkenhead where works continue of the red hulled RRS Sir David Attenborough, a new polar research vessel which was launched last year amid much fanfare. Also above arriving to the marine engineering facility is leadship of the new Tide-Class replenishment tanker RFA Tidespring of the British Royal Auxiliary Fleet (RFA) which entered service in 2017 and is at Birkenhead to undergo its inaugural docking period.
#ports&shipping - Leadship of a new series of Tide-class tankers RFA Tidespring of the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) arrived on the Mersey at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, UK for its inaugural docking period. The arrival last week of the…
Russian vessel Seagrand hits a bridge head on
The Russian vessel Seagrand hit a bridge in the South Korean city of Busan yesterday as depicted in this tweeted video below. There were no casualties according to reports but there was 'severe' damage to the bridge. Police detained Russian sailors onboard.…
At last year's presentation of the ESPO Awards. As for 2019, entries are now open to submit, closing date is Friday 28 June.
#ports - The theme of this year's European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award on Societal Integration of Ports is “Transparency and the role of social media in reaching out to local community”. The ESPO Award 2019 will go to the…

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