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Clydeside shipyard Ferguson Marine is to be nationalised by the Scottish Government if no buyer is secured within four weeks. Above: Afloat adds is a file photo of newbuild Glen Sannox, first of a pair of much delayed dual-fuel ferries for CalMac. This ferry is destined for the Firth of Clyde service linking Ardrossan and Isle of Arran.
On the Clyde the Ferguson shipyard in Port Glasgow has been nationalised by the Scottish government. Ministers reports BBC News, will now operate the yard under a management agreement with administrators, which will see the Scottish government buy the facility…
The Scottish government has said it is "ready and willing" to take Ferguson shipyard into public ownership. The facility AFLOAT adds is the last commercial civilian shipyard left on the Clyde where a pair of newbuild dual-fuel ferries according to the government are to be completed for CalMac's west coast services including the Isle of Arran.
In a decision by the Scottish government it is "ready and willing" to take Ferguson shipyard into public ownership, Economy Secretary Derek Mackay has announced. As BBC News reports, the minister said this was to avert the yard's closure with…
The sole surviving commercial shipyard on the Clyde, Afloat adds is Ferguson Marine at Port Glasgow, where the facility is intended to be put into administration. Above the much delayed dual-fuel newbuild Glen Sannox planned for CalMac's Isle of Arran ferry route on the Firth of Clyde linking Ardrossan.
The Independent reports, around 350 jobs are at risk after the directors of a shipyard on the River Clyde in Port Glasgow served notice of their intent to go into administration, five years after it staved off closure. The decision…
Brexit Free Ports: Irish Ferries Rosslare serving cruiseferry Isle of Inishmore at the Port of Milford Haven, is seen underway in the Pembrokeshire port located in south Wales
According to the British Ports Association they have welcomed the UK's Government’s announcement of “up to 10 new freeports” (Noting Afloat adds see related story on the Irish Sea Port of Holyhead, Wales).  The BPA has developed ambitious complementary Port…
Ferguson Marine, the last commercial shipyard on the Clyde. AFLOAT adds (in this file photo) is newbuild Glen Sannox, the first of a pair of delayed dual-fuel ferries for CalMac to serve the Isle of Arran route and on the Uig Triangle.
Jim McColl has failed to convince the Scottish Government to take a stake in the last commercial shipyard on the Clyde. The near-billionaire, The Herald writes, was understood to be ready to take a multi-million-pound “hit” on his investment at…
The UK shipyard at Appledore (Babcock) north Devon built its final ship, LE George Barnard Shaw (above: at keel-laying ceremony) which was completed last year as the fourth P60/OPV90 class for the Irish Naval Service. The same yard AFLOAT also adds had under a previous owner built a pair of P50/OPV80 class dating to 1999 and 2001 respectively.
DevonLive reports on Appledore Shipyard which according to a UK councillor should be renationalised by the government and fully integrated into the operations of the Ministry of Defence. Cllr Rob Hannaford, leader of the opposition Labour group on Devon County…
The Milford Haven Waterway in south Wales supports a wide range of industries. Behind the Cleddeu (A477) Road Bridge AFLOAT adds is berthed (on left) at Pembroke Dock, Irish Ferries Isle of Inishmore which links Rosslare Europort.
The Welsh Port of Milford Haven located in Pembrokeshire is offering stakeholders the chance to comment on its performance, priorities and future plans. The annual Stakeholder Survey has been launched to gauge how the public view the UK’s largest energy…
Arklow Abbey was launched at Ferus-Smit's Dutch shipyard at Westerbroek this morning as the first of six slightly modified sisters of the 'B' class.
Another newbuild for Arklow Shipping was launched today as the first of six in a series from a Dutch shipyard that also built a version of a previous cargoship class, writes Jehan Ashmore. Leadship Arklow Abbey was launched this morning…
The Port of Waterford has welcomed the arrival of containership ‘BG Rotterdam’ as seen during its call to the port last Saturday (6th July). According to the port, this new connection operated by BG Freight Line, in partnership with Maersk, will be a weekly service, acting as a deep-sea feeder for businesses in Ireland trading globally through Rotterdam which is Europe’s largest seaport. The aptly named containership is seen underway and AFLOAT also has identified above the background of the decommissioned Duncannon Fort and berthed fishing vessels located at the promontory on Waterford Estuary.
The Port of Waterford has a new freight shipping route to Rotterdam which has opened a new pathway between Ireland and the continent which could help exporters post-Brexit. The first sailing on the Waterford-Rotterdam route, RTE reports, is operated by Dutch…
Young women take part in International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) with a tour at the UK shipyard Cammell Laird,Birkenhead on Merseyside. The group are seen on board RRS Sir David Attenborough.
In the UK shipyard of marine engineering services company Cammell Laird based in Birkenhead, young women had a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life in engineering as part of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) 2019. Ten girls from schools and colleges…
Eamonn O’Reilly, CEO of Dublin Port and also Chairman of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) who is seated (centre) among guest speakers at the annual conference held in the Port of Livorno located on the west coast of Italy.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) held its annual conference last month at the Port of Livorno, Italy. The gathering of European port and maritime industry marked the 16th edition of the ESPO Conference held in the impressive Girondi Theatre.…
The UK shipyard Cammell Laird located on Merseyside where assistant ship manager Claire Biggar is seen with newbuild RRS Sir David Attenborough.
UK shipyard and marine engineering services company Cammell Laird will open its doors to young women in a special event on Friday, June 28 to encourage female engineers. The world famous Birkenhead shipbuilder and neighbouring Engineering College have joined forces…
David Holmes, the new Chief Executive Officer at Warrenpoint Port
Warrenpoint Port has appointed David Holmes as its new Chief Executive Officer. David joins the harbour, the second largest in Northern Ireland, from Irwin’s Bakery where he has been Operations Director for the past six years. Previously, David has held…
Dutch shipping company BG Freight Line is to introduce an additional Waterford-Rotterdam service facilitating global trade.  The BG-Maersk partnership will consist of a new weekly service that will act as a deep-sea feeder for businesses in Ireland commencing on 6th July. AFLOAT adds above is the Ireland Max class containership BG Diamond which was built in China as part of a quartet of newbuilds introduced.
A shipping line based in the Netherlands, reports The Irish Times, will open up Waterford port to new international trade routes when it commences a weekly service on the Waterford to Rotterdam route which will act as a deep-sea feeder…
Port of Portland (north) in Dorset, UK where a new scrubber service is to be located. Scrubbers or Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) are one of the hottest topics in the global maritime industry as a result of tough new sulphur emission regulations coming into effect under the Marpol Treaty.
In the UK at a port in Dorset is based a ship repair and engineering services company Intermarine UK which has struck a new agreement with a Chinese manufacturer to make the Port of Portland one of the nation's centres…
Welcoming an £800,000 investment in new plant at Warrenpoint Port, from left, Tom Rodgers, Health and Safety Manager, Ian Taylor, Operations Manager, and, Eoin O’Mahony, Head of Engineering and Estates.
Warrenpoint Port has made an investment of £800,000 in new plant that will significantly improve efficiency at Northern Ireland’s second largest harbour. Authorities at the port have taken delivery of the first wave of the new fleet which will include…

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