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European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed in principle the substantial progress achieved of the existing Directive. Above: unloading of containers in Dublin Port.
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - The European Commission last week published the new proposal on the revision of the Port Reception Facilities (PRF) Directive. In response to the new proposal, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed in principle its objective to…
Newport, south Wales is a steel, metals, recycling, and renewable energy hub. Afloat noted a trend in ships trading between Wicklow and the Welsh port last year. Afloat adds in Newport today is Arklow Rebel, though the 'R' class short-sea trader had arrived from La Pallice on the French west coast.
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - Five ports in south Wales that are part of Associated British Ports (ABP) a major UK ports operator, saw the group's regional network handle 12.5 million tonnes of cargo in 2017. The strong performance of ABP South Wales…
Seatruck vessel Clipper Point in Dublin
Ports & Shipping
Irish Sea freight specialist Seatruck Ferries had another strong year of growth in 2017. Volume across the three routes increased at just over 10% compared with an overall market growth of *3.9%. (* source IRN Freightstat) Since 2015 Seatruck volumes…
The UK and also Europe's busiest ferryport, Port of Dover. The company stated that the record freight figures (including Irish trade) underline the need for a post-Brexit trade deal that ensures continued traffic fluidity at this crucial export/import gateway.
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#FerryNews - The UK's busiest ferryport, Port of Dover handled 2,601,162 lorries in 2017 up on the previous record by almost 10,000 units. According to Multimodal News, this brings the total increase over the last five years to just under…
The Rhein Carrier is a regular cargo ship visitor to the Port of Cork. Combined total traffic through the Portand Bantry Bay Port Company reached 10.3 million tonnes in 2017
Port of Cork
Combined total traffic through the Port of Cork and Bantry Bay Port Company reached 10.3 million tonnes in 2017, a very good increase of 8.6% compared to 2016. Total imports increased by 6.4% while exports increased by 12.3%. The Port…
European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the fact that the Commission proposal is stressing the importance of an open investment environment. Above: Ringaskiddy Deep Water Terminal located in lower Cork Harbour, is where larger and deep draft ships are increasingly calling to the Port of Cork.
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - The European Commission published a Proposal for a Regulation last September, establishing a framework for screening of foreign direct investments into the EU and a Communication entitled “Welcoming foreign direct Investment while Protecting Essential Interests”. The European Sea…
Artists impression of W.B. Yeats, weather permitting is due to be launched tomorrow from a German shipyard. The €144m cruiseferry is to make a debut in mid-July on the Ireland-France service linking Dublin and Cherbourg.
Ferry
#FerryNews - Weather permitting, Irish Continental Group (ICG)’s €144m newbuild cruiseferry W.B. Yeats, is due to be launched tomorrow from a German shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. The giant 55,500 gross tonnage W.B. Yeats with a capacity for 1,885 passengers and…
An artist's impression of Connemara, a Visentini built ropax ferry that will be chartered-in to operate the new direct Ireland-Spain route between Cork-Santander, the first ever ferry link between the countries. Operations are to start at the end of April based on schedule of two return-sailings a week.
Ferry
#FerryNews - Today, Brittany Ferries announced a new direct Ireland-Spain route, the first time ever a ferry service has linked the countries. Starting at the end of April, the service between Cork and Santander, will be making two return-sailings a…
The existing ferry terminal at the Liverpool landing stage (Princess Parade), where vehicles await loading of the Isle of Man Steam Packet's fast-craft Manannan that operates on the seasonal link to Douglas.
Ferry
#FerryNews- Manx Radio reports on a project that has officially begun work that will eventually see a new ferry terminal for passengers. The first phase of the £5 billion Liverpool Waters scheme got under way with a groundbreaking ceremony earlier…
As Afloat has previously reported, the passenger-cargoship RMS St. Helena notably made a historic once-off visit to Dublin and Cork (Cobh) during a private cruise-charter in 1995. More than two decades the 6,767grt ship made a first in 2016, by visiting London (as above alongside HMS Belfast) while on a special farewell voyage prior to the withdrawal from the South Africa-St. Helena service (due to have closed that year) but instead is to take place within weeks. The reason for the delay to decommission the 'RMS' service arose due to initial safety concerns following completion of St. Helena's first commercial airport and in which have since been resolved. Flights connecting to the remote South Atlantic island began last October.
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - The unique Royal Mail Ship, RMS St Helena (see related ship for sale report), will depart on a final voyage from the remote South Atlantic island of St. Helena on Saturday, 10 February, having dutifully served for the…
Ferry operator raises concerns over the poor road network to and from Loch Ryan Port, Cairnryan. The Scottish port handles approximately 45% of NI trade (through Belfast) with the rest of the UK.
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#Ferry - Across Northern Ireland businesses continue to be disadvantaged by poor road access to their key markets in the UK. Ferry operator Stena Line has raised concerns with local political and business stakeholders to increase the focus and necessity…
Animal welfare groups raise concerns and have slammed the “disgraceful” calls from the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) to increase livestock exports in 2018. A ferry operator engaged in this trade on an Ireland-France route, Stena Line is due next month to refit a ferry. The IFA want to ensure a replacement ship is available for peak export weeks during February and March.
Ferry
#FerryNews - Animal welfare groups internationally have slammed the “disgraceful” calls from the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) to increase the live export of Irish livestock in 2018. As the Green News.ie writes, the comments come in response to calls from…
Exports of live cattle soared 35pc last year to over 196,000 head. Afloat adds that from next month a livestock-only vessel will replace a Rosslare-Cherbourg passenger ferry, Stena Horizon which is to undergo annual refit. During the month long refit, there will be no sailings on the Ireland-France route.
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#FerryNews - An alternative livestock export vessel is to replace a Stena Line ferry and is due to be inspected by officials this week. According to the Independent.ie, the announcement will calm farmer fears that the Stena Horizon's temporary removal…
European Causeway bound for Cairnryan while off the Scottish coast.
Ferry
#FerryNews - The highest volume of freight traffic in six years was carried on P&O Ferries Larne-Cairnryan service during 2017. The ferry and logistics company, which operates between Northern Ireland and Scotland, carried 210,533 lorries and trailers on its ships…
Babcock International Group leads a consortium wanting to construct Type 31e ships for the UK's Royal Navy - and says Devonport, Cornwall will play key role. The group also has a shipyard in Appledore, Devon where an Irish Naval Service OPV90 newbuild is currently under construction.
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - Dockyard operator Babcock International Group plc has made a bid for the £1.25billion contract to build the UK’s new frigates in Devonport. The engineering giant writes the UK's The Herald, will lead a consortium which wants to construct…
Tug safety training courses on offer using the marine navigation simulation suite at the Port of Milford Haven, south Wales
Ports & Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - The Welsh port of Milford Haven in south Wales, is offering tug safety training courses that uses a powerful virtual-reality ship simulation system, which will assist tug boat operators from across Britain. The Navigation Suite, based at Milford…
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