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Multicat workboat Willendeavour carries out an annual overhaul of moorings at the RNLI Lifeboat Station in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The workboat operated by UK firm, Williams Shipping which was founded in 1894 celebrates this year their 125th anniversary.
Afloat tracked a trio of UK based workboats from the same company that carried out tasks on the Irish Sea and beyond and which involved an overhaul of harbour moorings to the towage of a brand new ro-ro freight ferry,…
Of the $250 billion in Chinese exports subject so far to US tariffs, more than 80% will be captured by firms in other countries, with the EU set to make the biggest gains, study estimates. AFLOAT's photo above depicts deep-sea containership Mette Maersk berthed at Felixstowe, the UK's busiest 'box'boat port which is almost opposite of Harwich from where was inward bound the cruiseship Marco Polo. Today, the veteran classic cruiseship is visiting Dublin Port while docked at Ocean Pier.
The trade war between the US and China is prompting major shifts in goods flows, impacting all modes of transport, according to a number of new studies into the impact of trade tariffs. As Lloyd’s Loading List reports Europe has multiple…
A Fyffes container while in transit
One of the world’s largest and oldest tropical produce importers and distributors, Fyffes announced today its support for new global regulations that will limit the sulphur content in all marine fuels to 0.5 percent beginning January 1, 2020. Since the…
Newbuild RRS Sir David Attenborough a Polar research ship (in March) moves out of the UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird on Merseyside yard which is to announce today in Norway ambitious plans to disrupt the new-build ferry market with a new specially designed Ro-Pax ferry. AFLOAT adds also at the shipyard (wet basin) is berthed Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker RFA Tidespring, first of four 39,000 tonne Tide-class replenishment tankers completed in recent years for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Since completion in 2017 this was the vessel's inaugural docking period when the ship arrived at the Irish Sea yard in March.
UK shipyard Cammell Laird on Merseyside will today announce at the Nor Shipping trade fair in Oslo, Norway ambitious plans to disrupt the new-build ferry market with a new specially designed Ro-Pax ferry. Liverpool City Region based Cammell Laird is releasing…
At the Port of Barrow, Associated British Ports (ABP) Divisional Port Manager – North West, Carl Bevan (far left) and his team with the UK Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani MP (second from the left) and John Woodcock MP (centre)
At the Irish Sea Port of Barrow the UK Shipping Minister was welcomed at the Cumbrian port for an informative tour to showcase its operations and facilities. The visit hosted by Associated British Ports (ABP) Divisional Port Manager - North…
The oil terminal jetty at Cloghan Point south of Whitehead, Co Antrim
Locals in Whitehead, Co Antrim have been vocal in their opposition to plans that would see the oil terminal at Cloghan Point upgraded to a large-scale distribution hub, as Belfast Live reports. LCC Group, the company behind the Go petrol…
Mark Whitworth, Chief Executive of Peel Ports Group which has acquired Quality Freight (UK) Ltd located in Ellesmore Port (connecting the River Mersey) in Cheshire
A UK ports operator, Peel Ports Group which includes the Port of Liverpool, has announced it has acquired Quality Freight (UK) Limited for an undisclosed amount. The company acquired provides chartering and a range of port services operating from a…
A modular stern section is about to be assembled to a hull AFLOAT adds which became the completed OPV90 (P60 class) L.E. George Bernard Shaw (the final ship to be built) by Babcock's Appledore Shipyard is seen in the covered building hall at Bidna. The north Devon shipyard near Bideford closed in March but now a campaign through crowdfunding is underway to reopen the UK shipyard.
A Plymouth businessman Connor Johnson reports North Devon Gazette has launched a critical campaign through crowdfunding to raise £400,000 by the end of May to seed the revitalisation of the Appledore shipyard which closed in March. Mr Johnson says he…
The coastguard sent lifeboats out to the MSC Matilde docked at Liverpool2 terminal in the early hours of Friday morning. The crew eventually returned to the ship at 8.30am once the vessel was righted.The containership reportedly carried millions of pounds worth of goods.
Dramatic footage shows the moment lifeboat crews arrived to the scene where a container ship was tipping over reports Liverpool Echo. The emergency services were called to assist at Liverpool2 in the early hours of Friday morning after the MSC…
Eamonn O’Reilly (CEO of Dublin Port) and chairman of the European Sea Ports Organisation (EPSO) which from today and tomorrow is holding its annual Conference this year in the Port of Livorno, Italy
In view of the European elections, which will lead to a new Commission, a new European Parliament and a new vision for Europe, European ports have prepared a memorandum emphasising the role port managing bodies can play as facilitators of…
A containership at sea which play a vital role in US-China Trade, however as Lloyd's Loading List report it is Import representatives who warn it is impossible for companies to switch sourcing to other countries in the short term, predicting further front-loading of inventories, as experienced ahead of tariff rises last year.
In the US importers and their logistics providers are preparing for further US-China tariffs and a possible fresh rush to front-load deliveries to beat the next tariff deadline, after the US confirmed its intention to impose 25% duties on further…
The IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee will this week in London discuss an EU proposal on exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers).
#ports&shipping -  The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74) is to commence this week in London, a discussion on an EU proposal on exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers). The proposal, which has been submitted by the…
SMS Towage’s new tug, Manxman makes maiden voyage down the Humber estuary in the UK and where several ports line this coastline that leads to the North Sea.  Among the SMS fleet is Irishman which transferred from Belfast in recent years to the North Sea and today Afloat noted in Solent waters having departing Portsmouth.
#ports&shipping - A towage firm in the UK which includes operations in Belfast, has expanded its fleet with a new tug making a recent arrival onto the Humber estuary that leads to the North Sea, writes Jehan Ashmore. The new…
Anna Malloy, Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Manager with Father Paul Osunyikanmi, Apostleship of the Sea Chaplain for the Port of Milford Haven and Pembroke Port.
#ports&shipping - The south Wales Port of Milford Haven is continuing its support for the Apostleship of the Sea this year with financial backing to help the organisation provide support for seafarers visiting Pembrokeshire. The Apostleship of the Sea provides…
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…

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