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Seafarers' (Covid-19) Rights: An international maritime summit which was a first for the UK in regards to addressing the impact of COVID-19 on crew changes and more issues that challenge seafarers globally was held in London last week. ABOVE AFLOAT's photo of tug Irishman (40 ton bollard pull) assisting cruiseship Marco Polo (with an international crew) depart the lock system at Port of Hull, England into the Humber estuary leading into the North Sea. The cruiseship was also a regular to Irish waters. According to Marco Polo's operator, Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) have stated due to the continued escalation of the global pandemic outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus, Government advisories in force and the lockdown of many countries and ports around the world, we CMV has taken the decision to suspend all our cruises up to 25th August 2020. As for the Irish authorities, they advise against all non-essential travel overseas until further notice. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship.
Seafarers worldwide will get enhanced rights as key workers following a joint commitment made at the International Maritime Summit held in London last week. UK holds first international maritime summit to address impact of COVID-19 on crew changes international recognition…
Dublin Port
DocksTheFuture, the European Commission-funded project aimed at defining the vision for the ports of the future in 2030, has announced the launch of a ‘Network of Excellence’. The Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) represents Irish ports in this network with…
Newbuilds pictorial: Arklow Archer, the latest of a new 'A' class series of bulk orientated dry-cargo vessels for the Irish owners Arklow Shipping. At the ship's launch the customary gathering of the public to view the spectacle was not an option due to Covid-19 health restrictions. Also depicted beneath is another newbuild the W' class Arklow Wood.
Afloat has tracked the newest Arklow Shipping 'A' class newbuild cargoship Arklow Archer which is currently under tow on a canal from a Dutch inland shipyard to a North Sea port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The newbuild Arklow Archer is a…
The Welsh capital of Cardiff where the port has welcomed a new contract with a global energy company that will assist in fueling the economy of the city and the wider region
The Welsh capital of Cardiff is where its port celebrated the start of a new contract with Valero, a global refiner specialising in the manufacture of transportation fuels and petrochemical products. The development will help power the economy of the…
As container carriers have done well during the (Covid-19) pandemic, cargo owners have faced inflated transport costs and lower service quality, with many shippers reporting cargo roll-overs and carriers prioritising higher-paying spot cargo, Drewry notes. Above AFLOAT photo taken of a deep-sea containership.
As container lines have done relatively well financially during the Covid-19 pandemic, cargo owners have faced inflated transport costs and lower service quality, with many shippers reporting cargo roll-overs and carriers prioritising higher-paying spot cargo, according to container shipping consultancy…
Euroports: Containers on board a lo-lo vessel along with those stacked ashore at the Tivoli Container Terminal, Port of Cork.
Ports in the European Union fully endorse the idea to help private investors to prioritise green and sustainable investments by providing them a clear manual with common definitions. According to the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), however they have asked…
Hapag Lloyd AG through their Irish subsidiary have launched a new weekly container service on BG Freight Line's existing 'feeder' routes.  This connects the south-east of Ireland with deep-sea global shipping hubs of Liverpool and Rotterdam and will provide alternative logistical solutions.
Shipping company Hapag Lloyd Ireland , in partnership with BG Freight Line's 'feeder' services are to launch a new port offering from Belview, the main terminal in Waterford. According to the Port of Waterford, this will complement their existing container…
Carlingford Lough: Warrenpoint Port's AGM (Annual Report - 2019) was held virtually for the first time due to restrictions imposed by the impact of Covid-19. Above AFLOAT adds is the low-air draft general drycargo short-sea trader Peak Oslo (formerly Union Sun) on the Lough which derives its name from the Old Norse Kerlingfjǫrðr, meaning 'narrow sea-inlet of the hag'. The ship in this foreshortened view is deceptive given its 87.66m length, a beam of 11.05m and a draft of 2.7m. The 1985 built / 1,543 grt ship is from the an original series built for Union Transport Group based in Kent, UK, that included Union Moon which along with a ferry collided into eachother in Belfast Lough as Afloat reported in 2012. Later that year the MAIB deemed both vessels at fault for the incident.
Warrenpoint Port held for the first time an annual general meeting (AGM) virtually due to the unprecedented circumstances brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and current Government guidance on social distancing. A digital copy of the Co. Down's port Annual Report, outlining…
Belfast to Build Zero Emissions Ferries Following £60m Funding Boost
A Belfast Lough Maritime Consortium led by Artemis Technologies has won a £33 million UK Government innovation grant to develop zero emissions ferries in the city, that will revolutionise the future of maritime transport. With further investment from consortium partners,…
Latest ‘Ocean Of Learning’ Series Sees Bright Future For Ireland’s Shipping Sector
As an island nation, Ireland is dependent on ports and shipping services to transport goods, and 90% of our trade is moved though Irish ports. Shipping and maritime transport services make a significant contribution to Ireland’s ocean economy, with the…
To join in the Nautical Institute webinar this Thursday you must register, see below.
The Nautical Institute is to host a webinar this Thursday (25 June) at 1400 BST (UK time). So here's an opportunity to join the Nautical Institute CEO Captain John Lloyd and a distinguished panel of international experts in celebrating the…
After successful implementation in selected countries, the container line (MSC) is now extending the programme to clients worldwide throughout 2020. Above AFLOAT adds is DNV GL's ground-breaking new class notation to mitigate fire risks on container ships had been awarded to MSC. The notation has been implemented on the largest container ships in the world, the 23,000+ TEU MSC Gülsün class with their also important lowest CO2 emissions per container carried by design.
Following a successful implementation in selected countries, global container line Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is now extending its the MSC Carbon Neutral Programme to clients worldwide throughout 2020. Since early 2019, MSC has partnered with leading global climate solutions provider…
Independent Vision arrives at the Port of Cork on Saturday 6 June
The Port of Cork hailed the arrival of ICL’s cargo vessel Independent Vision yesterday (Saturday 6 June) to commence the start of a new weekly direct service from Cork Harbour to the United States. As previously reported on, the…
The European Commission’s report - the first of its kind on CO2 emissions from maritime transport - estimates that merchant ships added over 138 million tonnes to EU carbon emissions in 2018
European merchant ships generate almost four per cent of total EU carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, a new EU report states. The European Commission’s report - the first of its kind on CO2 emissions from maritime transport - estimates that merchant…
NO TRADE DEAL: A busy 'file' photo scene in Dublin Port AFLOAT adds shows Helen, a small short-sea coaster depart with the backdrop of berthed containerships at the DFT terminal (part of the ICG Group) which yesterday received new cranes invested at the facility. This is one of the port's three container terminals that play a vital role in imports and exports to and from the UK, the EU and beyond.
At a press briefing today, the EU’s Chief Negotiator pointed out that the UK is not living up to several crucial issues jointly agreed in the Political Declaration from October 2019, including the level playing field.  The end of the…
Arklow Rover (recently sold to Norwegian interests) is seen a few years back in Dublin Port at the Deep Water Berth (DWB) from where other fleetmates of Arklow Shipping feature in a documentary 'Keepers of the Port' which is only available to watch until today. On a related note, also today berthed at the DWB is Arklow Vale which can be viewed on another LINK below which shows the excellent filming of the ship's launch.
Wilson Porto the former Arklow Rover recently acquired by Norwegian interests, Wilson Ship Management along with another 'R' class fleetmate which Afloat will later report on, is berthed today in Belfast Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. The general cargoship of 2,999…

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