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Europe’s ports at the crossroads of transitions. This is the theme of the ESPO Conference Regatta 2021. From recovery, greening, TEN-T, the changing role of ports, hydrogen to zero pollution ports: there is so much to talk about. Join us 25-28 May!
Next month the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Conference (25-26 May) will be sailing towards you from the south to the north of Europe. The ESPO Conference Regatta 2021 will be starting in the Port of Valencia on 25 May,…
The UK's Transport Secretary has appointed a new Chair to HM Maritime & Coastguard Agency which will see Christopher Rodrigues, formally take up the role this month, following a recent role as chairman of the Port of London Authority. Above a shipping scene from the PLA which AFLOAT adds shows berthed at Tilbury Cruise Terminal, Magellan that served the Irish market (but was scrapped earlier this year), the tug Switzer London and a tanker underway on the Thames estuary.
In the UK, the Secretary of State for Transport has appointed Christopher Rodrigues CBE as the new Non-Executive Chair of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The government agency charged with further enhancing the UK’s position at the forefront of…
Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) closes in on Maersk as largest operator of containership tonnage. With a larger orderbook, MSC could soon overtake its 2M partner as the world’s largest box line
Containership giant, Mediterranean Shipping Co is on track to overtake 2M alliance partner Maersk as the world’s largest container line by capacity deployed if it continues with its aggressive acquisition policy. MSC operates a fleet of 587 boxships comprising 3.9m…
File image of Dublin Port
The European TEN-T Coordinators for the Motorways of the Sea and the Atlantic and North Sea-Mediterranean Corridors have organised an online joint workshop on smart and sustainable maritime transport in the Atlantic and North Sea region post-Brexit over two days…
In the UK, the Peel Ports group, successfully completed a first trial of an autonomous survey vessel. This was the first Port group in Britain to take delivery of such a vessel, which completed its first successful trial at Crosby Marina.
In the UK, Peel Ports is the first Port group in the country to take delivery of an autonomous unmanned survey vessel, which completed its first successful trial at Crosby Marine Lake, north of Liverpool. Peel Ports offered Sefton Council…
Ever Given freed: European Shippers’ Council says cargo owners need carriers to provide better information and greater consideration to their customers to help minimise supply chain delays, as Maersk reopens for short-term bookings after being ‘successful with a number of mitigation efforts’
Operators of shipping companies are failing to provide Europe’s shippers with enough information about service disruptions and port rotations following the Suez Canal closure, according to Jordi Espin, strategic relations manager at the European Shippers’ Council. Europe’s container terminals have…
The Eemslift Hendrika moments before a number of its crew jumped from its deck as it listed dangerously to starboard
The crew of a Dutch cargo vessel were rescued by helicopter as their ship developed a heavy list in the Norwegian Sea late on Monday (5 April). Now there are concerns that the Eemslift Hendrika, which remains adrift with its…
Egypt's Suez Canal Authority says a shipping traffic jam caused by a giant container vessel getting stuck on the crucial waterway for almost a week has been cleared
In Egypt, the Suez Canal Authority has said that a shipping traffic jam caused by a giant container vessel getting stuck on the crucial waterway for almost a week has been cleared. Traffic on the canal, a conduit for over…
European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has called on Member States and the EU to take port projects on board in the recovery and resilience plans. Above Afloat adds a shipping scene at the Port of Rotterdam where an inland waterway container-feeder barge is underway while and a deep-sea containership is berthed at Europe's largest port.
European ports in recent months have been playing a critical role in the supply and distribution of essential goods and in keeping the economy running. As gateways to the world, being at the crossroads of supply chains, hubs of energy,…
GLOBAL SHIFT: Søren Skou (CEO of A.P. Møller-Maersk) believes further exposure of the fragility of just-in-time models adds additional momentum to the move towards just-in-case stockholding and diversification of suppliers. Above AFLOAT adds, the stricken Suez vessel, Ever Green, of the 20,000 (TEU) 'Golden' class, is one of the largest containerships in the world, based on the capacity of TEU (Twenty-foot equivalent unit) containers. Above AFLOAT's photo of a previous title holder, Mette Maersk of the Triple E-class (18,000 TEU) berthed at the UK's biggest 'box-boat' Port of Felixstowe. The Danish flagged containership, had transitted the Suez, is currently off Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean and according to AIS, is scheduled to arrive in Singapore on 3rd April (this Saturday).
Blockage of the Suez Canal that had been caused by Evergreen's containership ‘Ever Given’ since 23 March, will hasten the global shift away from just-in-time supply chains after further exposing their fragility, according to A.P. Møller-Maersk CEO Søren Skou. The…
Onshore Power Supply (OPS): Calls by Europe’s ports for more onshorepower where it makes sense. Read about the Europen Sea Ports Organisation's (ESPO) proposal for an intelligent approach towards OPS.
The Onshore Power Supply (OPS) is part of the solution to greening the shipping sector. It is an important tool for reducing CO2 emissions and air pollution at berth and in ports. The greening of the shipping sector is a…
Over the moon…..the huge Ever Given (beam is 200 metres, length 1400 metres) is finally back in line this (Monday) afternoon in the Suez Canal, thanks to a a useful combination of wind and tide and tugs and dredgers and salvage skills
The enormous container ship Ever Given was finally freed this (Monday) afternoon from her global trade-wrecking blockage of the Suez Canal. After days of struggle, salvage crews freed the giant container ship. Human error is considered in the cause of…
This proposal for a solution of the problem of mega-load of containers on the Ever Given has taken thoughtful account of local sensitivities and an ancient culture
As the old business school saying has it, there are no problems - there are only fresh opportunities. The acute problem of the relatively rare blockage of the Suez Canal, with the salvors of the 400m Ever Given faced with…
Salvage efforts are continuing to free a mammoth container ship, Ever Given that has blocked the Suez Canal for six days, crippling international trade and causing losses worth millions of euro.
Ever Given, the giant container ship remains stuck in the Suez Canal on Sunday after authorities tried and failed to make use of the high tide to free the vessel and reopen the crucial waterway. Two attempts to free the…
Matters of Draught: At the High Court, Arklow Shipping claims it cannot operate in any port without reliable information about depth, readings of which it says should be taken on a daily basis. Above: Arklow Valour in the company colours of a green hull of the single-hold cargoship.
A Drogheda Harbour pilot boat captain has told the High Court “we all underestimated” the underwater clearance a cement-laden cargoship needed before it ran aground at the Co. Louth port in 2018. Captain Andrew Breach was giving evidence in a €1.4 million…
 They should build coffer dams ahead and astern of the Ever Given
When Lou Grade produced the unsuccessful and ridiculously expensive movie Raise the Titanic, he said afterwards that it would have cost less to lower the Atlantic.’s suggestion for the Ever Given blocked in the Suez Canal is the opposite.…

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