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New cranes totaling three built in China onboard a heavy-lift vessel alongside the Liverpool2 container terminal
Three ‘megamax’ quayside cranes from China destined for the Liverpool2 container terminal in UK have been delivered to the Irish Sea port. Thee cranes according to ITJ.com, are part the second phase of the terminal project to provide additional capacity…
Scottish shipyard Ferguson Marine located at Inverclyde has been taken into public ownership. In this file photo, the first of a pair of ferries under construction, Glen Sannox is to operate for Scottish state-owned operator CalMac on the Isle of Arran service across the Firth of Clyde.
Shipyard Ferguson Marine has officially been taken into public ownership, the Scottish Government has announced. The move, reports STV News, came on Tuesday after administrators agreed the final terms of the transaction with Scottish Ministers. The yard will now be…
Berthed at the Port of Liverpool is an ACL containership of the generation G4 class
A new 15-year contract extension for container and roll-on/roll-off operations at the Port of Liverpool until the year 2035 has been agreed with Atlantic Container Line (ACL). According to the port's operator, Peel Ports Group, ACL is already the largest…
Unloading of containers from a EUCON lo-lo vessel, Elbetrader at the Port of Rotterdam.
Dublin based Irish Continental Group (ICG) has brought its sixth containership. The shipowner and ferry operator, reports Tradewinds, has acquired the 974teu CT Rotterdam (built 2009), for an undisclosed price. Afloat adds that the container vessel was preceeded by another…
Launching of newbuild Arklow Accord also introduced a new ship name in the history of the Co. Wicklow based shipping company which was established more than 60 years ago
Arklow Accord is the latest of a new series for ship-owner Arklow Shipping Ltd, however the bulk oriented cargo vessel is also a first for the company to use this ship name, writes Jehan Ashmore. The launching of newbuild Arklow…
A (lo-lo) containership underway
A process has begun at the European Commission for reviewing the 2013 TEN-T guidelines with a public consultation before next summer. The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) believes the review should not lead to a complete change of direction in…
The ESPO Award winner is the Port of Dover which was presented with the annual award during a ceremony at the Albert Hall in Brussels, Belgium.
This year's European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award winner is the Port of Dover in recognition of its successful strategy to reach out to the local community and to directly communicate with the port citizens. Using social media as a…
Among projects in the work pipeline for the Merseyside based shipyard of Cammell Laird (which in October 2018), won two 10-year contracts to support the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) worth an estimated £619 million. Above AFLOAT adds apprentices at the dry-dock facility in Birkenhead with the veteran RFA Fort Victoria (A387) an auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship which also transports ammunition, fuel, food and supplies to the UK's Royal Navy.
In the UK along Merseyside is shiprepairer, shipbuilder, and engineering services company Cammell Laird which has recruited 20 new apprentices to its workforce. The famous shipyard on Birkenhead, says it has completed the most rigorous recruitment process ever undertaken with…
The IIMM and the Irish Chamber of Shipping's 2019 Marine Ball is set on course for the social event held in Malahide, Co. Dublin
The Irish Institute of Master Mariners and the Irish Chamber of Shipping's annual Marine Ball is to be held this week on Saturday, 16th November in the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co. Dublin. This year's Marine Ball Black Tie evening will…
The historic UK shipyard at Appledore could reopen as early as December if a deal is secured at talks, say sources. AFLOAT adds the last vessel to be built at the north Devon shipyard was the OPV LÉ George Bernard Shaw, the fourth and final of the OPV90/P60 Class, which in April this year was commissioned by the Irish Naval Service.
In the UK at the Appledore shipyard in Devon, the facility is close to reopening, 12 months after its 164-year shipbuilding history appeared to have come to an end. The shipyard could reopen as soon as December if a deal…
Gantry cranes at a port connected with railway service
Experts from both sea and inland ports over the last year, have been assessing the European railway legislation from a port perspective. This has resulted in a position paper adopted by the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and the European…
Scottish Government Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay said the action taken would help to ensure a future for the yard where above AFLOAT adds is newbuild Glen Sannox, the first of the pair of public sector ferries (for operator CalMac) which the yard is working to finally complete. Note on the superstructure the Scots-Gaelic name of the duel-fuel ferry is 'Gleann Sannaig'
A contract has been signed by the Scottish Government to take the troubled Ferguson Marine shipyard into public ownership, reports The National. It follows an agreement reached last month for the Government to take over the yard after the firm…
Heavy-lift vessel, Maria berthed at Pembroke Dock on the Milford Haven waterway in south Wales, transported components of the former Murco oil refinery to Pakistan. AFLOAT adds the operation was somewhat similar to those in Ireland during 2004, when the disused Irish Fertiliser Industries (IFI) plant at Shelton Abbey in the Vale of Avoca, Co. Wicklow was dismantled. Large components of the plant that could not access Arklow Port were transported by road to Dublin Port from where heavy-lift vessel, Vega, exported parts for further re-use also in Pakistan in addition to China and Finland. Source: Journal of the Sea (Vol.1 No. 3 Winter 2004) a magazine published by the Maritime Institute of Ireland (National Maritime Museum, Dun Laoghaire).
A decommissioned oil refinery have been successfully exported from Pembroke Dock, south Wales to Pakistan.   The final parts of the former Murco Refinery plant in Pembrokeshire that closed in 2014 were recently removed in an operation that took six-weeks to…
With the cost of compliance to new low-sulphur regulations set to top $10bn in the first year alone, container 'box' lines need to pass through the expense. But if presented correctly, they could use IMO 2020 to offer differentiated services.  AFLOAT adds above the foremast (houseflag) of Cruise & Maritime Voyages Marco Polo bound for Harwich in the UK and also a trio of containerships berthed at the nearby Port of Felixstowe. This is the UK's busiest container port accounting for 48% of Britain's box trade.
According to a new report, sharing the cost of the International Maritime Organization’s new sulphur rules (see: Irish Sea ferry operator) across the containerised supply chain could mark a new era of greener shipping transportation. As LloydsLoadingList writes the report by…
An AFLOAT photo of Ship-To-Shore (STS) gantry cranes (background) assembled at Liebherr's Irish plant in Killarney and shipped from Cork Dockyard to the UK's North Sea port of Hull (above) Container Terminal (see: P&S news, 16th Feb). Also pictured is short-sea trader, Scot Mariner which specialises in transporting sawn Scandinavian timber products to Irish ports. A twin of the Scotline cargoship, Scot Venture is today berthed almost opposite of Cork Dockyard at Passage West in the centre of the natural harbour.
The UK's largest port operator, Associated British Ports (ABP) is calling on all UK technology companies to help overcome specific operational challenges in the maritime industry. ABP is partnering with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), to run the EnSiX Challenge Competition,…
The UK Red Ensign also known as the 'Red Duster' at the aft of a North Channel ferry bound for Northern Ireland having departed Scotland. AFLOAT adds on board are freight vehicles including a trade car with protective white-coloured covers . On the centre of the horizon is the feint outline of the island of Ailsa Craig.
On the concluding day of the British Ports Association conference in Belfast as previously reported on Afloat, the BHA and UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG) have responded to the latest EU withdrawal agreement currently awaiting parliamentary approval. Under the latest…

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