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Coastguard & Lifeboats Assisting Drifting Cargo Vessel off Waterford
In a major mobilisation of rescue services off the south-east coast this evening, the Irish Coast Guard is coordinating assistance being provided to a cargo vessel that has lost power off the Waterford Harbour. The Coast Guard said in a…
SPORTING A NEW LOOK: Former Royal Mail Ship, RMS St. Helena that served its South Atlantic UK territory namesake is now to be used to transport a new electric off-road racing series called Extreme E. The 30 year old Scottish built ship simply renamed without its RMS status as St. Helena, last month completed 18 months in dry dock following a multi-million pound refit contract at Cammell Laird on Merseyside. On the opposite side of the Irish Sea at Dublin Port, the RMS St. Helena made a notable once off visit during a special charter cruise in 1995.
The Irish Sea shipyard of Cammell Laird in the UK at Birkenhead on Merseyside has reported a strong 2020 despite the challenges of Covid-19 – with its construction hall, workshops and dry docks in continuous use since the start of…
IMDO To Marine Transport: ‘ACT Now & Prepare to Switch’ Before Brexit
‘ACT now and Prepare to Switch’ — that’s the message to the logistics and maritime transport sectors from the IMDO as the prospect of a disorderly Brexit looms. The two-part strategy for stakeholders begins with ACT, or Assess, Communicate, Trial.…
The issue was raised during a meeting this morning of the EU-UK Joint Committee. Above Afloat adds it the Port of Larne, the busy Co. Antrim ferryport where the service to Cairnryan, Scotland is the shortest sea-route between N.I and Britain.
The EU is seeking to have 15 customs and veterinary staff working alongside UK officials at ports and Belfast Airport to ensure the proper implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol, RTÉ News understands. In return, the EU would drop an…
This online conference and workshop aims to explore the key role played by Ireland’s ports, coastal communities and maritime sector in its membership of the EU
During the process of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, there was, rightly, a great deal of focus in public debate on the issues confronting Ireland’s border communities. On 20 November 2020, the Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies (IACES)…
Maersk Line, the world's largest operator in container shipping is to cut 2,000 jobs. AFLOAT today tracked the line's Maersk Niamey of 2,592TEU (nominal) arrival at the Port of Cork following a trans-Atlantic route from Puerto Moin, Costa Rica in central America.  Cork is part of Maersk's 'CRX - Southbound" service which connects Ireland with other Latin American destinations. The ship's next port of call is the UK at the London Container Terminal at Tilbury. Cork along with Dublin (above photo) and Belfast is also served by Maersk 'feeder' services to mainland Europe.
Shipping container giant, Maersk revealed that it will make around 2,000 staff redundant due to changes to the organisation linked to the integration of Damco into its Ocean Logistics business and the removal of the separate Safmarine brand, which it…
Dmitri Jelezoglo student of NMCI presented with the award by Captain Dermot Gray
The Irish Institute of Master Mariners (IIMM) presented the annual Don Curtis Award to a student of the National Maritime College of Ireland. Sponsored by the IIMM the award was presented by Captain Dermot Gray, the Institute's President to student…
Maritime digital training firm Tapiit Live launches a new seafarer mental health live training package in advance of World Mental Health Day (tommorrow, 10th October).  Among the issues facing seafarers according to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) figures estimate that as many as 300,000 seafarers each month will require international flights to enable crew changeovers. Additionally, around 70,000 cruise ship staff are currently waiting for repatriation.
Seafarers left stranded by the coronavirus pandemic and facing other challenges is where a UK headquartered maritime tech training company is launching a new package of mental health courses for those working at sea.  The launch by Liverpool based Tapiit Live…
Brexit 'Freeports': Logistics UK welcomes the move to offer ‘an ambitious customs model, measures to speed up planning processes, and a commitment to geographic flexibility and opportunities for all transport modes’. Above AFLOAT's photo of a hazy Humber Estuary (Killingholme) on the North Sea. On the right Delphine which in 2018 joined sister Celine dubbed the 'Brexit-Buster' on Ireland-mainland Europe services of Dublin-Belgium/Netherlands. On the left another ro-ro freight-ferry Stena Scotia currently operates on the Irish Sea between Belfast and Heysham, England. In the foreground heading upriver the 70 bollard pull tonnes tug Svitzer Laura.
In the UK the government has set out further details today around how it plans to create a number of new “innovative” freeports across the UK in a bid to “drive investment and create jobs” after the end of the…
British Ports Asociation has welcomed the UK Government’s new Port Infrastructure Fund for borders infrastructure, which will now be be allocated on a grant basis
UK port representatives have welcomed a £200m (US$250m) government fund launched last Friday to boost the nation's port infrastructure to prepare for the end of the UK’s transition period from the EU at the end of this year, but warned…
Liverpool, the UK north-west port operated by Peel Ports has welcomed OOCL's move to operate from the riverside terminal on the UK-Canada service. Above AFLOAT adds is OOCL St. Lawrence berthed at the Irish Sea's largest container facility at Liverpool2 located on Merseyside and adjoining Liverpool Docks.
Containership operator Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) in the UK is to move its Liverpool operations for its Europe-Canada trade to the port’s deepwater container terminal Liverpool2. The new vessel [to the route] has a capacity 67% greater than the…
RoRo freight ferries Afloat adds occupy berths in the UK at the Port of Heysham on the Irish Sea
The UK government today is ramping up its preparations for the end of the transition period with the launch of a £200 million fund for ports to build new facilities. Government launches the Port Infrastructure Fund to build new facilities…
As many as 400,000 seafarers are unable to leave ships worldwide because of Covid 19 travel restrictions in various countries
A serious emerging problem which could affect essential food and other supplies is not being dealt with according to the biggest shipping companies in the world. The International Chamber of Shipping has asked the United Nations to intervene after releasing…
Port Glasgow in south-west Scotland where Hull 802, seen to the right of the shipyard, is one of two delayed CalMac ferries.
Scottish shipbuilder Ferguson Marine (Port Glasgow) has placed three contracts, worth more than £15 million, with companies to continue work on two CalMac ferries It’s hoped that the move, The National reports, is in order to further progress the completion…
The new ship, 2015 built Mainport Geo is 50 m LOA
Cork based shipping company, Irish Mainport Holdings, has announced its entry into the Offshore Wind Sector with its investment in a 50-metre Survey and Research Ship, the Mainport Geo, and at the same time buying a share of Wicklow based…
British Ports Association says decarbonisation, innovation, infrastructure, freeports and properly functioning and resourced regulators are key asks for future UK government spending. Above AFLOAT adds is the Liverpool Docks and in the distance the red gantry cranes on Merseyside, where container terminal 'Liverpool2' opened in recent years.
The British Ports Association (BPA) outlines that decarbonisation, innovation, infrastructure, freeports and properly functioning and resourced regulators are key asks for future government spending, which the association set out in a letter to the UK Chancellor from the ports industry…

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