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The Merseyside Maritime Industry Awards (MMIA) held in Liverpool's Titanic Hotel, are now considered one of the most prestigious events on the UK maritime calendar. They were hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin, with keynote speaker Harry Theochari, Chair of Maritime UK.
#ports - A UK ports operator the Peel Ports Group has received the ‘Freight & Logistics’ category prize at the prestigious Mersey Maritime Industry Awards held in Liverpool. Over 400 guests attended the annual event last Thursday where accolades were…
A second protest is to be held on Saturday evening (March 23) at around 10pm, where Holyhead Port in north Wales could be blockaded.
#ports - Plans for vehicle go-slows orchestrated by a north Wales man in protest at the UK Government's handling of Brexit are now expected to take place across the country. As NorthWalesLive reports, The Brexit Protest and Direct Action Group,…
UK shipyard closure: The Appledore yard in north Devon was founded in 1855 on the estuary of the River Torridge. AFLOAT adds the final ship to be built at the facility was the Irish Naval Service fourth OPV90 /P60 class L.E. George Bernard Shaw (P54) which was floated out last year. Above a close-up of the bridge of the P54 which is currently on a call in Cork City and will be open to the public for free guided tours tomorrow, St. Patrick's Day.
#ports&shipping- In the UK, Babcock International has closed its Appledore shipyard yesterday, bringing down the shutters on the site in north Devon after almost two centuries. As The Times reports, workers described the day as “heartbreaking” as they walked around…
Merseyside shipyard Cammell Laird, Birkenhead where works continue of the red hulled RRS Sir David Attenborough, a new polar research vessel which was launched last year amid much fanfare. Also above arriving to the marine engineering facility is leadship of the new Tide-Class replenishment tanker RFA Tidespring of the British Royal Auxiliary Fleet (RFA) which entered service in 2017 and is at Birkenhead to undergo its inaugural docking period.
#ports&shipping - Leadship of a new series of Tide-class tankers RFA Tidespring of the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) arrived on the Mersey at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, UK for its inaugural docking period. The arrival last week of the…
Russian vessel Seagrand hits a bridge head on
The Russian vessel Seagrand hit a bridge in the South Korean city of Busan yesterday as depicted in this tweeted video below. There were no casualties according to reports but there was 'severe' damage to the bridge. Police detained Russian sailors onboard.…
At last year's presentation of the ESPO Awards. As for 2019, entries are now open to submit, closing date is Friday 28 June.
#ports - The theme of this year's European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award on Societal Integration of Ports is “Transparency and the role of social media in reaching out to local community”. The ESPO Award 2019 will go to the…
At today's launch of Arklow Wind (above leadship Wave) in Germany, where in Leer the public were invited including children could be heard (see below YouTube link) with excitement as they watched the second of a quartet of 16,500dwt sisters make for a splash in the Schiff Canal.
#shipping - Following last month's media headlines on Arklow Shipping and its relationship with Seaborne Freight which the UK Government had earmarked among firms to alleviate freight capacity in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Irish company today added another…
New Dublin Port Customs Check Posts Will Be ‘Pinch Point’ Says CEO
New customs checkpoints in Dublin Port are expected to be a ‘pinch point’ for hauliers, according to the port company’s chief executive. Eamonn O'Reilly tells RTÉ News that delays are likely to result from the new border inspection posts as…
Sea Change: ‘Amazon & Alibaba Creating the Biggest Revolution in Shipping’
ParcelHero’s David Jinks will tell a major world maritime conference in London. Shipping lines will be forced to either integrate with Amazon and Alibaba or be submerged by the digital revolution. ‘A change in global supply chains even greater than…
Clare Guinness, CEO, Warrenpoint Port
Warrenpoint Port handled 3.6 million tonnes of cargo in 2018, the highest annual level recorded in the harbour’s history. The total value of goods moving through the port also reached record levels, surpassing £6.5 billion for the first time. The…
Rapporteur Deirdre Clune, an Irish MEP. The EPSO welcomes new regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment (EMSWe).
#ports&shipping- The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed the agreement reached on 7 February between the Parliament and the Council on the new regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment (EMSWe). With the new framework, which will repeal…
The straight stemmed bow of the newest merchant ship under the Irish flag, Arklow Wave is seen docked in the UK at the Port of Ipswich, East Anglia prior to discharging wheat in Belfast Harbour.
#shipping - The newest merchant ship under the Irish flag arrived to Belfast Harbour on Wednesday, writes Jehan Ashmore Since delivery to owners Arklow Shipping Ltd in October 2018, Afloat has tracked the 16,500dwt Arklow Wave (see launch) initially operate…
Former Royal Mail Ship (RMS) St Helena having passed through Tower Bridge, arrives to moor alongside HMS Belfast in the Pool of London this week (see link below to Afloat's 2016 coverage). St. Helena's visit was to promote Extreme E electric car racing launching in 2021 as the ship will transport the championship’s supplies and equipment. Afloat adds in 1995, RMS St. Helena made a once-off charter to Swan Hellenic Cruises with calls to Ireland, Dublin and Cork (Cobh), Isle of Man and the Western Scottish Isles.
#shipping - Former Royal Mail Ship (RMS) St Helena returned to London almost three years after a farewell 'once off' visit took place just days before the UK Referendum to remain or leave the EU was held, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat…
Agri Food Imports Boost Port of Cork Traffic in 2018
The Port of Cork reports total traffic through both the Port of Cork and Bantry Bay Port Company reached 10.6 million tonnes in 2018, an increase of 3% compared to 2017. Total imports increased by 8% while exports increased by…
Idea of cargo ships travelling directly to French ports to bypass the UK floated. Above the stern of DFDS Seaways (Transmanche Ferries) English Channel / Newhaven-Dieppe ferry ’Cote d’Albatre’ (see link below to Afloat's piece) docked in Dieppe, Normandy, France.
#shipping - Leaders in politics and business from Normandy visited Dublin last week to discuss contingency plans for Brexit including cargo ships travelling directly to French ports to bypass the UK “landbridge” to the EU. As The Irish Times reports,…
€35.7m capital investment package in six Fishery Harbour Centres and other fisheries related marine infrastructure
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced details of a €35.7m Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland’s publicly owned harbour network. In announcing the initiative the Minister said “I am delighted to…

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