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According to the Irish Exporters Association, the ESRI report which said the economy could shrink by at least 7.1% this year is a stark warning of what is to come. The association repeated its call for the Government to begin…
Portree lifeboat approaches the grounded cargo ship MV Kaami
An exclusion zone was set up around a cargo ship out of Drogheda that ran aground in Scotland’s Hebrides earlier this week, as it was battered by persisting storm conditions. As previously reported on, eight crew were airlifted from…
Irish Exporters Association with Dept. of Transport is tomorrow (Friday, 27 March at 1300hrs) to hold a webiner to discuss the latest COVID-19 situation including invitation to join in the discussion. Noting Registration is required to participate in this event.
The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) announced yesterday in conjunction with the Department of Transport that tomorrow (Friday, 27 March at 1300) they are to hold a webiner to discuss the latest COVID-19 situation. A Q&A session will be part of the…
Temporary Measures To Minimise Impact Of Covid-19 On Ports & Shipping
Temporary measures are being put in place in relation to the validity of both seafarers’ documents and the survey and certification of Irish-registered ships impacted as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Marine Notice No 14 of 2020 outlines measures…
File photo of Warrenpont Port, AFLOAT adds were Arklow Shipping general cargo ships meet (today the Arklow Rainbow arrived to the Co. Down port) having crossed the Irish Sea from Garston Port on the estuary of the River Mersey. On the right is the bunker tanker, Mersey Spirit managed by John H. Whitaker (Tankers) Runcorn. AFLOAT over the years as reported regularly when the small ship supplied fuel to diverse vessels throughout the Irish Sea. It is in this sea region that Seatruck Ferries operate as the main and only (ro-ro freight) customer out of Warrenpoint to Heysham. The UK port in Lancashire is where Seatruck also serve a Heysham-Dublin route in addition a Dublin-Liverpool link.
In reflecting on the ongoing public health crisis, Warrenpoint Port CEO David Holmes has issued a statement. “As the second largest port in Northern Ireland, we play a major role as a catalyst for economic growth across the region and…
“Transport keeps us going” - is a slogan in times of Covid-19 that the the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) is part of throughout the EU. ESPO represents the seaport authorities of all maritime Member States towards the EU institutions.
“Transport keeps us going” is the slogan which the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), together with 33 organisations has issued a Declaration stressing the essential role transport is playing in the corona crisis. "Transport and logistics play a crucial role…
Portree lifeboat approaches the grounded cargo ship MV Kaami
Eight crew were rescued from a cargo ship out of Drogheda that ran aground off the Isle of Skye in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides early yesterday morning (Monday 23 March). The MV Kaami had left Drogheda Port on the evening of…
Emergency Meeting: The EU Commission & Council of Ministers of Transport are this morning to coordinate action and measures to support transport sector, which has been badly affected by the Covid-19 epidemic. Above AFLOAT's photo of container ships berthed at a Lo-Lo terminal in Dublin Port.
The EU Commission and Council of Ministers of Transport this morning is to hold an emergency Transport Council to coordinate their action and discuss appropriate measures to be taken to support the transport sector, which has been badly affected by…
Seafarer Wellness Conference to be held in Cork Harbour in a fortnight's time has now been postponed until Autumn 2020.
As Afloat previously highlighted the Seafarer Wellness Conference due to be held in Cork Harbour in a fortnight's time has now been postponed until the Autumn. The joint organisers of the Seafarer conference, the Ireland Branch Of The Nautical Institute (website) and…
Irish Freight Association has said there is no problem with the food supply chain.
Across the country's supermarkets have seen certain shelves completely emptied over the last week, as consumers stock up on tinned goods, hand soap and disinfectant products following confirmation of coronavirus cases in Ireland. According to research by iReach, one in…
File photo of the latest newbuild Arklow Ace (in centre, when still in construction) is the third of six A-series ships launched from a shipyard in the Netherlands. AFLOAT adds note the barge delivering a load of hatch covers and gantry to be lifted on board the newbuild.
The latest and third newbuild of the Arklow 'A' class series which is a bulk orientated general cargoship was launched at a Dutch yard, writes Jehan Ashmore. Arklow Ace (Nb.439) took to the water for the first time as the…
European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) publishes statistics for committee meeting gender balance for 2019.
On the occasion of this year's International Women's Day, tomorrow, Sunday (8 March), the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) published the statistics for their committee meeting gender balance for 2019. All technical committees together, overall 31,76% of port professionals attending…
The Ferguson shipyard in Port Glasgow, Scotland which was nationalised. Scottish Government officials have denied claims of impropriety in the procurement of two ferries. AFLOAT adds above the first of the pair, Glen Sannox, for operator CalMac's Isle of Arran route from Ardrossan.
The director of aviation, maritime, freight and canals, Fran Pacitti of Transport Scotland, and head of the ferries unit, Chris Wilcock, rejected the allegations as they appeared before MSPs. In August last year, the Port Glasgow (Ferguson Marine) yard was…
Second on the left: Chairman of European Sea Ports Organisation (EPSO) Eamonn O’Reilly during the EPSO Award 2019 ceremony which was presented to the Port of Dover. Submission entries for this year are open until Friday 26 June.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award on Social Integration of Ports is entering its 12th edition. The theme of this year is “Enhancing the port-city relationship by encouraging innovators and local start-ups to be part of the port ecosystem”.…
European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) is looking for a Senior Policy Advisor.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) represents the port authorities, port associations and port administrations of the seaports of the 22 Member States of the European Union and Norway at EU political level. ESPO has also observer members in Iceland,…
The UK's Royal Fleet Auxiliary replenishment supplies and fuel tanker RFA Fort Victoria following a 30 year Special Survey dry-docking at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead on Merseyside. AFLOAT also adds pictured in the facilities non-tidal wet basin is the newbuild scientific research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough.
One of the largest vessels operated by the UK Ministry of Defence, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary's RFA Fort Victoria has returned to sea following a dry-docking period at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead. According to the shipyard on Merseyside the vessel had…

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