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Vision of the Seas arriving Cobh this July during a transit call.
Cruise Liners
#cruiseliners - Atlantic Europe is the new name being given to serve the Cruise Europe region following a joint announcement made during Seatrade Europe in Hamburg, Germany. The announcement by Cruise Europe (CE) and the Atlantic Alliance (AA) follows a…
A regular caller to Dublin Port is the Karin Schepers which last night departed the MTL Terminal (operated by Peel Ports Group). Towering above the containership are giant gantry cranes that have become more prominent throughout the port since the introduction of container transportation from the late 1960's.
Dublin Port
#crane292 - It is just days ago that Afloat reported of a 'resurrection' in Dublin Port, that been the return of an iconic 1960's quayside crane 292 albeit relocated to a much more prominent site beside the Port Centre headquarters, writes…
Gary Hodgson (Strategic Projects Director) at the Port of Liverpool where Afloat adds that 'feeder' services to and from Ireland will connect with the new UK port rail facilities
Ports & Shipping
#rail&sail - Peel Ports operators of the Port of Liverpool is set to launch a new rail container service for its customers using the large north-west English port. The company is in advanced contract discussions with both a rail provider…
A busy scene at Dublin Port with a ferry among cargoships
Ports & Shipping
#portsSurvey - According to the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Fact-Finding Report ‘Trends in EU Ports Governance 2016’ (download PDF) 66% of European ports are hosts to industrial plants. The main industrial sectors that were present in the sample relate…
Capt. Conor Moynihan, demonstrating the NMCI's 360 full mission bridge simulator's capabilities
Ports & Shipping
#NMCIopenDay - The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) is set to open it’s doors next month to the public for the annual College Open Day on Thursday,  26th October. The nautical education training college located at Ringaskiddy, lower Cork…
On the stocks is that of another Arklow newbuild in the form of a V-class cargoship which is seen at a Dutch yard.
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - The latest in a long line of newbuild cargsoship replacements for Arklow Shipping has been identified by Afloat and not surprisingly built in a Dutch shipyard, writes Jehan Ashmore. A steady succession of new tonnage in recent years…
Stena Line are to increase capacity on the UK North Sea route Killingholme-Rotterdam Europoort in January 2018. Above: freight ferry Stena Transporter at the neighbouring Dutch port of Hoek-van-Holland from where the ship operates to Harwich. Afloat which sourced this photo, shows the Nieuwe Waterweg (New Waterway) the canal linking the North Sea and Rotterdam from where the Irish flagged tug Ocean Bank is seen home-bound having towed the former Naval Service OPV LE Aisling. Prior to departing Cork the OPV had been renamed Avenhorn.
Ferry
#ferry- Stena Line which also operates a UK landbridge route network on the North Sea to mainland Europe, announced earlier this year an increase in its freight capacity on the Harwich-Rotterdam-Europoort route by replacing the current two RoRo vessels with…
Transit Gateway's latest mapping of Dublin Port, part of the Port Perspectives programme, is open to the public to view  at the main ferryport terminal 1  (Irish Ferries) this Saturday, 30 September (from 3pm).
Dublin Port
#TransitGateway - As highlighted on Afloat was the penulimate semimar of Transit Gateway's Mapping of Dublin Port, a series which is part of the Port Perspectives programme of events. Among them is the opportunity for the public to visit the…
Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the IMO
Ports & Shipping
“Connecting Ships, Ports and People” is the theme of World Maritime Day which is today, September 28, as marked by the International Maritime Organisation, the United Nations maritime agency. Does anybody notice anything being done officially by the Government here,…
An old image of Crane 292 while it was still in use. Eamonn O’Reilly, CEO of Dublin Port Company, Paddy Paisley, Liam O’Brien and Tony Forde who all worked on the cranes and are still employees of the port.
Dublin Port
#dublinport- A striking change to the capital's skyline that been based downriver has been made possible with the Dublin Port Company resurrecting one of its iconic 1960s cranes. The 115 feet tall Crane 292 has been lovingly restored to its…
Making a rare visit by a cruiseship to Warrenpoint Harbour, Co. Down is Saga Pearl II. The small 'yacht-like' cruiseship with only a 449 capacity had called to port along the scenic Carlingford Lough.
Cruise Liners
#cruiseliners - Warrenpoint Harbour welcomed the return call of a cruiseship to the Co. Down port that first launched this trade in recent years, writes Jehan Ashmore. Saga Pearl II had arrived into the scenic surroundings of Carlingford Lough last…
The chimney stack of Anglesey Aluminium, this is a familiar landmark which is visible from Snowdonia. Afloat adds that the former plant in north Wales outside Holyhead is from where exports were made through the port using an exclusive jetty. This structure is adjacent to where rivals Irish Ferries and Stena Line currently berth at Salt Island. The Port of Holyhead is operated by Stena Line Ports Ltd, who are the statutory harbour authority which also manages visiting cruiseships.
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - When the north Wales plant of Anglesey Aluminium closed its site in Holyhead there was a commitment of a ‘jobs’ legacy to bring new work into the port town. The closure of smelting (2009) and then re-melt (2013)…
Alexandra Basin where works are underway to redevelop this part of Dublin Port whose office headquarters are in the background. Berthed on the left is Doggersbank at the jetty for loading lead-zinc ore from Boliden (former Tara Mines). The jetty is to be demolished as part of the works and on the right is Novatrans alongside the agri-products facility.
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - “More EU budget for transport, the best investment plan for Europe” is the slogan launched today from a coalition of thirty European transport organisations. The campaign is calling for a strong connecting Europe Facility for the next financial…
Majority of Irish exporters trading with the UK will require help in the next month's budget to cushion the effects of Brexit. Above: Containership Sophia departing in Dublin Bay.
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping -A majority of Irish exporters, more than 9 out of 10 trading with the UK writes The Irish Examiner need some sort of help in next months budget to cushion the effects of Brexit, according to the Irish Exporters’…
A new container service operated by WEC Lines (see above ship from among Dutch owners fleet) is to link ports on a Ireland-UK-Iberian network starting in late September
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - A new container shipping service connecting Dublin and Liverpool along with an Iberian network of ports is to begin later this month, writes Jehan Ashmore The company WEC Lines is a Dutch operator that will connect the Irish…
The Connecting Europe Conference takes place in Tallinn beginning tomorrow. Afloat adds that the Estonian shipping company Tallink among its fleet operates the new MS Megastar delivered in early 2017 on the service linking Helsinki, Finland. The €230 million cruiseferry is the first in the fleet to use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel.
Ports & Shipping
#ports&shipping - Following the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) attendance of last week's LISW17, the Irish government shipping agency will also be attending the Connecting Europe Conference taking place this week in the Estonian capital of Tallinn. The IMDO will…

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