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Statutory Radio Surveys Under Way For Irish Seagoing Vessels
#RadioSurvey - Further to this summer’s tender call for a panel of radio surveyors, the panel is now established and authors to conducts statutory radio surveys on Irish seagoing vessels, including fishing vessels. Owners of vessels in the categories listed…
Bulk-carrier Foxtrot berthed at Foynes Port where new EU funding is on the way to the Co. Limerick port which is to position itself as a major European port post-Brexit. Afloat adds the Puffin as seen underway is a work/mooring lines boat from Aughinish Jetty further upriver. The former Irish Lights buoy tug/tender had been based in Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
#ShannonEstuary - Another boost this week for Shannon Foynes Port Company, is the news that funding worth more than €4m is on the way from the European Union. As the Limerick Leader writes the company has been cleared for almost…
Clare Guinness has been appointed as the new CEO at Warrenpoint Port, Co. Down, the first female head of any port on the island of Ireland. Afloat adds the above container handling operations of the lo-lo Vanquish which in 2015 launched Cronus Logistics Irish Sea feeder services linking Dublin, Cardiff, Avonmouth and Bristol. These services are now operated by Greta which was renamed last month having been the Saga.
#Ports&Shipping-  Clare Guinness has been appointed as the new chief executive officer by the Warrenpoint Harbour Authority, the first female head of any port on the island of Ireland. She joins from Fane Valley Group, where she held the position,…
BG Diamond, the first of a quartet of containerships seen when under construction in China of the 'Ireland' max class built for BG Freight Line.
#IrelandMax - Containerships currently under construction in China of the 'Ireland' Max class for BG Freight Line, a subsidiary of the Peel Ports Group in the UK are due to enter service next year, writes Jehan Ashmore. BG Diamond is…
The vast majority of exporters from Ireland involves freight traffic bound for mainland Europe using the 'central corridor' route of Dublin-Holyhead and from there make a land-bridge across the UK. Afloat adds that according to the Welsh Cabinet Secretary, 70% of Ireland's trade with the rest of the EU passes through the port.
#ExportersBrexit - Exporters from Ireland that go through Britain to get their produce to mainland Europe or further afield should still be able to do so after Brexit, the Revenue Commissioners expect, writes The Michael Colgan, head of Revenue's…
The DUP has claimed that Britain accounts for "72 per cent of trade flows" from Belfast Harbour. Afloat adds that the above aerial photo is of the port's main channel, Victoria where the River Lagan flows into Belfast Lough. In the foreground berthed at City Quay is Northern Ireland's fishery and marine research vessel, RV Corystes, see related 'Fishing' report posted on 1 December.
#DUPtradefigures - The Democratic Ulster Party (DUP) has been unable to substantiate its "72 per cent" statistic in relation to trade between Northern Ireland and Britain. As The Irish News  writes, for months the party has been using the figure to support…
The tug Tregeagle (a veteran dating to 1964) recently received dry-docking in Co. Donegal has returned to service for owners Foyle & Marine Dredging. The Tregeagle given its vintage has a resemblance to a trio of Dublin Port & Docks Board (now Dublin Port Co) tugs, in particular the Coliemore (built 1962) which was sold but became languished in Rushbrooke until scrapped by Cork Dockyard in 2011.
#boatyards – A Donegal boatbuilder, repairer and refurbishment company, Mooney Boats of Killybegs Harbour has completed works on a tug whose operator has offices based on both sides of Lough Foyle, writes Jehan Ashmore. The tug Tregeagle operated by Foyle…
EU officials at this week's meeting to launch "Women in Transport" a new platform aimed at strengthening employment and equal opportunities for both women and men in the transport sector.
#WomenInTransport - The EU Commission and the Economic and Social Committee launched on Monday a new platform aiming at strengthening Women’s employment and equal opportunities for men and women in the transport sector. Only 22% of the people working in…
ASL it transpires have acquired a second ship from the Flinter Group (that was bankrupted last year) the ship is the Flinter Aland recently renamed Arklow Day. Above is a another sister of the former Dutch group, Flinter Arctic at anchorage off Dalkey in south Dublin Bay.
#Ports&Shipping – Arklow Shipping it transpires have also taken into its Irish flagged fleet a sister of Arklow Dawn that was recently acquired from the Flinter Group that went into liquidation late last year, writes Jehan Ashmore. At 132m long…
Among the major investment plans on the table: £50 million on Holyhead Port Redevelopment and the Trawsfynydd Centre for Energy Generation
#Holyhead - A wishlist that could see £1.3bn of investment in the North Wales region to include the Port of Holyhead has been revealed. According to the Daily Post, North Wales’ six councils as well as education bodies and business…
Dublin Port could be host to new EU subsidiaries of at least two top global marine insurers next year
#Shipping - Britain’s potential loss of access to the EU single market has already seen two of the world’s top shipping insurers choose Ireland as a new base of operations, as The Irish Times reports. Standard Club and North P&I…
This view taken from an excursion boat in Dublin Port's fairway shows Seatruck Pace (which featured in Afloat's 'Ferry Captain Series' in 2014). The P class ro-ro freight ferry is seen arriving astern with an already berthed fleetmate sister, Clipper Point at Terminal 5.
#ferrynews - Freight ferry operator on the Irish Sea, Seatruck Ferries celebrate 10 years of service using Dublin Port from where the shipping company's traffic volumes have grown exponentially. From small beginnings in October 2007, Seatruck had a single ship…
Cathma in heavy seas, is currently in the sheltered waters of Dublin Port. The 6,000dwt cargoship is been loaded with concentrates from Bolidan Tara Mines in Co. Meath.
#Concentrates – It is pleasing to concentrate on an Irish based ship management company that otherwise is not widely documented in mainstream media, writes Jehan Ashmore. Cathma, a multipurpose dry-cargo carrier with an Ice Class (1A) certification was tracked by…
Among ICG's container division EUCON fleet is Elbetrader, the 974 TEU capacity containership is seen berthed at the DFT terminal in Dublin Port. At the time of this posting, the Cypriot flagged vessel was docked in Rotterdam.
#IEAexportAwards – At this year’s IEA Export Industry Awards, the winner in the category of Maritime Services Company of the Year, sponsored by the Irish Maritime Development Office went to Irish Continental Group’s Container & Terminal Division. The division includes…
In the foreground carriages of the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express alongside the quay of the berthed Orient Express in Venice. A fleetmate, Horsa had a Venice Orient Express Lounge on board when serving Folkstone-Boulogne. The ferry carried out summer support sailings in 1990 on the Dun Laoghaire-Holyhead route.
#OrientExpress – Orient Express is a name that conjures the famous romantic long-distance luxury train service across Europe in which was set the detective novel by Agatha Christie and where there is also a railway related connection with the Irish…
At the Maritime Ball held in Arklow are Michele Roche; Paul Roche President of the Irish Institute of Irish Mariners; Andrew Sheen President of the Irish Chamber of Shipping and Ayshea Sheen.
#MaritimeBall - From around the country over 160 people were treated to some top class hospitality as the Irish Institute of Master Mariners and the Irish Chamber of Shipping held the Marine Ball in the Arklow Bay Hotel, writes The…

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