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Port volumes in the UK fell by a fifth during the Q2 of this year as the pandemic took its toll on economic activity. Passenger and unitised cargoes saw the steepest downturns. Above: AFLOAT identifies a shipping scene of the former Irish 'homeported' cruiseship Magellan of operator CMV (in June went into administration) at Tilbury Docks, London where the aptly named tug Svitzer London assists a tanker on the Thames estuary.
Freight tonnage volumes moving through the UK’s ports fell by nearly a fifth in the second quarter of 2020, as the full impact of the pandemic took its toll, according to figures from the Department of Transport. Total volumes fell,…
Ro-ro freight ferry Mistral at Dublin Port with un-accompanied truck-trailer units along the North Wall Quay Extension
Irish Exporters Association has welcomed the publication yesterday of the Government’s Brexit Readiness Action Plan. The Association has been urging businesses to continue Brexit preparedness planning throughout the pandemic and is ensuring that developments in EU-UK negotiations are communicated to…
Horizon 2020 Virtual Brokerage Event On ‘European Green Deal’ Call For Proposals
The Enterprise Europe Network is hosting a virtual brokerage event next month on the call for proposals under the European Green Deal. The free one-day virtual event on Tuesday 13 October — in partnership with Enterprise Ireland, Invest NI and…
Firms are expected to face difficulty getting shipments through ports unless they have completed the correct customs procedures. ABOVE containers at a lo-lo terminal in Dublin Port.
Irish Government’s new Brexit plan will explicitly warn businesses that anyone trading with or moving goods through the UK will face changes, no matter the outcome of EU negotiations with Britain. The plan, writes The Irish Times, is scheduled to…
Containerships Adds Port Of Cork Call To Weekly Rotterdam-Ireland Service
Containerships, an affiliate of French container shipping group CMA CGM, is adding a call to the Port of Cork as part of its weekly Rotterdam-Ireland service. The enhancement to the BENI service started this past Tuesday 1 September, with weekly…
An annual Port Scholarship Scheme has been launched for Pembrokeshire students, south Wales, who are at university with the chance to win a £1,500 scholarship as well as a work placement at the Port of Milford Haven.
Port scholarships for university students from Pembrokeshire, south Wales are being encouraged for them to apply to the Port of Milford Haven’s scholarship scheme. The annual initiative offers undergraduate students the chance to apply for an award of £1,500, as…
Entrance to the Port of Rotterdam which has renewed its EcoPorts’ Port environmental Review system (PERS). Europe's biggest port has trading routes connecting Irish ports among them Dublin Port where direct ro-ro and lo-lo services operate in maintaining vital trade of exports and imports.
The Port of Rotterdam has been congratulated from the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) for renewing its EcoPorts’ Port environmental Review system (PERS), the only port sector specific environmental management standard. Being PERS certified requires amongst others that the port…
Correspondent, Alex Thomson heads out from Sheerness to the site of the ship-wreck (only around one mile offshore) on the Thames Estuary. Afloat also adds that Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey was a former ferryport connecting Vlissingen, the Netherlands up to 1994. Among the Olau Line ferries operating was Olau Britannia which many years later served Cork-Swansea as Julia under Fastnet Line which ceased in 2011.
Almost three weeks ago the massive 'port' explosion which devastated a large swathe of the Lebanese capital Beirut sent shock waves through the world. But could such a tragedy ever happen here? The SS Richard Montgomery ran aground and sank…
'Box' boats rates: But how cargo demand evolves after the summer peak season is difficult to predict, says Alphaliner. Above an ocean going containership underway
On the major East-West box trades, ocean freight rates might be surging just as the new vessel orderbook for container ships look bare but that does not mean the outlook for carriers will remain bright indefinitely. According to the latest…
SEMRU Seeking Postdoctoral Researcher In Maritime Transport Economics
The Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) at NUI Galway is now inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates for a four-year full-time, fixed-term contract as a postdoctoral researcher. Working with colleagues in SEMRU, the successful candidate will produce research aimed at…
World’s largest shipping line, Maersk reinstates and upgrades its full-year guidance for 2020 despite expectations of further year-on-year volume losses. Above AFLOAT's photo of Mette Maersk leadship of the G-series, berthed at Port of Felixstowe, the UK's biggest 'box'boat terminal.
The world’s largest container shipping line, Maersk, saw profits spike during second quarter pandemic lockdowns as declining volumes were offset by higher freight rates and reduced operating costs. Parent company A.P. Moller-Maersk (APMM), writes LloydsLoadingList, reported improved profitability across all…
Customs clearing agents have been allowed back to the (Port of Beirut container) terminal and the first two ships have been worked. AFLOAT adds the photo posted in 2019 by the Port of Beirut facebook page shows in the distance the grain silo (see centre below container gantry) that was severely damaged from last week's catastrophic explosion. On the left is one of the former Irish port serving Nissan Car Carrier's (blull hull) ship's since sold for conversion as a livestock ship. To assist people, UNICEF have launched a campaign ( on the ground ready to deliver life-saving humanitarian aid, medicine, clean water and food to those in need.
At the Port of Beirut the container terminal has reopened a week after an explosion that devastated much of the Lebanese capital. The first two containerships to call at the port, LloydsLoadingList reports, berthed on August 10 as the box…
Updated European Commission Brexit Readiness Notices As End Of Transition Period Nears
The latest Marine Notice from the Irish Maritime Administration compiles links to a series of updated notices from the European Commission on the legal and practical implications arising at the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December this…
City of Paris a former car-carrier of Nissan renamed Jouri was sold this year to Lebanese interests and converted into a livestock-ship, was among the nearest ship's to the scene of the massive explosion in the Port of Beirut. The Isle of Man flagged vessel as above in Dublin Port during 2007, had notably for a ship in an Irish port made a unique 'Mediterranean' mooring also whereby City of Paris approached the quayside astern with mooring lines to enable the stern's ro-ro ramp lowered on the quay at right-angles. Note the ship also secured mooring lines from the bow across Alexandra Basin to Ocean Pier and in the water a port anchor was deployed. Note the yellow structures is not part of the ship but quayside based container straddle-cranes while on left is the original linkspan RoRo Ramp No.2 with associated tower since demolished.
City of Paris a former Nissan Car Carrier that served in Irish waters and sold this year to Beirut interests as a livestock-ship berthed in the Lebanese capital port when the massive explosion took place on Tuesday, writes Jehan Ashmore…
At least a 40% drop in container terminal capacity expansion predicted over the next five years due to pandemic volume contraction, according to Drewry
Over the next five years investment in container port capacity is expected to tumble following coronavirus-induced global trade slowdowns. According to the latest Global Container Terminal Operators Annual Review and Forecast report published by Drewry, container port capacity expansion will…
Drewry analysis indicates {container] carriers will continue their practice of tactical sailing cancellations for the foreseeable future, suggesting shippers and forwarders extend lead times in case of operational delays. ABOVE AFLOAT's photo of 'When Mette Met Marco' on the occasion captured of containership Mette Maersk and cruiseship Marco Polo passing the UK's busiest 'box' boat port of Felixstowe in Essex, where was based Cruise & Maritime Voyages (on Monday went into administration: see Cruise Liners). CMV had operated the classic cruiseship as part of a fleet and is seen (almost 2 years ago this week) bound for nearby Harwich after a mini-cruise from Hull, the English port on the North Sea.
The container shipping and supply chain consultancy Drewry believes ocean freight carriers will continue their practice of tactical sailing cancellations for the foreseeable future, due to the “still uncertain and risky outlook for trade and for the global shipping network”,…

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