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Killybegs Bulk Handling is specifically targeted at supporting the import and storage of wind turbines for onshore sites
While Killybegs harbour is synonymous with the fisheries sector a new video released by Ronan Renewables shows just how the County Donegal port is increasingly catering to the renewable energy sector. While home to a large portion of the Irish fishing fleet…
An Irish-European Short-Sea Trader, the C-class cargoship Arklow Castle (built 2017/5,054dwat) departed Dublin Port this morning and passed its shipowners (Arklow Shipping) homeport located in Co. Wicklow. Asides operating in domestic waters, the short-sea trader is seen sailing in the North Sea having departed the UK east coast and bound for the near European continent. The vessel had set sail from either ports of Ipswich or Mistley, from where ships pass between the other ports of Felixstowe and Harwich before entering the open sea.
Departing Dublin Port this morning was Arklow Castle, one of 10 C-class cargoship newbuilds which continue to be built for the Co. Wicklow shipowner as the latest launch in the series took place just a fortnight ago, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Irish Agrifood Exports: Department braced for quadrupling of vet health certs on food exports (to Britain) from next year. Above AFLOAT adds an 'Ireland' max feeder containership, one of a quartet custom built to serve Irish ports connecting the UK and mainland continental Europe.
At the Department of Agriculture, planning for export health certificates is to more than quadruple to 310,000 next year when Britain’s post-Brexit checks on Irish agrifood exports start. The vast volume of red tape is being introduced on border controls covering…
The recent announcement of the resignation of the UK Brexit Minister David Frost compounds the uncertainty for traders looking at next year. Above, freight ferries ply the Irish Sea in both directions.
Freight distribution and logistics sectors has faced unprecedented upheaval in 2021, as a consequence of adopting to the post-Brexit trading environment, dealing with the Covid pandemic, global supply chain issues, rising fuel costs, and an ongoing skills shortage. These issues…
Christmas: As Crews matter, a special seafarers’ Christmas service available as a digital download for seamen over the festive period has been developed by the Isle of Man Ship Registry and Dutch Seafarers’ Mission Association -Nederlandse Zeevarenden Centrale.
A special seafarers’ Christmas service available as a digital download for crew over the festive period has been developed by the Isle of Man Ship Registry (IOMSR) and the Dutch Seafarers’ Mission Association -Nederlandse Zeevarenden Centrale (NZC). OMSR director Cameron…
New Container Giant: MSC’s acquisition of a Brazilain operator, Log-In – Logistica Intermodal S.A., will add up to 15,000 TEU of capacity, edging MSC just above Maersk in the ranking table, according to a maritime analyst. Above: MSC Edith (1,658 TEU) arriving in Dublin Bay in recent years. AFLOAT adds, yesterday, a larger fleetmate MSC Joy (1,933 TEU) from Antwerp, Belgium, was observed arriving initially to Dublin Bay before the large Lo-Lo ship by Dublin Port standards, entered to berth at the DFT Terminal, a container division of Irish Continental Group.
LloydsLoadingList reports that the board of Brazilian regional container line Log-In – Logistica Intermodal S.A., has approved the acquisition of a 67% stake in the company by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) in a bid valuing Log-In at just over $500m.…
As we approach the second anniversary of the MV Alta becoming grounded on the Cork coast, an expert has said the State has learnt nothing from previous wreck incidents. Also above, a local takes a break from his walk to inspect the cargoship MV Alta on rocks near the village of Ballycotton, Co Cork.
Little has been learned from the State about how to deal effectively with marine wreck incidents since the Kowloon Bridge disaster over three decades ago and the Irish coast remains exposed to a potential marine disaster, a leading international maritime…
Irish goods imports from the UK as a whole – including Northern Ireland – are down 49pc since 2015
As writes, Britain is now far less important to Irish importers and exporters than it was before Brexit, figures show. A report by the Economic and Social Research Institute has found that goods from England, Scotland and Wales now…
Artist’s impression of a strategic hub for the offshore wind industry at Ros an Mhíl in Connemara
The Department of Transport has published a Policy Statement setting out the strategy for commercial ports to facilitate offshore renewable energy activity in the seas around Ireland. The document will also assist Ireland’s commercial TEN-T ports in applying for EU…
Shipping Lines react to congestion that has led to carriers’ schedules being impossible to maintain and increasing blank sailings. MSC and Maersk have rationalised their northern Europe rotations to improve reliability, with Felixstowe (as above, Afloat's photo of MSC Cordoba) and Rotterdam among those to lose calls.
Containership carriers are continuing to reorganise their calls to northern Europe in an effort to avoid delays at increasingly congested ports. The 2M alliance of Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) and Maersk are the latest to amend two of their combined…
ESPO welcomes the EU Commission proposal setting out the new guidelines for the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed the Commission proposal setting out the new guidelines for the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). The proposal, which was published on 14 December, lifts the importance of the maritime dimension and the role…
Personnel from the Swedish Coast Guard investigate the damaged British (registered) ship Scot Carrier in the port of Ystad, Sweden following collision with the Danish Karin Hoej in the Baltic Sea.
A Swedish prosecutor has said on Wednesday, according to Reuters, that one of two crew members of a British cargo vessel held after a collision capsized a Danish barge in the Baltic Sea would be released from custody. The second crew…
Supply chains and more findings from the Irish Exporters Association can be read below. Above a containership which operates between the UK, Ireland and mainland continental Europe.
As RTE News reports, supply chain issues are a global phenomenon, and Irish importers are prioritising what they import to minimise the effects of disruptions. Ireland exported €162 billion worth of goods in 2020 and figures so far this year…
Following Glasgow's hosting of COP26, the west Scottish city will host Maritime UK Awards in 2022. Maritime UK is the collective voice for the UK's maritime industries that champions and works to enable a thriving maritime sector. Among the winners for last year, Afloat adds were Babcock International, Princess Yachts and Tapiit Live.
Maritime UK launched today its national awards programme for 2022, celebrating the shipping sector worth over £46.1bn to the UK economy and supporting over 1 million jobs.⦁ Maritime UK Awards 2022 to be held at Glasgow Science Centre⦁ Awards to…
Baltic Sea: Two missing as cargo ships collide. One of the vessels, Scot Carrier is safe including its crew. Afloat adds, the Scot Carrier (built 2018) trades to Irish Ports with the importation of Swedish timber products and those from Germany.
In the Baltic Sea two cargo ships have collided in an area between the Danish island of Bornholm and the southern Swedish city of Ystad. As RTE News reports, the Danish and Swedish authorities said a rescue operation was under…
At the major Finnish port of Hamina-Kotka, work has begun to convert ships wastewater to fuel that can be used in trucks.
In the Finnish southern port of Hamina-Kotka, has begun the process of transforming the waste discharged from freighters into biogas that can be used as fuel for trucks. The port, which is located in Kymenlaakso along the Gulf of Finland,…

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