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European Sea Ports Organisation (EPSO) has welcomed the EU Parliament's Transport report which reflects well on the organisations views on upcoming TEN-T review. EPSO also recognised the strategic and complex role of Europe’s seaports and the need to put maritime on equal footing with the land modes and the call for sufficient funding.
European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed the European Parliament’s own-initiative report on the revision of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) guidelines by rapporteur Jens Gieseke (German, EPP), which was adopted yesterday, 1st December. “I would like to congratulate the…
A major ports group in the UK, Associated British Ports (ABP) has appointed a new Divisional Port Manager for Wales & South West England. The new appointment of Simon Brown sees his role responsible for five ports in south Wales including the capital Cardiff in addition two ports in south-west England
A major ports group owner and operator in the UK, Associated British Ports (ABP) has appointed a new Divisional Port Manager for ports in south Wales and south-west England. ABP has welcomed Simon Brown for their Wales & Short Sea…
The Mentari Crystal leans against the dockside in Surabaya, Indonesia as it capsized on Sunday
Dramatic footage has emerged of a container ship slowing sinking at a port in Indonesia over the weekend. The video shows the cargo vessel Mentari Crystal capsizing alongside the pier at Teluk Lamong Terminal in the city of Surabaya —…
Brexit Checks won't be ready until mid-2021 says Stormont Minister. Above: a RoRo freight ferry berthed at the VT2 Terminal in Belfast Harbour, one of five ports in the north.
Across Northern Ireland's ports the implementation of new post-Brexit checks will not be ready until the middle of next year, the Stormont Agriculture Minister has said. Goods coming into Northern Ireland from Great Britain will be subject to inspections from…
The British Ports Association (BPA) represents the interests of 86% of UK port trade to the various tiers of Government and beyond. Above the Irish Sea port of Liverpool in north-west England is part of the Peel Ports Group (incl. Greenock (Clydeport), Scotland) is a member of the BPA. The group operates through a subsidiary, BG Freight Line with lo-lo services among them involving Greenock, Liverpool and Dublin (incl. running of the MTL container terminal)
Ports in the UK represented by the British Ports Association (BPA) today welcomed the launch of the bidding process and the publication of the bidding prospectus for Freeports in England. According to the BPA they have been promoting a port…
The Hutchison-operated Port of Felixstowe (as above) and DP World’s Southampton and London Gateway facilities are all currently congested, says Flexport executive. In Afloat's file photo is of the UK's biggest containerport where the giant 'box-boat' Mette Maersk serves the the major Europe-Asia trade.
LloydsLoadingList reports that Europe has become a 'two-speed' ocean logistics market with continental Europe managing heavy fourth quarter import flows far better than the UK. The two-speed analysis is according to Christoph Baumeister, Trade Manager Far East-Europe, at Flexport. He…
Cork’s New Direct Shipping Link with Zeebrugge is Hot Topic of ‘Bringing Europe Closer’ Webinar This Month
Cork’s new Brexit-busting Ro-Ro freight link with Zeebrugge will be the focus of discussion at a special webinar on Thursday 26 November. As previously reported on, the Port of Cork facilitated CLdN’s establishing a new direct shipping route from…
Tynemouth RNLI attempts to tow the badly damaged trawler after the collision on Sunday afternoon
A fishing boat has sunk after a collision with a cargo ship off England’s North Tyneside coast. The incident occurred at 3.40pm on Sunday afternoon (9 November) just under a mile (1.6km) north of the Tyne piers. The skipper of…
Annaleena Mäkilä is the new chair of ESPO where the position was previously held by Irishman, Eamonn O’Reilly, chief executive of the Dublin Port Company
A Finnish woman has unanimously been elected as Chair following a vote of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)'s General Assembly in Brussels, Belgium today. Annaleena Mäkilä has been the Managing Director, CEO of the Finnish Ports Association since 2012.…
As part of the '2020 Environmental Report' published today is the above list of the top 10 environmental priorities for 2020!
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) presented its fifth annual Environmental Report during a dedicated Webinar held today. The ESPO Environmental Report 2020 includes more than 60 different environmental performance benchmarks, such as the Top 10 Environmental Priorities of the…
Around 150,000 trucks use the British landbridge, which is regarded as the fastest means of transporting goods by truck to the main European markets. Above Afloat adds a ferry departs Dublin Port bound for Holyhead, the UK's second busiest ferryport after Dover.
In Ireland a leading freight organisation has questioned a new government report which suggests that there is sufficient alternative capacity on continental shipping routes in the event of major delays at British ports following Brexit.  As Afloat reported on Friday,…
Port of Cork - showing the Pont Aven ferry to France (left) and Independent Quest cargo ship (right) safely docked after passage from USA
The Minister for Transport has today announced the publication of an important report by the Irish Maritime Development’s Office (IMDO) which reassesses Ireland’s Maritime Connectivity and concludes that there is sufficient capacity on existing continental services to accommodate displaced landbridge…
New Panel Established for Radio Surveys of Irish Seagoing Vessels
A new three-year panel of authorised radio surveyors has been established by the Department of Transport following a call for applications this autumn. The latest three-person panel — who will sit until 20 October 2023 — will conduct statutory radio…
ESPO welcomes Karima Delli's Chair of the TRAN committee's recommendations on the key role of sea #ports, the importance of short sea shipping and the need for a strong CEF to decarbonise the sector.
The European Parliament Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN) today will discuss the draft own-initiative report on technical and operational measures for more efficient and cleaner maritime transport. The aim of MEP Karima Delli, Chair of the TRAN committee and rapporteur…
English Channel Tanker 'Hijacking':  "This problem will increase." Former Royal Navy Officer, Chris Parry calls for a 'safe and secure maritime border' after a ship was hijacked off the Isle of Wight.
UK military forces stormed a tanker suspected to have been hijacked off the Isle of Wight which led to seven people detained. Sixteen members of the Special Boat Service (SBS) ended a 10-hour standoff which started when stowaways on board…
EPSO invite you to Join GreenPort on 10 November 2020 (1130 CET) for its first industry webinar.
European Sea Ports Organisation invites you to join them on 10 November 2020 (11.30 CET) for a special event, providing key insights into the environmental priorities of European ports. An exclusive presentation of the 2020 Environmental Report will be provided…

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