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The straight stemmed bow of the newest merchant ship under the Irish flag, Arklow Wave is seen docked in the UK at the Port of Ipswich, East Anglia prior to discharging wheat in Belfast Harbour.
#shipping - The newest merchant ship under the Irish flag arrived to Belfast Harbour on Wednesday, writes Jehan Ashmore Since delivery to owners Arklow Shipping Ltd in October 2018, Afloat has tracked the 16,500dwt Arklow Wave (see launch) initially operate…
Former Royal Mail Ship (RMS) St Helena having passed through Tower Bridge, arrives to moor alongside HMS Belfast in the Pool of London this week (see link below to Afloat's 2016 coverage). St. Helena's visit was to promote Extreme E electric car racing launching in 2021 as the ship will transport the championship’s supplies and equipment. Afloat adds in 1995, RMS St. Helena made a once-off charter to Swan Hellenic Cruises with calls to Ireland, Dublin and Cork (Cobh), Isle of Man and the Western Scottish Isles.
#shipping - Former Royal Mail Ship (RMS) St Helena returned to London almost three years after a farewell 'once off' visit took place just days before the UK Referendum to remain or leave the EU was held, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat…
Agri Food Imports Boost Port of Cork Traffic in 2018
The Port of Cork reports total traffic through both the Port of Cork and Bantry Bay Port Company reached 10.6 million tonnes in 2018, an increase of 3% compared to 2017. Total imports increased by 8% while exports increased by…
Idea of cargo ships travelling directly to French ports to bypass the UK floated. Above the stern of DFDS Seaways (Transmanche Ferries) English Channel / Newhaven-Dieppe ferry ’Cote d’Albatre’ (see link below to Afloat's piece) docked in Dieppe, Normandy, France.
#shipping - Leaders in politics and business from Normandy visited Dublin last week to discuss contingency plans for Brexit including cargo ships travelling directly to French ports to bypass the UK “landbridge” to the EU. As The Irish Times reports,…
€35.7m capital investment package in six Fishery Harbour Centres and other fisheries related marine infrastructure
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced details of a €35.7m Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland’s publicly owned harbour network. In announcing the initiative the Minister said “I am delighted to…
#ports - As Brexit looms and all the uncertainty, the Port of Felixstowe in England, has announced an agreement (see story: UK Government contract) with Danish ferry operator DFDS to increase its roll-on/roll-off (ro/ro) capacity by over 40%. According to…
Among the short-sea traders docked in the Port of Ayr (foreground on right) AFLOAT adds is Ayress, operated by Coast Lines Shipping of Midleton, Co. Cork. On the quayside is round timber (logs) a typical cargo of the 1,713grt ship.
#ports - The Scottish south-west Port of Ayr, operated by Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced a £2.2m investment in a new state-of-the-art warehouse which will improve its customer offering. Work on the new 4,000 sqm agribulk terminal according to…
The South Dock at the Port of Newport in south Wales can accommodate vessels of up to 40,000 dwt.
#ports- Last year, growth in ABP South Wales saw an increase in the amount of cargo handled across several commodities as a result of continued investment in infrastructure and services. Year-on-year growth of the UK ports group operator ABP at…
A 2015 artist’s impression of how the Port of Cork’s new container terminal will look once complete
Maritime Journal reports that work has begun on the Port of Cork’s new Cork Container Terminal at Ringaskiddy. Afloat.ie previously covered the development at its launch last June, where plans were revealed for its first phase of a 300-metre quay…
#shipping - The collaboration between Maersk and MSC of the 2M shipping alliance, formed from the two biggest container lines in the world by market share, has committed to a permanent transatlantic shipping route connecting Liverpool, UK, with several US…
#ports - A leading UK ports operator, Associated British Ports (ABP) recently announced an additional investment to boost facilities at its Port of Hull, bringing the group’s total investment to £250 million since the EU referendum in 2016. This programme…
The deck hatch covers where beneath wheat was carried on the ‘Blue Six’ en-route to the Port of Silloth, located on the Irish Sea along the Solway Firth which borders England and Scotland.
#ports - According to Associated British Ports (ABP) which operates the Port of Silloth on the Irish Sea, has celebrated a record-breaking year in 2018 by handling the highest cargo volumes since 2015. This year the north-west English port handled…
Among the trio of shipbuilding teams shortlisted to build five of the new Type31e frigates for the Royal Navy is Merseyside based Cammell Laird (in conjunction with BAE Systems) in Birkenhead. The other teams shortlisted are Babcock and Atlas Elektronik UK.
#Ports&Shipping- Three shipbuilding teams in the UK, according to a Ministry of Defence statement, have been awarded multi-million-pound contracts to push ahead with plans to build five new Type 31e warships for the Royal Navy.  The announcement from the British…
BG Diamond at the Tivoli Container Terminal, Cork. The (Lo-Lo) vessel as AFLOAT reported just over a year ago in P&S (12 Dec), is the first of a quartet of 'Ireland'  max containerships constructed in China built for BG Freight Line, a subsidiary of UK based Peel Ports Group,
#Ports&Shipping - Irish exporters reports RTE, have called for an urgent intensification of no-deal contingency planning by the government and the EU in the face of heightened uncertainty around Brexit. The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) has warned that the risk…
Clare Guinness, CEO, Warrenpoint Port
Warrenpoint Port will no longer pursue proposals to change how it deals with dredged material. Authorities at the Port had been considering the feasibility of a new placement site in the mouth of Carlingford Lough between Cranfield Point and Greencastle.…
Irish comedian Dara Ó Briain who hails from the coastal town of Bray, Co. Wicklow, will be providing post-dinner entertainment in the UK, at the Freight Transport Association (FTA) Logistics Awards in London next week
#Ports&Shipping - One of the best-known faces on Irish and British TV, comedian and television presenter Dara Ó Briain will be among guest speakers in the UK, at the Freight Transport Association's Logistics Awards next week, writes Jehan Ashmore. The…

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