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This year's winner of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award 2021 went to the Polish port of Gdańsk Authority, in recognition of its role in the recovery of the city and the local community during pandemic lockdowns.
This week the Port of Gdańsk Authority in Poland, was announced winner of the European Sea Ports Organsisation (ESPO) Award 2021 in recognition of its role in the recovery of the city and the local community during lock-downs. The ESPO…
States including Ireland will support the establishment of green shipping corridors globally under the 'Clydebank Declaration' that today was signed at a launch during COP26 held in Glasgow.
At the COP26 Conference in Glasgow today, the UK has announced the launch of the Clydebank Declaration on Green Shipping Corridors. Signatory states (including Ireland) declared their ambition and intent to support the establishment of green shipping corridors – zero-emission…
EuroChambres Survey: Delays in the supply of goods and raw materials have become a significant issue for businesses in the manufacturing, services and construction sectors which is resulting in higher input costs
In a Eurochambres Economic Survey for 2022, a lack of skilled workers, access to affordable energy, and increasing labour costs are among the main challenges facing businesses across Europe. As RTE News reports, the European Association, of which Chambers Ireland…
Webinar: Global Supply Chains - How does Shipping Fit? is to take place on the morning of this Thursday, 11 November. The free event is presented by the Nautical Institute, which for almost 50 years has represented the best of what the shipping industry has to offer in terms of dedication and professionalism around the world. Their vision is to provide inspiration, knowledge and leadership to maritime professionals around the world.
The Nautical Institute invites you to join them for a free webinar: 'Global Supply Chains - How does Shipping Fit? which is to take place this Thursday, 11 November between 08:30 - 09:30 (GMT). At a time when shipping’s role…
The UK's second largest ports operator, Peel Ports Group commits to net zero emissions by 2040 which they claim will be a game-changer. Above AFLOAT has identified P&O Ferries Norbay depart Liverpool through the Langton Dock bound for Dublin Port. Berthed on the Mersey estuary at Liverpool2 is a MSC containership while a Stena E-Flexer class ropax is underway bound for Belfast Harbour
The Peel Ports Group (see stake deal) has committed to becoming a net zero port operator by 2040, a decade ahead of the UK Government’s national decarbonising targets. The UK's second largest port operator, headquartered in Liverpool, owns some of…
Stressed Supply Chains: Fear of shortages, both real and rumoured, is driving consumers to over-buy once again, new report highlights, with an average 70 days currently required to book a container, have it shipped overseas and received by ground transport for final delivery. Above Felixstowe port with containers stacked on board Mette Maersk, operated by Danish shipping giant Maersk whose CEO commented that the UK port was among those globally encountering congestion due to lack of truckers to remove containers away and the inability to also discharge as many containers as we would like, as fast as we would like.
The continued high consumer demand is among the main drivers of congestion along international supply chains, as a “new normal” for logistics settles in for the long term, a report claims. “Fear of shortages, both real and rumoured, is driving…
Glenn Murphy - Chairman, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, the professional body for the commercial shipping industry 'worldwide', officially welcomed its new executive leadership team at the Controlling Council meeting in October, writes Jehan Ashmore. Glenn Murphy FICS will take up the role as…
This is not a Set Proposal for the next James Bond movie…On the contrary, the Stad Ship Tunnel in Norway is for real, and construction starts next year.
Alex Blackwell of Clew Bay is always buzzing with ideas, and his latest notion is that the destination for a future Cruise-in-Company by some seagoing club or other (he's involved in several) should be the pioneering Ship Tunnel that the…
Group acquires stake in the Peel Ports Group which includes the Port of Liverpool with its modern Liverpool2 terminal on the banks of the Mersey, noting in the background the traditional docks of the north-west English port. Afloat adds the Irish Sea port is the only 'Freeport' located on the UK west coast.
According to InsiderMedia, APG, Global Infrastructure Partners and AustralianSuper have agreed to acquire a 37.4% holding in Peel Ports Group from DWS.  Peel Ports (the UK's second largest ports group) is behind the likes of Liverpool2 and Manchester Ship Canal.…
Impact of Brexit: Some individual sectors have experienced large falls in exports says the ERSI. Afloat adds in the foreground an Irish Sea ropax ferry serving Dublin-Liverpool and in the distance another freight ferry (blue hull) operating direct links between Ireland and mainland Europe.
It is estimated that Brexit has led to a 45% reduction in goods imports coming from the UK to Ireland according to the Economic and Social Research Institute. As RTE News reports, in its opening statement to the Seanad Brexit…
Supply-Chain Container Bottlenecks: Frontloading and an extended peak season will only exacerbate delays. Above Afloat's photo of the 2,207 TEU containership Nicolas Delmas operated by French carrier CMA-CGM as referred in the story below.
Major bottlenecks in the containerised supply chain around the world have pushed container line schedule reliability to its lowest level yet, and there are few signs of any rapid improvement. The latest figures from Sea-Intelligence’s global container line performance database…
MaritimeUK @ COP26: From the 1-12 November during COP26 the Interntional Maritime Hub is open to the public and industry. Alongside the numerous events there is also an exhibition featuring and more. Maritime UK is the umbrella body for the maritime sector which champions and enables a thriving maritime and shipping sector.
Maritime UK has announced a COP26 programme, in partnership with the City of Glasgow College, to showcase the country’s global leadership in the shipping industry’s transition to Net Zero. IMO Secretary-General, Ministers and a VVIP to speak at flagship reception…
ESPO has urged the EU Parliament and Council to fully align the maritime pillar of the proposal for an AFIR with the FuelEU Maritime proposal.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) urges the European Parliament and Council to fully align the maritime pillar of the proposal for an Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR) with the FuelEU Maritime proposal. While the discussions on the AFIR proposal…
ESPO’s 2021 #Environmental Report shows a number of positive trends amongst key indicators. The top 5 green priorities of European #ports remain(1 to 5): air quality, climate change, energy efficiency, noise and relationship with the local community.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) is proud to present the annual ESPO Environmental Report for 2021. The ESPO Environmental Report is part of EcoPorts, the environmental flagship initiative of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO). This 6th edition is…
Peel Ports Group, the UK’s second largest port group, calls for the supply-chain to take a rethink by improving logistics in the better use of the nation's port network. The group consists of Liverpool, Heysham, Manchester Ship Canal (above), Medway (Sheerness / Chatham), Clydeport and Great Yarmouth. In addition, to operating the MTL Terminal in Dublin Port and owns BG Freight Line, a provider of short sea container services between the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe and feeder services between UK and Ireland.
In the UK, the second-largest port operator is calling for the supply chain to rethink its approach by making better use of the entire port network across the country. Peel Ports says that it is essential for logistics firms and…
Ports at full capacity across northern Europe. Compared with the US, vessel delays are less severe but are still adding to schedule disruption that reverberates across networks.
Anchored containerships are becoming a regular sight in the English Channel as ports across northern Europe remain heavily congested, reports LloydsLoadingList. The numbers are nowhere near as high as in southern California, where overnight data shows that 56 containerships were…

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