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The UK's Royal Fleet Auxiliary replenishment supplies and fuel tanker RFA Fort Victoria following a 30 year Special Survey dry-docking at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead on Merseyside. AFLOAT also adds pictured in the facilities non-tidal wet basin is the newbuild scientific research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough.
One of the largest vessels operated by the UK Ministry of Defence, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary's RFA Fort Victoria has returned to sea following a dry-docking period at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead. According to the shipyard on Merseyside the vessel had…
On the bridge.... a conference: 'Seafarer Wellness: Are the signals being read? is to be held on 26 March at the National Maritime College of Ireland in Cork Harbour.
A conference seminar: 'Seafarer Wellness: Are the signals being read? is to be held on Thursday, 26 March (0900-17.00) at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI), Ringaskiddy, Cork Harbour. Organisers of the conference is the Ireland Branch Of The…
Asian-Europe trade where an operator Overseas Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) recently responded to the expected low demand in the market. AFLOAT also adds in our photo of the G-Glass leadship OOCL Hong Kong (21,413 TEU capacity) when built in 2017 was the largest in the world, is seen above berthed at the Port of Felixstowe in the UK. Currently the giant vessel is in the Mediterranean Sea on a voyage from Europe bound for Asia, having yesterday departed Piraeus, Greece.
The impact of the Covid-19 virus outbreak, Lloyd'sLoadingList reports, on container shipping continues to grow, but at a slower pace, according to container shipping consultancy Sea-Intelligence. Sea-Intelligence CEO Alan Murphy pointed out that the organisation’s 23 February weekly analytical report…
COVID-19 reaction: The inactive container fleet has now surpassed levels recorded during the global financial crisis of 2008, as carriers slash capacity to stem losses. Above an AFLOAT photo of the Danish flagged Mette Maersk (see comments below from Maersk CEO) berthed at Felixstowe, the UK's busiest container port.
Container lines and their reacton to the lack of cargo export demand from China due to the coronavirus-induced (COVID-19) economic shutdown is becoming evident in record numbers of blanked sailings and inactive vessels. Some analysts now believe that prolonged disruption…
Aerial view of Dublin Port
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sports advises that updated templates for Port Security Plans for 2019-2024 have been made available. The Port Facility Security Plan template should be used for ‘Article 2.4 Single Facility’ ports where an approved assessment…
File photo: The unfinished Scottish Western Isles ferry Glen Sannox was launched on Clydeside in 2017 at Fergusons shipyard, two years before the complex was nationalised.
On Clydeside a troubled shipyard was "forced into administration" by the Scottish Government without giving the private sector time to save it, a dossier compiled by its former owner has claimed. Ferguson Marine, the last yard in Scotland still handling non-defence…
Work has continued ever since to reopen the historic UK Appledore shipyard (Afloat adds which built its last vessel in 2018 for the Irish Naval Service), but as of yet, no date for any reopening has been announced.
Councillors in Devon have urged the UK Government to hurry up and get a deal over the line to reopen Appledore Shipyard. Despite a union-led protest march, a 9,500-strong petition and the efforts of local MPs, the north Devon shipyard…
File image of a ship docked at Dublin Port
The European Maritime Law Organisation’s Spring Seminar 2020 will take place in Dublin on Friday 27 March. A packed programme with something for everyone interested in the maritime law sector is promised for the seminar, in association with A&L Goodbody…
Maersk containers stacked in Dublin Port
The world's largest box-carrier, Maersk Line has reported improved profits in 2019 despite bearish global container growth. However, A.P. Moller-Maersk (APMM), the parent company of the container shipping giant, warned that the spread of the coronavirus and the shutdown of…
Speaking at the European Shipping Week (ESW2020) conference the ESPO Chairman Eamonn O’Reilly: “As ports we should not get in the way of shipping and innovation. we need a goal based approach.”
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has published its Position Paper on the European Green Deal objectives in ports. The publication yesterday of EPSO's position paper fits into the European Shipping Week (ESW), currently taking place in Brussels. In the…
A container ship berthed at a Lo-Lo terminal in Dublin Port
The Irish Exporters Association chief executive has warned that a number of Irish companies are going to be impacted by the coronavirus. Simon McKeever told RTÉ radio’s News at One that markets are being affected by the virus as it…
Lyubov Orlova pictured in St John’s, Newfoundland in 2012 before it was lost in the Atlantic en route to be scrapped
Ireland needs to appoint a Secretary of State’s Representative to deal with any future maritime or shipping incidents similar to the beaching of the MV Alta, a maritime expert advises. Captain Neil Forde, a maritime consultant with Marine Hazard Ltd,…
Alta aground and in an unstable condition on an inaccessible stretch of coastline west of Ballycotton, Co. Cork
Fuel in small amounts has been found in tanks belonging to the grounded cargo ship, MV Alta, but there is no cargo on board. That is according to an initial report by marine contractors who boarded the vessel at low…
Cargoship Alta aground on rocks west of Ballycotton, Co. Cork
Underway is an environmental assessment on the cargoship that washed up on the Cork coast over the weekend. Cork County Council is investigating if oil or other hazards could leak into the coastal waters around Ballycotton Bay. The ship had…
The Express 1 docked at Greenore Port last September
Two ships that regularly carry livestock from Ireland to the Middle East and North Africa have had their licences revoked over their operator’s low performance rating. According to The Guardian, it emerged that the Department of Agriculture, Food and the…
Tanker Thun London departing the Milford Haven Waterway in Wales (a proposed UK Free-Port). The 20,499 cargo capacity newbuild launched last year is from a series of chemical tankers ordered by a Swedish lake based shipping group, which are regular callers to Dublin Port where the new vessel is berthed today.
Ports in the UK, once designated as freeports, will have no domestic taxes levied on any goods within them, according to a Multimodal news update. Taxes will only be levied when a product leaves the freeport, and enters the rest of…

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