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A long-running dispute at Britain's biggest container port of Felixstowe, has ended after workers from the trade union UNITE accepted a pay offer. Above Afloat captured containership OOCL Hong Kong alongside the east English port on the North Sea.
The UK's biggest 'box'-boat port which has had a long-running dispute has ended after workers accepted a pay offer following strike action that first began almost four months ago.  According to the Port of Felixstowe, more than 90% of workers…
Ardmore Shipping Corporation which has its principle operating office in Cork has placed an order for Value Maritime’s emissions-reducing Filtree system. This includes the Clean Loop system that will be applied to an initial six medium-range (MR) tankers.
Chemical and products tanker company Ardmore Shipping Corporation has placed an order for Value Maritime’s emissions-reducing Filtree system, including the Clean Loop system, for an initial six medium-range (MR) tankers. Aligning with Ardmore’s energy transition ambitions, the tankers will be…
Ireland-EU trade show figures from the IMDO, that traffic on direct routes to Europe was down 2% while traffic to ports in Britain was unchanged in the third quarter. Above AFLOAT adds among the many new direct routes to Europe is the Rosslare Europort-Zeebrugge route when Finnlines in July opened the Ireland-Belgium using the Finnpulp and currently the service is operated by the Finnwave.
Traffic through Irish ports have declined marginally in the third quarter of this year, according to the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO). The lastest figures from the IMDO, a government office which provides support to national and international maritime businesses,…
ESPO welcomes the Transport Council in adapting its General Approach on the trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) to strengthen the role of  ports within the framework of Europe’s TEN-T policy. Among the EU member states ministers was Martin Kupka, the Czech minister of transport.
The Transport Council on the 5th December reached a provisional agreement on the review of the trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) guidelines of 2013. The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the text of the Council General Approach, since it clearly…
Dublin based Corrib Shipping which manages the MV Ziltborg for a Dutch shipping company which operates the cargoship trading throughout countries on the North Sea and Scandinavia, from Norway in the west to the Gulf of Bothnia in the east between Sweden and Finland
Afloat returns to the Dundrum, Co. Dublin based Corrib Shipping which manages five cargoships for a Dutch operator, with the largest the MV Ziltborg which arrived in the Netherlands yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. Of the five Corrib cargoships which has…
The EU's Emissions Trading System (ETS) is to be agreed during final negotiations this week, which ESPO says can be an important instrument to speed up the green transition in maritime.
Ports in Europe have welcomed the preliminary agreement reached amongst co-legislators on the inclusion of shipping in a maritime EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS) with the final negotiations to be agreed this week. The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) finds…
The Port of Dunkirk, close to the BeNeLux region, is eyeing even stronger links with Dublin Port and Rosslare Europort while also examining new routes to Ireland's southern ports.
In the most northern port in France, Dunkirk (ranked 7th port in the Northern Range between Le Havre and Hamburg), is where the French port company is looking to mount a significant expansion of trade routes with its Irish counterparts,…
Cargo ship in the River Liffey with Dublin Port in the background
The Department of Transport’s latest Marine Notice is a timely reminder for mariners over the regulations regarding the use of emergency position-indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs). Last month saw the launch of a new online ship radio licence and EPIRB registration…
A photograph taken by Vessel Crew on 11/08/2021 Post Incident
The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) has said all ship crew and vessel operators need to be reminded of the potential dangers of working at height following its inquiry into a fall from an Irish cargo ship. A 29-year-old Polish…
Isle of Wight based Carisbrooke Shipping of Medina in Cowes has been using Wärtsilä's fleet optimisation solution (FOS) to significantly reduce CO2 emissions across most of their fleet. Among them, Paula C which today is in Belfast Harbour having sailed from Lorient, France and above Kimberly C captured by AFLOAT at the North Sea port of Hull, England. Also tracked today, the 6,805dwt cargsoship is in the Baltic Sea bound for Kokkola in Finland, where Wärtsilä (which in 2021 recorded net sales of €4.8 billion) is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.
Cowes, Isle of Wight based drybulk and general cargo ship operator, Carisbrooke Shipping has reported a saving of over 600 tons of CO2 emissions since the start of the year having implemented Wärtsilä's Fleet Optimisation Solution (FOS). Wärtsilä, a leader…
Greening European ports: Only a well-designed maritime EU Emission Trading System (ETS)with dedicated funding will accelerate the greening of the shipping sector.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) recognises the maritime EU Emission Trading System (EU-ETS) can be a powerful mechanism to accelerate the green transition of the sector as European ports continue to support the extension of the ETS to the…
New LNG battery hybrid vessel in traffic at the Port of Gothenburg, Sweden - A newly built ship with special environmental and climate characteristics was christened at the Port of Gothenburg in November 2022. The vessel in question is an LNG/battery hybrid ship that already today meets IMO's 2030 target for shipping's carbon dioxide efficiency.
EU moves to ensure shipping uses low carbon fuels will have a “moderate” but not “dramatic” effect on the Irish economy, according to University of Galway economist Prof Alan Ahearne. As The Sunday Independent reports, research due to be published…
Strike Over at The Port of Liverpool which affected two container terminals, Afloat adds the Royal Seaforth Container Terminal (foreground) and Liverpool2 on the banks of the Mersey.
One of the UK's biggest ports, the Port of Liverpool is where dock workers have announced they have called off a planned strike after reaching a deal on pay. Dockers numbering almost 600 and who are members of the union…
European Sea Ports Organisation has announced that the Barcelona Port Authority is the winner of the ESPO Award for 2022. ESPO represents the seaport authorities of all maritime Member States towards the EU institutions.
This year's winner of the European Sea Ports Organisation's EPSO Award went to the Barcelona Port Authority in recognition of the role of maritime passenger transport in enhancing the city connectivity and bringing added value to the local community. The…
COP27: Shipping action plan launched by International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) at COP27 in response to new research cautioning ‘as many as 800,000seafarers’ due for carbon upskilling by the mid-2030s. The ICS is the principal global trade association for shipowners, representing over 80% of the world merchant fleet with international bodies that impact on shipping.
A new Action Plan, launched at the COP 27 UN organizations held in Egypt, is where shipowners and unions, sets out recommendations to upskill seafarers to meet shipping’s decarbonisation goals. The plan is in response to findings from new research,…
At ESPO’s General Assembly, Zeno D’Agostino was unanimously elected as its new Chair, his predecessor Annaleena Mäkilä chaired the organisation during the last two years.
At the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)'s General Assembly, delegates unanimously elected Zeno D’Agostino as its new chair. Mr D’Agostino is President of Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea since 2015 and has a long-standing career in transport and…