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The Marine Survey Office (MSO) of the Department of Transport has appointed four companies to the panel as Recognised Security Organisations (Ports) for the period covering 1 January 2024 to 31 December 2028. These companies appointed as RSOs for the…
A Port of Cork Pilot on board inbound Eucon vessel Elbtrader as CLdN vessel Catherine is outbound with Cork Harbour Cruises vessel Spirit of Doolin on the right
CLdN, headquartered in Luxembourg, has chartered two 962 TEU lift-on / lift-off (LoLo) cargo vessels, M/V Pavo J and M/V Andromeda J) to sail new services between its recently acquired Distriport terminal in Rotterdam, Dublin and Cork. It says this…
During 2023, taking all European Sea Port Organisation (ESPO) board meetings and technical committees together, women represented 41% of the port professionals participating in the meetings. ESPO is the principal interface between European seaports and the European institutions and its policy makers. Above last year’s ESPO General Assembly, in Bremen, Germany.
In 2023, taking all ESPO board meetings and technical committees together, women represented 41% of the port professionals participating in the meetings. This is a slightly higher level compared to the share of women participating in 2022, which was 38%.…
Making its debut, newbuild Arklow Grace of the G-class sets off on its maiden voyage from Delfzijl on the Dutch coast bordering Germany on the North Sea, but the cargo ship sailed to the nation’s Baltic Sea side.
After a tow from Ferus Smit’s Dutch shipyard in Westerbroek last month, newbuild Arklow Grace has since completed builder’s sea trials along with the cargo ship’s maiden commercial voyage, writes Jehan Ashmore. The tug Waterpoort towed the fourth of five…
Clydeport: KGV Dock in Glasgow will process over a thousand wind turbine components - weighing more than 60,000 tonnes  - in 2024. Above is the Treville with wind-turbine blades on board whilst at the south-west Scotland port, AFLOAT notes the same vessel is due to the west of Ireland with a call to the Port of Galway on 9 March.
In south-west Scotland, Peel Ports Clydeport is set for a record year handling wind turbine components at the King George V Dock site in Glasgow as the operator continues to support the renewable energy sector. The UK’s second largest port…
This year the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) two-day annual conference is to be held in the heart of the Paris (25-26 April). The Organisation is the principal interface between European seaports and the European institutions and its policy makers.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) is holding its Annual Conference in the heart of the Paris on 25 and 26 April. This year’s conference in the French capital can simply not be missed, for various reasons. We are listing…
The record-breaking delivery of 80-metre-long wide-turbine blades from the BBC Citrine ship marks a significant milestone for the Port of Waterford and its personnel
The Port of Waterford made history over the weekend as it handled a cargo of a record-breaking scale. The port received a vessel load of 80-metre-long wide-turbine blades, the largest ever in size to be imported to Ireland. The blades…
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The Department of Transport advises ship owners, ship operators, shipmasters, harbourmasters and ships’ agents of the requirements for passenger ships engaged in the tendering of passengers between the ship and the shore and for the transfer of crew/technicians embarking or…
Stakeholders in the Maritime and Port Industry today welcome the EU parliament (IMCO) vote to adopting its report on the reform of the Union Customs Code (UCC).
The European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee (IMCO) has today adopted its report on the reform of the Union Customs Code (UCC). This core economic legislation determines the efficiency, resilience and competitiveness of the EU’s external border for trade. More than…
Another of Arklow Shipping’s oldest ‘R’ class cargo ships, Arklow Rogue has been sold to Norwegian operator Wilson ASA, noting AFLOAT highlights, historically the class originally 16-strong, represent the largest same-ship series ever ordered by an Irish shipowner. Above, a fellow R class, Arklow Resolve (name revived for ASL’s ‘newest’ next generation R class) in this rare scene from 2017 of the cargo ship (since sold) in layover mode in Dublin’s ‘Docklands’ financial quarter, where no merchant ships have regularly traded upriver for over 30 years, since the Guinness stout ships, but with recent plans to attempt to Resolve the capital’s chronic quay road traffic, some have proposed reviving the Guinness barges to transport the black stuff from St. James Gate downriver to the ferryport.
One of Arklow Shipping Ltd's oldest cargo ships of the first ‘R’ class, Arklow Rogue with almost 24 years service, has been sold to Norwegian rival Wilson ASA with around 130 ships is Europe's largest short-sea operator, writes Jehan Ashmore. During…
The latest IMDO Unitised Traffic Report shows that overall, unitised volumes, which encompasses both RoRo and LoLo markets, were below trend in Q4 2023, and have stagnated throughout the year. Above AFLOAT’s photo captured a containership which regularly operates a short-sea feeder service linking the Irish ports of Dublin, Waterford, Cork and mainland Europe.
The latest Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) Unitised Traffic Report for Q4 2023 has been published with an Executive Summary below. As part of the Marine Institute, the IMDO is Irelands' dedicated, development, promotional and marketing office for the shipping…
As part of Smurfit Kappa Group’s global operations, is in Europe, where giant paper reels AFLOAT adds, are loaded on board Sto-Ro carrier vessels serving in the Gulf of Bothnia, Baltic Sea and North Sea which involves a ro-ro liner service starting in Sweden, linking Germany, UK, Netherlands and Germany. The Sto-Ro vessels are time-chartered to Smurfit Kappa, through Wagenborg Shipping, Sweden A.B. a subsidiary of Dutch world-wide operator, Royal Wagonborg.
Smurfit Kappa, Europe’s largest paper packaging producer has said today that it has increased volumes in the fourth quarter for last year. As RTE News reports the increase has snapped three successive quarterly declines that led to a 12% drop…
For Europe’s ports, the main and first worry about the Commission’s proposal is a drastic reduction of the period for the temporary storage from the current 90 to 3 days.
The European Parliament is currently discussing the Commission's proposal for a new EU Regulation on the Union Customs Code. While supporting the aims of the customs reform to significantly improve the efficiency of the customs procedures in the EU, the…
The agreement see Peel Ports Logistics support the arrival of all Drax's ships into the Port of Liverpool importing biomass, which has included above the bulk-carrier Aikaterini.
Peel Ports Logistics has signed a deal to become renewable energy specialist Drax’s new shipping agency service provider for vessels arriving to Liverpool importing biomass. The leading shipping and freight forwarder will support the arrival of all Drax’s ships from…
Several key maritime organisations and WaterborneTP have jointly organised the EU Innovation Fund infoday for the waterborne transport sector, to highlight financial support needed to progress as fast as possible the zero-emission pathway.
CLIA Europe, ECSA, ESPO, FEPORT, SEA Europe and WaterborneTP have jointly organised the EU Innovation Fund infoday for the waterborne transport sector, co-organised by the European Commission. Approximately 300 participants from the broader waterborne transport sector (private and public stakeholders)…
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Minister Jack Chambers, on behalf of Ireland, concluded and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ukraine on Thursday (1 February) for the mutual recognition of seafarers’ qualifications. This MOU is an update of the existing arrangement wherein Ireland recognised…