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The European Green Deal: Striving to be the first climate-neutral continent
Europe’s ambition as enshrined in The European Green Deal published on 11 December, to become the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050 has been welcomed by European Sea Ports Organisation. According to ESPO, European ports are at the crossroads…
Warrenpoint Harbour located in Co. Down
Northern Ireland's Department of Infrastructure (DfI) has announced two appointments to the board of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority.  The DfI's Permanent Secretary has appointed David Gray who is to serve for a first term and Geraldine Donaghy to serve a second…
12 drifting containers were spotted in the Celtic Sea at 2330 UTC in vicinity 51 40N 005 50W this week.
A cargo ship en route to Dublin Port was caught in this week's storms and lost at least 12 containers overboard. The Maritime Bulletin reports that the ship 'Elbcarrier' lost the containers in the Celtic Sea on the afternoon of…
The Arklow Day was acquired by Arklow Shipping in November 2017
Five crew were evacuated from an Irish cargo vessel yesterday (Tuesday 10 December) after encountering rough seas in the Bay of Biscay, as Maritime Bulletin reports. The Arklow Day has previously left Aviles Port in northwest Spain on Monday evening…
New cranes totaling three built in China onboard a heavy-lift vessel alongside the Liverpool2 container terminal
Three ‘megamax’ quayside cranes from China destined for the Liverpool2 container terminal in UK have been delivered to the Irish Sea port. Thee cranes according to, are part the second phase of the terminal project to provide additional capacity…
Scottish shipyard Ferguson Marine located at Inverclyde has been taken into public ownership. In this file photo, the first of a pair of ferries under construction, Glen Sannox is to operate for Scottish state-owned operator CalMac on the Isle of Arran service across the Firth of Clyde.
Shipyard Ferguson Marine has officially been taken into public ownership, the Scottish Government has announced. The move, reports STV News, came on Tuesday after administrators agreed the final terms of the transaction with Scottish Ministers. The yard will now be…
Berthed at the Port of Liverpool is an ACL containership of the generation G4 class
A new 15-year contract extension for container and roll-on/roll-off operations at the Port of Liverpool until the year 2035 has been agreed with Atlantic Container Line (ACL). According to the port's operator, Peel Ports Group, ACL is already the largest…
Unloading of containers from a EUCON lo-lo vessel, Elbetrader at the Port of Rotterdam.
Dublin based Irish Continental Group (ICG) has brought its sixth containership. The shipowner and ferry operator, reports Tradewinds, has acquired the 974teu CT Rotterdam (built 2009), for an undisclosed price. Afloat adds that the container vessel was preceeded by another…
Launching of newbuild Arklow Accord also introduced a new ship name in the history of the Co. Wicklow based shipping company which was established more than 60 years ago
Arklow Accord is the latest of a new series for ship-owner Arklow Shipping Ltd, however the bulk oriented cargo vessel is also a first for the company to use this ship name, writes Jehan Ashmore. The launching of newbuild Arklow…
A (lo-lo) containership underway
A process has begun at the European Commission for reviewing the 2013 TEN-T guidelines with a public consultation before next summer. The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) believes the review should not lead to a complete change of direction in…
The ESPO Award winner is the Port of Dover which was presented with the annual award during a ceremony at the Albert Hall in Brussels, Belgium.
This year's European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award winner is the Port of Dover in recognition of its successful strategy to reach out to the local community and to directly communicate with the port citizens. Using social media as a…
Among projects in the work pipeline for the Merseyside based shipyard of Cammell Laird (which in October 2018), won two 10-year contracts to support the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) worth an estimated £619 million. Above AFLOAT adds apprentices at the dry-dock facility in Birkenhead with the veteran RFA Fort Victoria (A387) an auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship which also transports ammunition, fuel, food and supplies to the UK's Royal Navy.
In the UK along Merseyside is shiprepairer, shipbuilder, and engineering services company Cammell Laird which has recruited 20 new apprentices to its workforce. The famous shipyard on Birkenhead, says it has completed the most rigorous recruitment process ever undertaken with…
The IIMM and the Irish Chamber of Shipping's 2019 Marine Ball is set on course for the social event held in Malahide, Co. Dublin
The Irish Institute of Master Mariners and the Irish Chamber of Shipping's annual Marine Ball is to be held this week on Saturday, 16th November in the Grand Hotel, Malahide, Co. Dublin. This year's Marine Ball Black Tie evening will…
The historic UK shipyard at Appledore could reopen as early as December if a deal is secured at talks, say sources. AFLOAT adds the last vessel to be built at the north Devon shipyard was the OPV LÉ George Bernard Shaw, the fourth and final of the OPV90/P60 Class, which in April this year was commissioned by the Irish Naval Service.
In the UK at the Appledore shipyard in Devon, the facility is close to reopening, 12 months after its 164-year shipbuilding history appeared to have come to an end. The shipyard could reopen as soon as December if a deal…
Gantry cranes at a port connected with railway service
Experts from both sea and inland ports over the last year, have been assessing the European railway legislation from a port perspective. This has resulted in a position paper adopted by the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and the European…
Scottish Government Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay said the action taken would help to ensure a future for the yard where above AFLOAT adds is newbuild Glen Sannox, the first of the pair of public sector ferries (for operator CalMac) which the yard is working to finally complete. Note on the superstructure the Scots-Gaelic name of the duel-fuel ferry is 'Gleann Sannaig'
A contract has been signed by the Scottish Government to take the troubled Ferguson Marine shipyard into public ownership, reports The National. It follows an agreement reached last month for the Government to take over the yard after the firm…

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