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Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA2020) has appointed a DFDS executive Poul Woodall as Executive Director of the alliance that represents ship owners and other key maritime industry stakeholders as an advocate and science research body for the environmental benefits of marine Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS). In addition to other marine environmental issues.
The Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA2020) has confirmed the appointment of ferry operator DFDS executive Poul Woodall as its Executive Director which took place at the start of this year. CSA 2020 (website) represents ship owners and other key maritime…
File image of Larne in Co Antrim
Larne Harbour is set to get dedicated facilities for post-Brexit checks on imports of food and livestock from Great Britain later this year, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. Currently a team of 12 environmental health officers are working “24/7, in…
Giant container operators, CMA CGM and HMM reacted quickest to the cargo surge in the second half of 2020 with the former primed to become the third largest global carrier later this year. Above: AFLOAT's file photo of a CMA CGM containership,  Nicolas Delmas departing Dublin Port with assistance of tug's (one unseen off the bow).
Of the world’s top 12 container shipping carriers, 8 of them increased overall capacity in 2020 despite all 12 making stinging capacity cuts in the first half of the year as Covid-19 lockdowns hit demand. As LloydsLoadingList reports, the carriers…
The Thun Liffey
A newly built 150m oil tanker which ran aground close to the mouth of Lough Foyle earlier this morning has been refloated. As Afloat reported earlier, the 11,826 tonne Thun Liffey was leaving Lisahally terminal in Derry for Milford Haven…
The 11,826 tonne Thun Liffey
Efforts are underway to refloat a newly built 150m oil tanker which ran aground close to the mouth of Lough Foyle earlier this morning.  The 11,826 tonne Thun Liffey was leaving Lisahally terminal in Derry for Milford Haven when the…
The largest container terminal on the Irish Sea is located at the Port of Liverpool's deep-water container terminal of 'Liverpool2', which broke a record twice this year in handling containers from a single vessel. Also according to port operator Peel Ports, the giant gantry cranes of the terminal tower 92m high, more than four times the height of London's Tralfalgar Square Christmas Tree (20m), an annual gift from the Norway to the UK (see: Ferry News story)
Across the Irish Sea at the Port of Liverpool’s deep water shipping container terminal at 'Liverpool2' located on the banks of the Mersey, is where the facility broke a record for the second time this year. Containership MSC Tamara had…
ICG's container divison EUCON is to add a containership MV Music to boost capacity on its Ireland-continental mainland Europe services this Friday, New Year's Day.
An additional load-on/ load -off (lo-lo) containership MV Music has been announced by Irish Continental Group (ICG) to serve their container division EUCON, writes Jehan Ashmore. Music starts the new career this Friday, 1 January 2021, by operating a weekly…
Warrenpoint Port, looking out into Carlingford Lough
Produce arriving into Northern Ireland from Great Britain that fails Brexit checks will be sent back, according to Northern Ireland’s chief veterinary officer. As the Belfast Telegraph reports, Robert Huey said an alternative option would be to destroy any goods…
Pembroke Port on the Milford Haven Estuary, south Wales is a centre of excellence for marine renewable engineering. Also above Afloat adds is the ferryport at Pembroke Dock with the Irish Ferries route linking Rosslare Harbour.
In Wales a planning application has recently been submitted by the Port of Milford Haven seeking approval for works to begin at Pembroke Port. The application is for infrastructure needed to support the development of a world-class renewable energy and…
The 130- metre long MPI Resolution berthed at Larne on Ireland's east coast
Larne Harbour on the east coast of Antrim in Northern Ireland is currently the base for the MPI Resolution, the world's first purpose-built vessel for installing offshore wind turbines, foundations, and transition pieces. The ship is working out of Larne…
Arklow Arrow takes to the waters during launching of the new 8,500dwt bulker that took place yesterday.
A new bulk oriented general cargoship for Arklow Shipping took to the water for the first time yesterday as the fifth of six ships was launched by shipbuilder Ferus Smit, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 8,543dwt newbuild (NB.441) bulker was christened…
EPSO calling on businesses to prepare for Border checks. The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) is the principal interface between European seaports and the European institutions and its policy makers. Above a busy port scene involving a variety of ship designs catering for transportation modes.
Businesses that conduct trade between the EU and the UK will from 1 January 2021 need to deal with border controls, thereby ensuring they submit the right formalities and information to border authorities in order to gain clearance for their…
UK retailers and food manufacturers call for an investigation into why the freight system is failing to deliver goods on time this winter while shipping costs are rising at a rate of 25% per week. Above AFLOAT's photo of Felixstowe in England is self-styled the 'Port of Britain' and is the UK's biggest container port, and one of the largest in Europe, handling over 4m TEU containers and around 3,000 ships annually, incl. the largest  'box-boats' among them the Europe-Asia serving OOCL Hong Kong (21,413TEU) above. Around 17 lines operate from the south-east port, offering 33 services to & from 700 ports around the world.
UK representatives of food and retail importers have called for an urgent inquiry into the ongoing disruption at British ports, which has led to long delays to goods arriving and escalating freight prices. Following several months of disruption at the UK’s…
EU mobility strategy paves the way for the Green Deal but according to ESPO needs a vision on seaports as engines of growth and recovery.
The European Commission on 9 Deccember released its new EU Mobility Strategy entitled “Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy – putting European Transport on track for the future”. The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the ambition of the Mobility Strategy…
The Irish state’s biggest trading surplus was with the USA last year. AFLOAT adds above is Independent Container Line's (ICL) Independent Quest (3,100TEU) seen at the Port of Cork. This lo-lo vessel serving the direct route to the USA  on Sunday departed the Irish port's container terminal at Ringaskiddy and is currently bound for North America.
The Irish Republic exported €47 billion of goods, almost one-third of total exports, to the US in 2019, making it our largest single export market, according to a new report from the Central Statistics Office (CSO). The State’s biggest trading…
The south Wales Port of Milford Haven's scholarship panel met to virtually interview candidates. Pictured (l-r) are Maxine Thomas from Pembrokeshire College, Chairman of the Port Chris Martin and Headteacher of Haverfordwest High VC School Jane Harries.
In south Wales, four Pembrokeshire students have been successful in securing scholarships from the Port of Milford Haven under its prestigious Scholarship Scheme as Afloat previously reported. Launched in 2003, the Port (including the ferry terminal at Pembroke Dock) has already supported…

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