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According to BBC Newsline, the media were not invited but the BBC were given this photo of the Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, meeting some business leaders in the ports of Larne and in Warrenpoint (as above) where AFLOAT adds is the stern of the Irish flagged Arklow Faith. The 2,988grt cargoship was in heavy seas as featured in the recent RTE TV series 'Great Lighthouses of Ireland'.
#Ports&Shipping - The Brexit Secretary reports BBC News, has pledged that the government will not sign up to any deal which could threaten the UK's constitutional integrity. Dominic Raab made the comments after a one-day visit to Northern Ireland, where…
Bulk-carrier Taizhou Pioneer (32,453dwt) arriving off Port of Waterford's Belview Terminal on Sunday with assistance from local tug (name out of vision) but Afloat identified as Bargarth of Fastnet Shipping
#Ports&Shipping - A Maltese flagged bulk-carrier berthed in Belview, the Port of Waterford's main terminal to discharge 15,000 tonnes of fertiliser, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Taizhou Pioneer (32,453dwt) arrived from Avonmouth (Port of Bristol) on the Severn Estuary on Sunday.…
The UK shipyard at Appledore that built LE George Bernard Shaw AFLOAT adds would appear to be the last ship constructed at the Babcock facility in north Devon, which is to close within the next five months. Note: On the quayside to the right is the mainmast of the Irish Naval Service newbuild OPV90/P50 class where a quartet were completed at the yard.
#Ports&Shipping- The UK shipyard (that built LÉ George Bernard Shaw) is to shut despite its owner being offered a £60m contract by the MoD. Staff at Appledore Shipyard in Devon reports BBC News have been told by owner Babcock that it…
One of the UK's oldest commercial shipyards, Babcock in Appledore, Devon is set to make a decision on the fate of its shipyard next month, with 200 workers facing an uncertain future. Babcock is widely reported to be considering closing the shipyard whose order book is empty following completion of a contract to build a quarter of offshore patrol vessels (OPV's) for the Irish Naval Service. AFLOAT adds the final OPV LÉ George Bernard Shaw (above: docked at the yard earlier this year), made a delivery passage this month across the Celtic Sea to Cork Harbour.
#Ports&Shipping - A mystery that has got the City's of London's defence and industry experts speculating: just who is behind Boatman Capital Research? As Sky News reports, Boatman last week published a damning report on Babcock, the engineering services group,…
BBC Pearl heading upriver as captured by Eddie English this morning
Eddie English of SailCork has shared video of an unusual arrival in Cork Harbour this morning in the shape of cargo ship BBC Pearl. The 150-metre Antiguan-flagged vessel is a heavy-lifting specialist and comes equipped with two massive cranes for the…
35 million people in the UK and Ireland – more than half of the total population – live closer to Liverpool (above port terminal) than south-east container ports, among them Felixstowe, the UK's largest such port located in Essex. Feeder-containerships operate on services linking Liverpool to Irish ports.
#Ports&Shippping - A UK ports operator, Peel Ports has said its Liverpool2 deep-water container terminal is ready to help clear the growing backlog of imported goods into the country caused by IT implementation problems in the south-east port of Felixstowe,…
MEP Deirdre Clune (EPP-Ireland) whose draft-report has been welcomed by ESPO on the European Maritime Single Window
#Ports&Shipping - The European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism on 15th October published the draft report on the Commission’s proposal for a Regulation establishing a European Maritime Single Window environment, which came out on 17 May. The rapporteur, MEP…
Glenn Murphy is the new chair of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Ireland
Glenn Murphy FICS has been elected chairman of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Ireland at its 44th annual general meeting in Dublin last Thursday (25 October). He replaces outgoing chairman Sean McCabe FICS, who served for the previous two years.…
The 64ft Cornish lugger Grayhound, a re-creation of a design of 1796, recently delivered 6 tons of Monaghan-brewed Irish craft beer from Cork to Granville in Normandy
The recent totally carbon-free delivery of six tons of Irish craft beer from Cork to France makes for a positive response to those who are concerned by the adverse effects of industrially-induced climate change, and the possible interruptions to trade…
The former Royal Mail Ship (RMS) St Helena that served between South Africa and the remote UK island territory of St. Helena (made a historic once off charter call to Irish ports in 1995), last week returned to UK waters, (Portland, Dorset, not since 2011). AFLOAT made a visit on board the 'RMS' when the passenger-cargoship made a historic first and only call to its registered homeport of London in 2016.
#Ports&Shipping - In just over a week of the RMS Leinster centenary ceremony held to commemorate the Irish Sea steamer, another former Royal Mail Ship RMS St. Helena reports the Dorset Echo returned to UK waters after an absence of seven…
An Environmental Report 2018 from ESPO includes The 10 Top environmental priorities of the EU port sector, so check it out! with related links below.
#Ports&Shipping- The annual Environmental Report for 2018 (download) published by the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) was presented yesterday at the GreenPort Congress in Valencia, Spain. The ESPO Environmental Report includes environmental performance benchmark indicators as well as the Top 10 Environmental…
#Ports&Shipping - MSC Ela, the large containership which due to engine-problem was forced to divert to Dublin Bay last week while on a voyage from UK to the USA, has finally arrived in New York Port today, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Proposals to move material collected during dredging at Carlingford Lough to within the bay. AFLOAT adds above cruiseship Saga Pearl II is seen off Warrenpoint Port
#Ports&Shipping - On both sides of the border, The Irish News writes campaigners are objecting to plans to deposit dredged material within Carlingford Lough, claiming it would bring nuclear substances into the bay. As covered on, Warrenpoint Port is…
#Ports&Shipping - UK based shipyard and engineering company Cammell Laird on Merseyside, says winning two 10-year contracts to support the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) worth an estimated £619million is a massive boost. The announcement will enable the company to continue…
The global autonomous shipping industry is predicted to grow into a $136 billion behemoth by 2030. Above an artist's impression of autonomous ships of the future
The autonomous and smart shipping industry is set to receive a boost, after the UK's Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Department for Transport (DfT), in collaboration with the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Robotics Innovation Centre, successfully secured…
Brussels Issues Brexit Preparedness Notice On Maritime Security
#Brexit - The latest notice from the European Commission to stakeholders on Brexit preparedness concerns the field of aviation and maritime security. Subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement, as of the withdrawal…

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