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Leading UK port operator, ABP has published their Annual Review 2022, reflecting on “Keeping Britain Trading” and achievements made in the past year. ABP operates 21 ports across the UK, supporting 119,000 jobs and contributing £7.5 billion to the economy every year.
The leading ports group in the UK, Associated British Ports (ABP) has published its Annual Review 2022 (download), reflecting on its success in “Keeping Britain Trading”, and its many achievements in the past year as it supported its customers throughout…
Mersey Maritime is calling for entries to apply as their 8th Annual Awards is to take place in November, 2022. Mersey Maritime is private sector-led business initiative to grow the maritime cluster of businesses and increase their impact on the region of the NW of England as an economic driver. New data from Mersey Maritime reveals the maritime sector in Liverpool city region is now worth £5bn a year, supporting almost 50,000 jobs.
Across the Irish Sea is where Mersey Maritime has launched their eighth annual industry awards and is calling for maritime and logistics businesses throughout the Merseyside region and the greater North West of England to start preparing their entries for…
 Europe’s ports at ESPOSecretariat and terminal operators and LKB FEPORT call for OPS where it makes sense in AFIR and FuelEU Maritime.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and the Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals (FEPORT) have jointly agreed that the proposals for an Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR) and the FuelEU Maritime Regulation should enable the deployment of…
Details of the successful recipients were announced by Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid Colm Brophy (above) late last week
A training programme aimed at reducing harmful emissions from shipping has won financial support in the first Irish Aid Enterprise Fund for International Climate Action. Dublin City University’s (DCU) school of law and governance, which is leading the study on…
European Sea Ports Organisation has welcomed the European Parliament's position of an Emission Trading System (ETS) that includes measures to address, and if possible, avoid carbon and business leakage.
The European Parliament on the 22 June adopted its position on the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS), which includes an expansion of the ETS to include shipping emissions. The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the EP position that…
Peel Ports Group (incl. Liverpool) received the Sustainability Award at Multimodal Exhibition 2022. The accolade recognises the hard work and efforts of the business and the ports' people in setting our their NetZero 2040 agenda.
In the UK, the Peel Ports Group has been recognised as the winner of the ‘Sustainability’ category at the 2022 Multimodal Awards in acknowledgement of its impressive environmental efforts. As one of the country's largest port groups, Peel Ports manages…
Fine Gael MEP for Ireland South Sean Kelly has been appointed lead author in finalising the draft legislation.  Above Afloat adds an Irish Sea ro-ro freighter arriving at Warrenpoint Port, Carlingford Lough
The European Union has drafted legislation that aims to strengthen its hand in taking action against the UK over possible breaches of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and EU-UK trade deal. It comes after the UK published legislation to give ministers…
The EU Commission has also announced fresh legal action over the alleged failure of the UK to build and staff border control posts at Northern Ireland ports
Legal action has resumed by the EU against the UK following the publication of the bill that would overturn the Northern Ireland Protocol. A senior EU official has warned that the UK could be brought before the European Court of…
N.I. Protocol Trade Dispute: Senior Italian, Dutch and Austrian ministers all accused the UK of threatening to break international law. Above freight trucks at a ferry terminal in Belfast Harbour.
Senior figures from EU member states have threatened a strong response to the UK's legislation. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz yesterday hinted at trade measures against the UK, while the EU's chief negotiator, Maroš Šefčovič, said the European Commission could resume…
Senior EU figures have threatened a strong response to the UK pressing ahead with a bill that would overturn the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The legislation on the Northern Ireland Protocol published by the British government yesterday, has been decribed by the Taoiseach as "anti-business and anti-industry". Speaking on his way into Cabinet this morning, Micheál Martin said the action by the UK represented…
Trade Relationships: The Irish Government and the European Union have warned against unilateral action by the UK Government and urged a return to the negotiating table. The above scene shows trade in lo-lo freight units in Belfast Harbour from where several routes operate on the Irish Sea to and from ports in Britain.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has told Britain's Foreign Secretary that proposed legislation to change to Northern Ireland Protocol will create a whole new set of uncertainties and damage relationships. The British government is due to publish details…
PeelLandP has formally submitted a planning application to Wirral Council to build a £25m world class maritime centre of excellence at WirralWaters. The plans submitted is to regenerate Wirral’s proud maritime heritage.
On Merseyside, Peel L&P has formally submitted a planning application to Wirral Council to build a £25m world class maritime centre of excellence focused on innovation, engineering, R&D, entrepreneurship and training within the heart of Wirral Waters. The proposed Maritime…
Eamon Ryan
New binding targets for greenhouse gas reductions in shipping are among a range of measures agreed today (Friday 3 June) by EU transport ministers today to reduce emissions in the transport sector in the coming decade. The new measures, which…
At the European Sea Port Organisation conference was released their 2022 report on 'Trends In Ports' governance.
On the first day of the European Sea Ports Organisation conference held in Valencia, Spain, the organisation today released their “Trends in EU Ports’ Governance 2022” report.  Both the public role and commercial expectations are on the rise for European…
European Sea Ports Organisation adopts the Valencia Declaration on empowering Europe’s ports which took place in the Spanish port city which is host to their annual two-day conference. The role of ESPO is represent the seaport authorities of all maritime Member States towards the EU institutions.
In advance of European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) conference in Spain, its members met in Valencia for its General assembly yesterday (1st June), where they have agreed on the following Declaration: Europe’s seaports played a strategic and essential role throughout recent…
Global tug operator, Svitzer has announced a decarbonisation strategy that aims to become fully CarbonNeutral  by 2040. Svitzer along with Robert Allan design teams is to introduce the less fuel consuming TRAnsverse tug (above) which is due to enter operation from Q3 2023. AFLOAT adds the company has a base located in Belfast Harbour served by pair of tugs, Svitzer Sarah and Svitzer Sussex.
A global towage operator, Svitzer and part of shipping container giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, has unveiled its decarbonisation strategy that will see the company become fully carbon neutral by 2040. The strategy will see Svitzer decarbonise in two phases. Firstly, Svitzer…

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