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Carlingford Lough: Warrenpoint Port's AGM (Annual Report - 2019) was held virtually for the first time due to restrictions imposed by the impact of Covid-19. Above AFLOAT adds is the low-air draft general drycargo short-sea trader Peak Oslo (formerly Union Sun) on the Lough which derives its name from the Old Norse Kerlingfjǫrðr, meaning 'narrow sea-inlet of the hag'. The ship in this foreshortened view is deceptive given its 87.66m length, a beam of 11.05m and a draft of 2.7m. The 1985 built / 1,543 grt ship is from the an original series built for Union Transport Group based in Kent, UK, that included Union Moon which along with a ferry collided into eachother in Belfast Lough as Afloat reported in 2012. Later that year the MAIB deemed both vessels at fault for the incident.
Warrenpoint Port held for the first time an annual general meeting (AGM) virtually due to the unprecedented circumstances brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and current Government guidance on social distancing. A digital copy of the Co. Down's port Annual Report, outlining…
Belfast to Build Zero Emissions Ferries Following £60m Funding Boost
A Belfast Lough Maritime Consortium led by Artemis Technologies has won a £33 million UK Government innovation grant to develop zero emissions ferries in the city, that will revolutionise the future of maritime transport. With further investment from consortium partners,…
Latest ‘Ocean Of Learning’ Series Sees Bright Future For Ireland’s Shipping Sector
As an island nation, Ireland is dependent on ports and shipping services to transport goods, and 90% of our trade is moved though Irish ports. Shipping and maritime transport services make a significant contribution to Ireland’s ocean economy, with the…
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The Nautical Institute is to host a webinar this Thursday (25 June) at 1400 BST (UK time). So here's an opportunity to join the Nautical Institute CEO Captain John Lloyd and a distinguished panel of international experts in celebrating the…
After successful implementation in selected countries, the container line (MSC) is now extending the programme to clients worldwide throughout 2020. Above AFLOAT adds is DNV GL's ground-breaking new class notation to mitigate fire risks on container ships had been awarded to MSC. The notation has been implemented on the largest container ships in the world, the 23,000+ TEU MSC Gülsün class with their also important lowest CO2 emissions per container carried by design.
Following a successful implementation in selected countries, global container line Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is now extending its the MSC Carbon Neutral Programme to clients worldwide throughout 2020. Since early 2019, MSC has partnered with leading global climate solutions provider…
Independent Vision arrives at the Port of Cork on Saturday 6 June
The Port of Cork hailed the arrival of ICL’s cargo vessel Independent Vision yesterday (Saturday 6 June) to commence the start of a new weekly direct service from Cork Harbour to the United States. As previously reported on, the…
The European Commission’s report - the first of its kind on CO2 emissions from maritime transport - estimates that merchant ships added over 138 million tonnes to EU carbon emissions in 2018
European merchant ships generate almost four per cent of total EU carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, a new EU report states. The European Commission’s report - the first of its kind on CO2 emissions from maritime transport - estimates that merchant…
NO TRADE DEAL: A busy 'file' photo scene in Dublin Port AFLOAT adds shows Helen, a small short-sea coaster depart with the backdrop of berthed containerships at the DFT terminal (part of the ICG Group) which yesterday received new cranes invested at the facility. This is one of the port's three container terminals that play a vital role in imports and exports to and from the UK, the EU and beyond.
At a press briefing today, the EU’s Chief Negotiator pointed out that the UK is not living up to several crucial issues jointly agreed in the Political Declaration from October 2019, including the level playing field.  The end of the…
Arklow Rover (recently sold to Norwegian interests) is seen a few years back in Dublin Port at the Deep Water Berth (DWB) from where other fleetmates of Arklow Shipping feature in a documentary 'Keepers of the Port' which is only available to watch until today. On a related note, also today berthed at the DWB is Arklow Vale which can be viewed on another LINK below which shows the excellent filming of the ship's launch.
Wilson Porto the former Arklow Rover recently acquired by Norwegian interests, Wilson Ship Management along with another 'R' class fleetmate which Afloat will later report on, is berthed today in Belfast Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore. The general cargoship of 2,999…
Irish flagged freighter Huelin Dispatch during Dundalk Shipping's charter to Channel Island Lines which no longer remains, however the 8 crew of the general cargoship is currently elsewhere as revealed below. The above scene shows the ship during container handling in St. Hellier, Jersey. In total 188 TEU containers can be carried and on the hatch cover between containers it would appear is a truck drop trailer unit?
So where next? Afloat posed the question after the Irish flagged Huelin Dispatch departed Cork Dockyard last week and to initially anchor offshore prior to the ship's arrival in UK waters this week, writes Jehan Ashmore. The Dundalk Shipping (DSC)…
The Welsh Port of Milford Haven handles liquid, bulk, break-bulk and heavy-lift cargoes and a ferry service to Rosslare Europort. Among cargoes is fuel products to Dublin Port including for planes at the capital's airport. As for the south Wales port which is the UK's largest energy port capable of 30% of that nation's gas demand. Above AFLOAT adds ia a view from a liquid natural gas (LNG) carrier and those berthed at the port which imports LNG from Qatar in the middle-east involving 18 days at sea and covering over 6,000 nautical miles.
Wales has the largest energy port in the UK located in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire from where the port published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2019 which reported strong financial results driven by increased shipping activity. The Port of Milford…
Independent Container Line (ICL) cargo ship Independent Spirit
The Port of Cork has announced the start of a new weekly direct service from Cork to USA, giving Ireland its first direct container service to the USA in many years. The new Cork Harbour service is set to commence…
Webinar: The Future of Motorways of the Sea (MoS) is to be held on 1 July. Above AFLOAT's photo shows a diversity of ship types berthed in Dublin Port. From the left is a cement-carrier, cruise ship and con-ro vessel which connected Ireland and mainland Europe.
A Motorways of the Sea (MoS) webinar "Shaping the Policy of a European Maritime Space – The Future of Motorways of the Sea" is to take place on Wednesday 1st July 2020 (09h30 – 11h15). The Motorways of the Sea (MoS)…
Containers at the Tivoli Container Terminal, Cork from where 'feeder' services link the UK in addition to mainland Europe
Irish Exporters Association's chief executive has commented that the ongoing stalemate in the EU-UK negotiations on a future partnership could severely counteract the ability of an export led COVID-19 economic recovery. Following, the UK Government’s publication of how it intends…
The temperature screening technology involves using a camera detection system to monitor the temperature of passengers
Portsmouth International Port says it's the first UK port to install a thermal temperature scanner, which will be available for ferry and cruise operators to screen their passengers. The temperature screening technology involves using a camera detection system to monitor…
Northern Ireland fishery and research vessel RV Corystes which recently left Cork Dockyard's graving-dock, the Republic's sole surviving facility for 'ships' following the closure of the larger dry-dock in Dublin Port in 2015. The stout and sturdy looking 53m vessel is seen in Belfast Lough and was built for previous owners in 1988 at a shipyard across the other side of the North Channel along the Firth of Clyde at Ferguson Ailsa shipyard in Troon, Scotland.
Below are some news items from the Irish Sea and surrounding areas that Jehan Ashmore reports on from the shipping scene. Small 'Sixties' Ship Returns to Dublin A small short-sea cargoship Saturn (627 gross tonnage) dating to the era of…

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