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File image of a container ship at Dublin Port
The HSE has issued instructions for ships entering Irish ports regarding new protocol in relation to the ongoing Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection crisis. Masters of vessels entering Irish ports are required to: Complete and submit a Maritime Declaration of Health,…
UK Free Ports: Many of the 30 ports believed to be preparing bids for free port status are in UK northern areas won by the Conservatives. Above: File photo of containership Nicolas Delmas AFLOAT adds when operating between Irish and UK ports in addition connecting continental mainland Europe.
On the west coast of Ireland the little known Shannon Airport unknowingly started a trade revolution back in 1959 when it became the world’s first free trade zone. Skip forward six decades and Brexiteers are holding up this small town…
Workers Afloat adds at the west Scottish shipyard, Fergusan Marine at Port Glasgow which is building the new hybrid (CalMac) ferries. The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is seen at the last yard on the Clyde during a visit yesterday to reveal that the firm is the preferred tenderer for a &pou
The First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon announced the price of a disastrous contract for a pair of CalMac ferries before it was finalised, MSPs have heard. As The Herald reports, the billionaire Jim McColl said the First Minister publicly…
Is there a viable buyer ready for Appledore Shipyard? AFLOAT adds the facility in north Devon, completed building its last vessel LÉ George Bernard Shaw. The final of the OPV90/P60 Class last year was commissioned by the Irish Naval Service.
In the UK the Government has been accused of ‘dither and delay’ following claims a viable buyer has been lined up for Appledore shipyard for four months. The GMB Union, according to NorthDevon Gazette, (yesterday, 31 January) criticised the Government…
Next month the European Shipping Week takes place in Brussels, Belgium
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) is co-organising an event on decarbonisation of shipping as part of the European Shipping Week (ESW). The event organised in conjunction with the European Community Shipowners' Association (ECSA) will take place in 19 February…
Cargo ships berthed at Warrenpoint Port on Carlingford Lough
Headquartered in Newry, Co. Down is Re-Gen WTE (Waste to Energy) Ltd which has agreed a new long-term licence with Warrenpoint Harbour Authority (WPHA) The company, The Irish News reports, which specialises in covering energy from rubbish that normally ends…
The Danica Hav docked in Gdansk, Poland in 2016
A captain found drunk in charge of his ship in Belfast docks has been fined £500, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. Fifty-eight-year-old Oleg Okolobvich was arrested after fellow crew were forced to step in to avoid the cargo vessel Danica…
File photo of the Dual-fuel car and passenger ferry Glen Sannox which is currently under construction at Ferguson Marine shipyard on the Clyde, Scotland
Bosses at a Scottish shipyard were “fairly and squarely” to blame for the calamitous delays and costs overruns at Ferguson Marine, it has been claimed. As The Herald reports, Kevin Hobbs, chief executive of Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) –…
Container ship APL Singapura berthed at the French northern port of Dunkerque
Container ship APL Singapura operated by CMA CGM became the first ship to use the Port of Dunkirk's shoreside power (cold ironing) facilities last week. The cold ironing system reports The Maritime Executive, was installed at the Terminal des Flandres…
The scholarship panel was chaired by the Port of Milford Haven Chairman, Chris Martin (centre) who was joined by Sara Aicken from the Port (left) and Maxine Thomas from Pembrokeshire College (right).
University students totalling five from Pembrokeshire, Wales, are to receive scholarships from the Port of Milford Haven – one more than usual – as the standard proved to be exceptionally high this year. The south Wales port has awarded scholarships…
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 ITJ.com, 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…

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