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Film Premiere: At the Water’s Edge: Stories of the Irish Sea. Leaders of the project and dignitaries at the film premiere in Wales last week, incl. from L to R, Aberystwyth Mayor Talat Chaudhri, Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, Dawn Bowden MS, Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Earth & Life Sciences Professor Neil Glasser and Dr Rita Singer, Project Coordinator.
In Wales the Deputy Minister for Arts and Sports has launched a new film charting the histories and life of five port towns in the Principality and Ireland. The film premiered at Ceredigion Museum in Aberystwyth, on the series of…
EcoClipper, the sustainable sail-cargo shipping company has announced it will partner with broker New Dawn Traders for the upcoming 2022 season.
EcoClipper's first ship, the sailing Ketch ‘De Tukker’ in August will be carrying cargo and passengers on the North Sea, through the English Channel to ports as far south as Porto, Portugal. To facilitate the process of finding and organising cargo…
ESPO Secretary-General Isabelle Ryckbost and Interferry CEO Mike Corrigan
At a meeting between the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) and global trade association Interferry, a common work programme was agreed to promote an environmentally sustainable future for the European ferry business through the provision and use of onshore power…
The Irish Maritime Transport Economist, Volume 19 cover
The 19th and latest edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist, a report produced by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) on Ireland’s maritime freight industry, has been published today (Monday 23 May) and makes for encouraging reading for the…
The growth driven by increases in exports of medical and pharmaceutical products according to  CSO figures. A containership Afloat adds with tugs assisting, departs the Port of Cork when underway off Haulbowline and bound for the USA.
Unadjusted exports of goods from Ireland, exceeded €20 billion in a month for the first time in March, driven mainly by growth in the exports of medical and pharmaceutical products, as well as organic chemicals, new data from the Central…
An order for two 7,999 mts dwt efficient coastal tankers has been placed by Thun Tankers, whose dark green hulled ships are frequent callers in Irish ports. Among them, Afloat highlights Dublin Port where almost daily arrivals of Thun Tankers discharge petroleum products that were loaded at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire in south Wales.
Frequent Irish ports caller, Thun Tankers whose fleet continues to expand as the Scandinavian shipping company haved place an order for a pair of 7,999 mts dwt tankers. Thun Tankers is part of the Erik Thun Group, a company owned by…
The rules have been eased to allow a multi-site freeport and governments will work together on choosing the location/s. Above freight check-in booths of operators Irish Ferries and Stena Line.
Accross the Irish Sea, the Welsh Government has reached an agreement with the UK Government on the establishment of Freeports in Wales with £26m in starter funding secured. As North Wales Live revealed (earlier) this morning, the deal had been…
Pictured prior to making a maiden voyage is Arklow Coast, a brand new C-class coaster which made an inaugural commercial voyage from north-west Europe to the Iberian peninsula. At the stern is the short-sea trader's port of registry, Arklow which is the homeport of the shipowners.
Arklow Coast of 2,999 gross tonnage, is a brand new C-class coaster which began a commercial maiden voyage from the Netherlands that was completed in Spain at the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The newbuild is the 8th so far in…
The winner of the ESPO Award for 2021 was the Polish Port of Gdańsk Authority.
This year's European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award on Social Integration of Ports focuses on the “Role of maritime passenger transport in enhancing the city connectivity and bringing added value to the local community”. Are you an ESPO (observer) member…
EcoClipper's sail-cargoship, De Tukker is the first in a fleet of low-impact sailing ships which will transport cargo and paying-passengers using the wind as a main source of propulsion. The schedule of the ketch focuses on the North Sea, the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay.
The Dutch shipping company, EcoClipper has announced this year’s sailing schedule of the newly purchased ship De Tukker as Afloat reported in January. De Tukker is the first in a fleet of low-impact sailing ships which will transport cargo and…
Downriver of the Thames and estuary is London Medway (Chatham and Sheerness) from where the Peel Ports Group operated terminal at Sheerness, has had its busiest ever month for unaccompanied freight (carried by DFDS) to Calais, France. Since the service re-started, volumes have gone strength to strength with hauliers switching to the service to avoid congestions in the south-east as seen in Dover.
London Medway, part of the Peel Ports Group, has had its busiest ever month for unaccompanied freight using a cargo only ro-ro ferry service between the UK and France. The Sheerness-Calais service which is run by DFDS (also Rosslare Europort-Dunkirk) has…
At the Water’s Edge: Stories of the Irish Sea is a new feature length documentary film to be launched at Ceredigion Museum on 26 May at 7pm. This is to be followed by short documentaries, where free screenings in the coming months will be held in locations of the respective Irish and Welsh ports. Among the ports AFLOAT adds is Rosslare Europort and the Blue Star 1 which normally runs to and from Pembroke Dock (See today's stories under Irish Ferries).
In a new series the histories of five (ferry) port towns in Ireland and Wales and will feature in a film that will be premiered in Aberystwyth later this month. The eight short documentaries and one feature-length film, At the…
The Mersey Maritime Exchange, an annual conference held in Liverpool is to take place in the city's historic Liverpool Town Hall on 23rd June.
UK shipping industry body, Mersey Maritime has announced their fourth annual conference, The Mersey Maritime Exchange which is to take place on Thursday, 23rd June. The event will be both online and held in the magnificent surroundings of Liverpool Town Hall,…
European Sea Ports Organisation welcomes EP-TRAN efforts to find solution for risk of carbon and business leakage in framework of ETS-maritime.
The European Parliament Committee for Transport and Tourism (TRAN) yesterday adopted the draft opinion of MEP Novakov on the Commission proposal to bring the maritime sector into the EU Emission Trading System (ETS). The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes…
Register now for ESPO Conference 2022 "Empowering Europe’s ports" which is taking place in-person, hosted by the Port of Valencia, Spain (2 & 3 June)
As Afloat reported last month, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) is to host their 18th edition of its Annual Conference in Valencia, Spain (2-3 June) and those intending to attend can now register.    The theme of this year’s…
Record Year: Busy shipping scene as this maritime montage at Warrenpoint Port shows the 138m Arklow Muse, Cito and Celtic Raider when berthed at the Co. Down port last month.
Details of Warrenpoint Port's performance for the year ending 31st December 2021 have been released by the Co. Down port. In a year which brought exceptional challenges, not least in relation to Covid-19 and Brexit, the Port continued to experience…

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