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The crude oil tanker Braer during a storm in 1993 foundered in the Shetlands Isles off Scotland spilling almost  85,000 tonnes. The disaster was one of the major oil spills in history and is ranked the 15th worst out of 20 indicents in terms of oil spill size tonnes according to the ITOPF's Oil Tanker Spill Statistis 2019 - see download link below. As for above the tanker is seen at Garths Ness where it broke-up on the rocky shore.
The not-for-profit organisation the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) is as a source of objective technical expertise in the area of accidental spills of oil, chemicals, and other cargoes and substances in the marine environment. As the federation is…
Associated British Ports (ABP) and Tata Steel sign long-term Port Talbot (above) agreement for the major south Wales industrial plant works to export using the Port of Newport near the Welsh capital of Cardiff. Also above AFLOAT adds is the drill-ship Sertao which departed the port in 2019 following a period of lay-up as referred below.
Associated British Ports (ABP) and Tata Steel have entered a new 10-year agreement in supply of raw materials to integrated steelworks via Port Talbot's deepwater harbour and the export of finished products through the Port of Newport in south Wales.…
Covid19 Impact: The charity Liverpool Seafarers Centre CEO John Wilson presented an i-phone to stranded Indian seafarer, Nishanth Sadaram who had lost touch with his family after his mobile phone was damaged by seawater. The presentation took place on board the bulk-carrier M.V. Seamec Gallant where the seafarer is the 3rd officer of the 20,969grt bulk-carrier which AFLOAT adds having departed Liverpool is currently at anchorage off Moelfre on the Isle of Anglesey, north Wales.
Across the Irish Sea an Indian seafarer stranded thousands of miles from home because of the Covid-19 crisis has been able to reconnect with his family thanks to the help of two Liverpool-based maritime organisations. Ecumenical charity Liverpool Seafarers Centre…
Funding for phycial posts in Northern Ports. AFLOAT adds updates on Belfast Harbour (as above) freight and passenger ferries of Stena Line berthed at the VT2 terminal and partially in the photo is ro-ro freight ferry Stena Forecaster (which Afloat reported in April) was temporarily withdrawn from Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) route due to impact of Covid19. The freightship had since returned to service but as of this morning's Afloat tracked inbound sailing, noting subsequent services on the Irish Sea route have been cancelled by this ship until 1 June. Also in the foreground is a ship to shore (STS) container crane which was transported by sea from Cork Harbour (reported in March) which have since been erected. The STS crane was moved to VT3 to increase efficiency of handling essential goods for Northern Ireland.
Ports in Northern Ireland with physical posts are set for funding ahead of the UK’s exit from the EU, a Stormont committee has been told. According to the Press Association, Junior Minister Declan Kearney told the committee that the Executive had…
The world's biggest container shipping company Maersk warns global demand is to shrink this year. Above Afloat's photo of the operator's containers stacked in Dublin Port.
Danish shipping group AP Moller-Maersk has today warned of a sharp drop in global container volumes due to the coronavirus pandemic, sending its shares down sharply. The coronavirus epidemic has thrown the global container shipping trade off balance as global…
The Coastworker is 19.5m long with two Caterpillar engines and has a maximum speed of 11 knots
Bangor Marina on Belfast Lough may be closed but the Harbour is certainly not out of bounds to commercial traffic and the 120-ton displacement tug Coastworker arrived yesterday afternoon. She will tow the modular barge currently berthed alongside the commercial…
AFLOAT's photo of the deep-sea ('box-boat') containership Mette Maersk berthed in the UK at the Port of Felixstowe. The North Sea port is Britain’s biggest and busiest container port, and one of the largest in Europe connecting the globe. The UK port Afloat also adds is served by additional short-sea container 'feeder' routes to include those linking Belfast, Dublin and Cork.
Shipping container demand will bounce back relatively quickly as lockdowns are eased worldwide, believes leading digitally driven freight forwarder iContainers, bringing potential new challenges as well as opportunities. “I’m cautiously optimistic that we will see a relatively quick recovery when…
According to the EU it expects IT systems and databases in place for customs, VAT and excise so that the North can plug into the EU system, however the Brexit process grinds on slowly noting completion for this work in the North has a looming deadline of 1 July. So to enable customs infrastructure and related control posts to start "immediately" if everything is to be ready by 1 January, 2021.
Michel Barnier gave EU ambassadors on Tuesday a downbeat assessment of the negotiations on the future relationship with the UK. The EU's chief negotiator also spoke briefly about the row over the EU having an office in Belfast. As RTE…
A containership in UK waters
Seafarers from the UK of up to 2,000 are stranded on ships around the world because of coronavirus lockdowns, the industry's trade body has told the BBC. The UK Chamber of Shipping wants the UK government to become the first to…
Salvor working at the site of the MV Kaami off Skye
Salvors successfully offloaded the last recoverable cargo from the grounded MV Kaami in western Scotland last Thursday, 30 April. As previously reported on, the MV Kaami ran aground in the Minch between Skye and Lewis on 21 March, just…
The current global health crisis will require more than a “business as usual” update of Europe’s Transport Strategy. Above the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Europe has since 2011 been facing numerous new challenges and has defined new policy ambitions. However, the health crisis the world is facing today risks to radically overturn current realities, assumptions and strategies as the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)…
ESPO's Conference for this year has been postposed to May 202I though the venue is still scheduled to be hosted by the Port of Oslo, Norway where in this file photo above in the foreground a ferry and cruiseship are berthed. AFLOAT has identified these vessels, on the left is Danish ferry operator's DFDS's Crown Seaways however the ship's route between the Nordic capital and Copenhagen, Denmark is currently not operating due to Covid-19. As for the other vessel, this is the German cruise firm Pheonix Reisen's Albatros.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) regret to inform that they feel obliged to cancel their Conference 2020, which was due to take place in one month in Oslo, Norway. ESPO commented that this was a tough decision but in…
Irish Exporters Association is to host a free webinar: Covid-19 Update from the UK, where speakers from both sides of the Irish Sea will take part in the event. To join in you must though register online before the event begins tomorrow, Friday at 12 noon.
The Irish Exporters Association (IEA) is to host tomorrow (Friday, 24 April at 12 noon) a free webinar with a #COVID-19 update from the UK. The webinar is to focus on business supports and on the resilience of key road…
File photo: Derek Mackay the (former) Finance Secretary of Scotland AFLOAT adds pictured at the shipyard of Ferguson Marine with one of the newbuild ferry pair under construction for CalMac in Port Glasgow on the Clyde.
Shipyard Ferguson Marine which is owned by the Scottish Government, has ploughed nearly £3m into two companies without going to competitive tender to help resolve the fiasco over the delivery of two new (island) lifeline ferries, the Herald on Sunday…
The MV Kaami rests in The Minch at the known local hazard Eugenie’s Rock
Work continues at pace to remove cargo from the MV Kaami which ran aground off Skye in western Scotland after sailing from Drogheda Port last month. A further 22 skips of cargo were removed yesterday (Monday 20 April), meaning a total…
MSC Federica (4,738 TEU) broke a record for a single containership exchange total of 5,452 TEU at the 2016 built Liverpool2 terminal which is part of the Port of Liverpool operated by the Peel Ports Group. AFLOAT adds the UK ports group also operates a container facility in the Dublin Port at the Marine Terminals Limited (MTL) on the South Bank Quay, Ringsend. At MTL is where BG Freight Line B.V. based in Rotterdam (a subsidiary of Peel Ports Group), operate 'feeder' containerships also from Belfast Harbour and the Port of Cork to mainland Europe. Afloat tracked today in Dublin Port at the MTL terminal the China built 'Ireland' max series BG Jade (1,004TEU) built 2018, which is berthed at the Irish capital having sailed from the Southampton, UK.
Across the Irish Sea from Dublin Port is the Port of Liverpool’s deep water container terminal, Liverpool2 where recently a new record was broken at the north-west England port. The record goes to containership MSC Federica which berthed last month…

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