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File photo of the latest newbuild Arklow Ace (in centre, when still in construction) is the third of six A-series ships launched from a shipyard in the Netherlands. AFLOAT adds note the barge delivering a load of hatch covers and gantry to be lifted on board the newbuild.
The latest and third newbuild of the Arklow 'A' class series which is a bulk orientated general cargoship was launched at a Dutch yard, writes Jehan Ashmore. Arklow Ace (Nb.439) took to the water for the first time as the…
European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) publishes statistics for committee meeting gender balance for 2019.
On the occasion of this year's International Women's Day, tomorrow, Sunday (8 March), the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) published the statistics for their committee meeting gender balance for 2019. All technical committees together, overall 31,76% of port professionals attending…
The Ferguson shipyard in Port Glasgow, Scotland which was nationalised. Scottish Government officials have denied claims of impropriety in the procurement of two ferries. AFLOAT adds above the first of the pair, Glen Sannox, for operator CalMac's Isle of Arran route from Ardrossan.
The director of aviation, maritime, freight and canals, Fran Pacitti of Transport Scotland, and head of the ferries unit, Chris Wilcock, rejected the allegations as they appeared before MSPs. In August last year, the Port Glasgow (Ferguson Marine) yard was…
Second on the left: Chairman of European Sea Ports Organisation (EPSO) Eamonn O’Reilly during the EPSO Award 2019 ceremony which was presented to the Port of Dover. Submission entries for this year are open until Friday 26 June.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award on Social Integration of Ports is entering its 12th edition. The theme of this year is “Enhancing the port-city relationship by encouraging innovators and local start-ups to be part of the port ecosystem”.…
European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) is looking for a Senior Policy Advisor.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) represents the port authorities, port associations and port administrations of the seaports of the 22 Member States of the European Union and Norway at EU political level. ESPO has also observer members in Iceland,…
The UK's Royal Fleet Auxiliary replenishment supplies and fuel tanker RFA Fort Victoria following a 30 year Special Survey dry-docking at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead on Merseyside. AFLOAT also adds pictured in the facilities non-tidal wet basin is the newbuild scientific research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough.
One of the largest vessels operated by the UK Ministry of Defence, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary's RFA Fort Victoria has returned to sea following a dry-docking period at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead. According to the shipyard on Merseyside the vessel had…
On the bridge.... a conference: 'Seafarer Wellness: Are the signals being read? is to be held on 26 March at the National Maritime College of Ireland in Cork Harbour.
A conference seminar: 'Seafarer Wellness: Are the signals being read? is to be held on Thursday, 26 March (0900-17.00) at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI), Ringaskiddy, Cork Harbour. Organisers of the conference is the Ireland Branch Of The…
COVID-19 reaction: The inactive container fleet has now surpassed levels recorded during the global financial crisis of 2008, as carriers slash capacity to stem losses. Above an AFLOAT photo of the Danish flagged Mette Maersk (see comments below from Maersk CEO) berthed at Felixstowe, the UK's busiest container port.
Container lines and their reacton to the lack of cargo export demand from China due to the coronavirus-induced (COVID-19) economic shutdown is becoming evident in record numbers of blanked sailings and inactive vessels. Some analysts now believe that prolonged disruption…
Aerial view of Dublin Port
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sports advises that updated templates for Port Security Plans for 2019-2024 have been made available. The Port Facility Security Plan template should be used for ‘Article 2.4 Single Facility’ ports where an approved assessment…
File photo: The unfinished Scottish Western Isles ferry Glen Sannox was launched on Clydeside in 2017 at Fergusons shipyard, two years before the complex was nationalised.
On Clydeside a troubled shipyard was "forced into administration" by the Scottish Government without giving the private sector time to save it, a dossier compiled by its former owner has claimed. Ferguson Marine, the last yard in Scotland still handling non-defence…
Work has continued ever since to reopen the historic UK Appledore shipyard (Afloat adds which built its last vessel in 2018 for the Irish Naval Service), but as of yet, no date for any reopening has been announced.
Councillors in Devon have urged the UK Government to hurry up and get a deal over the line to reopen Appledore Shipyard. Despite a union-led protest march, a 9,500-strong petition and the efforts of local MPs, the north Devon shipyard…
File image of a ship docked at Dublin Port
The European Maritime Law Organisation’s Spring Seminar 2020 will take place in Dublin on Friday 27 March. A packed programme with something for everyone interested in the maritime law sector is promised for the seminar, in association with A&L Goodbody…
Speaking at the European Shipping Week (ESW2020) conference the ESPO Chairman Eamonn O’Reilly: “As ports we should not get in the way of shipping and innovation. we need a goal based approach.”
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has published its Position Paper on the European Green Deal objectives in ports. The publication yesterday of EPSO's position paper fits into the European Shipping Week (ESW), currently taking place in Brussels. In the…
Lyubov Orlova pictured in St John’s, Newfoundland in 2012 before it was lost in the Atlantic en route to be scrapped
Ireland needs to appoint a Secretary of State’s Representative to deal with any future maritime or shipping incidents similar to the beaching of the MV Alta, a maritime expert advises. Captain Neil Forde, a maritime consultant with Marine Hazard Ltd,…
Alta aground and in an unstable condition on an inaccessible stretch of coastline west of Ballycotton, Co. Cork
Fuel in small amounts has been found in tanks belonging to the grounded cargo ship, MV Alta, but there is no cargo on board. That is according to an initial report by marine contractors who boarded the vessel at low…
Cargoship Alta aground on rocks west of Ballycotton, Co. Cork
Underway is an environmental assessment on the cargoship that washed up on the Cork coast over the weekend. Cork County Council is investigating if oil or other hazards could leak into the coastal waters around Ballycotton Bay. The ship had…

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