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Cargo owner launches broadside aimed at ‘avaricious’ lines that could face major shocks in years ahead. Above AFLOAT captured two giant containerships, OOCL Hong Kong and Maersk Mette at the UK's biggest box-boat port, Felixstowe where also container 'feeder' ships link smaller ports in north-west Europe.
Container ship operators basking in record levels of profit are storing up trouble for themselves, according to one cargo owner. Writing in Investment Monitor, Martin Kaspar, head of corporate development at German pipe maker Frankische Rohrwerke Gebr Kirchner, said these all-time…
NEW CRANES: Port of Liverpool’s Terminal 1 container capacity is to increase by 30% as new cranes become operational at the Irish Sea port on Merseyside. Above an ACL 'G4' class containership Atlantic Star docked at the facility reached through the a lock system. The location of the north-west England port is of strategic importance to major importers and exporters of goods as it offers unrivalled connectivity to Ireland and access to a catchment area of over 35 million people.
At the Port of Liverpool's Terminal 1, container capacity increases by 30% as new cranes become fully operational at the north-west England port. The port operated by Peel Ports, announced its new additional cranes which are now fully operational and…
Cameron Mitchell, Director of the IOMSR, the Isle of Man Ship Registry which is to launch an industry first with new reduced fees for ‘green’ ships. The IOMSR is one of the world’s leading flag states and is ranked 17 in the world by Clarkson’s with around 400 ships and 14m GT under its flag. The registry is headquartered in Douglas on the Isle of Man, a self-governing British Crown dependency and is a Category One member of the Red Ensign group.
The Isle of Man Ship Registry (IOMSR) is set to become the first flag state in the world to incentivise ship owners by offering reduced registration fees for ships deploying green technology. The green discount will give ship owners a…
The giant containership Ever Given aground on the Suez Canal almost a year ago, the Nautical Institute is to host a free webiner (this Thursday, 3rd Feb) on the major incident that affected global trade/supply-chains and on its commercial impact of insurance claims.
The Nautical Institute is to host a free webiner (this Thursday, 10.00am - 11.00am) on the giant containership Ever Given incident and on the 'commercial impact of the insurance claims' following the blocking of the Suez Canal almost a year…
Changing Tradewinds? - Dutch carbon emission-free shipping firm EcoClippers first acquired sailing ship De Tukker, is to undergo a refit to return the sail-trainee vessel to its original cargoship role while still under sail on the North Sea. This will also see paying passengers on routes between the UK and mainland Europe.
A zero-carbon emission shipping company in the Netherlands has acquired this month its first vessel that will transport cargo as well as passengers under sail on the North Sea within the first half of 2022, writes Jehan Ashmore. Alkmaar based…
Ships lining up ahead of Brexit Day last January
Iarnród Éireann has said Rosslare Europort has made history as Ireland’s leading port for direct European freight. The Co Wexford port recorded its highest ever activity with a 371 per cent increase in European freight last year and overall volumes…
Maritime EU ETS: ports call on EU for an ambitious scope that avoids carbon and business leakage.
European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has welcomed the proposal to include shipping in an Emission Trading System (ETS). Putting a price tag on shipping emissions through the EU ETS should deliver clear climate gains and push the sector to choose…
The Port of Milford Haven has appointed Tom Sawyer as the new chief executive officer of the UK' biggest energy port located in south Wales.
In south Wales the Port of Milford Haven which is the UK’s largest energy port, has announced the appointment of ‘Tom Sawyer’ as its new chief executive officer.  Tom will officially start his position at the end of April 2022,…
Captain Kuba Szymanski
The Seafarers Hospital Society (SHS) has appointed Captain Kuba Szymanski as the new Chair of the board of the 200-year-old UK maritime charity, following the retirement of Peter McEwen MBE MNM.  Szymanski, who is well known to Afloat readers for…
Peel Ports Group in the UK announced today that it was awarded 'Port Operator of the Year for 2021'. The group includes an Irish operation Peel Ports Dublin (MTL Terminals) which neighbours Poolbeg Y&BC, Ringsend. The container terminal provides short-sea connections with ports in Central Europe and Irish Sea as well as 'feeder' services connecting the Far East, India and South America. Above BG Ireland (on left) which previously served the terminal and the deck of P&O Ferries ropax Norbank underway from another terminal when bound for Liverpool, one of several UK ports operated by the group.
The Peel Ports Group have been awarded the accolade 'Port Operator of the Year for 2021'  after securing the most online votes, amongst those who voted, from the maritime directory’s 15,000-strong readership of professionals in the sector. The win comes…
Record cargo at the Port of Felixstowe is believed to be the biggest containers handled ever on a single ship in Europe when on board MSC Diletta. AFLOAT adds another containership Anna G which following repairs in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, made a recent first 'commercial' sailing since from the UK's biggest box boat port when tracked two days later to the German North Sea port of Wilhelmshaven.
The UK Port of Felixstowe, operated by Hutchinson Ports, has handled what is believed to be the largest number of containers ever on a single ship in Europe. A total of 23,773TEU (standard containers) were handled on the 24,000 TEU…
Global shipping accounts for nearly 3% of the world's CO2 emissions and the sector is under growing scrutiny to become cleaner. Above Afloat captured this scene of the Maersk Mette, an E-class containership.
Shipping container giant AP Moller-Maersk now plans to achieve net zero emissions in its business by 2040, a decade earlier than previously announced, on the back of rising customer demand for green transportation and technical leaps. With about 90% of world…
Unifeeder 2022 Irish route map
From this Friday (14 January), Unifeeder Shortsea will be launching its new shipping service linking Rotterdam to/from the ports of Dublin, Cork and Belfast. The company promises that this new service in the Irish Sea offers an enhanced carrying capacity,…
New smarter technology installed for the navigation system at the Port of London, from where above at the UK capital is the iconic landmark of Tower Bridge seen in recent years with Svitzer Brunel passing under the raised drawbridge. The 58.5 tons bollard pull tug had assisted cruiseship Silver Wind moored alongside HMS Belfast at the Pool of London. The tug is one of a quartet of tractor tugs built in 2003 by Astilleros Zamakona, the same Spanish shipyard that built in 2010 Dublin Port's pair of Voith-Schneider propelled 53 bollard tugs Beaufort and Shackleton.
The Port of London last year was confirmed as the largest port in the UK by volumes handled, after a break of over two decades. The port on the River Thames and estuary has installed a state-of-the-art, air traffic control…
Afloat today tracked Anna G the 'feeder' containership at the Port of Felixstowe where also at Britain's biggest box-boat port was another grey-hulled vessel but considerably larger the OOCL Hong Kong which arrived from Singapore, Asia. A major milestone was achieved recently, when the North Sea port passed the 100m TEU mark since it handled its first container in the 1960s.
The 'feeder' containership Anna G which departed Dun Laoghaire Harbour following lengthly repairs was tracked by Afloat having arrived this morning to Felixstowe, the UK's biggest box-boat port, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 101m Anna G (3,992grt) is described as a…
DFDS sale ship pair but lease-back (Lysvik Seaways above) one of the two vessels that carries containers and paper products Afloat adds that are loaded and discharged through the side port loading feature as also seen above on the starboard side.
Danish shipping operator DFDS which operates the Rosslare-Dunkirk 'Brexit-Bypass' ferry route has entered into sale and lease-back agreements for two container/sideport loading ships, writes Jehan Ashmore. The deal took place last month between DFDS and the Finnish shipping firm Godby…

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