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Greening European ports: Only a well-designed maritime EU Emission Trading System (ETS)with dedicated funding will accelerate the greening of the shipping sector.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) recognises the maritime EU Emission Trading System (EU-ETS) can be a powerful mechanism to accelerate the green transition of the sector as European ports continue to support the extension of the ETS to the…
New LNG battery hybrid vessel in traffic at the Port of Gothenburg, Sweden - A newly built ship with special environmental and climate characteristics was christened at the Port of Gothenburg in November 2022. The vessel in question is an LNG/battery hybrid ship that already today meets IMO's 2030 target for shipping's carbon dioxide efficiency.
EU moves to ensure shipping uses low carbon fuels will have a “moderate” but not “dramatic” effect on the Irish economy, according to University of Galway economist Prof Alan Ahearne. As The Sunday Independent reports, research due to be published…
Strike Over at The Port of Liverpool which affected two container terminals, Afloat adds the Royal Seaforth Container Terminal (foreground) and Liverpool2 on the banks of the Mersey.
One of the UK's biggest ports, the Port of Liverpool is where dock workers have announced they have called off a planned strike after reaching a deal on pay. Dockers numbering almost 600 and who are members of the union…
European Sea Ports Organisation has announced that the Barcelona Port Authority is the winner of the ESPO Award for 2022. ESPO represents the seaport authorities of all maritime Member States towards the EU institutions.
This year's winner of the European Sea Ports Organisation's EPSO Award went to the Barcelona Port Authority in recognition of the role of maritime passenger transport in enhancing the city connectivity and bringing added value to the local community. The…
COP27: Shipping action plan launched by International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) at COP27 in response to new research cautioning ‘as many as 800,000seafarers’ due for carbon upskilling by the mid-2030s. The ICS is the principal global trade association for shipowners, representing over 80% of the world merchant fleet with international bodies that impact on shipping.
A new Action Plan, launched at the COP 27 UN organizations held in Egypt, is where shipowners and unions, sets out recommendations to upskill seafarers to meet shipping’s decarbonisation goals. The plan is in response to findings from new research,…
At ESPO’s General Assembly, Zeno D’Agostino was unanimously elected as its new Chair, his predecessor Annaleena Mäkilä chaired the organisation during the last two years.
At the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)'s General Assembly, delegates unanimously elected Zeno D’Agostino as its new chair. Mr D’Agostino is President of Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea since 2015 and has a long-standing career in transport and…
Port of Waterford CEO David Sinnott
David Sinnott who was appointed as CEO at Port of Waterford in August, has commenced his role at the closest Irish Bulk Port to mainland Europe. As Afloat reported this summer, the port, headquartered at Belview Port on the River Suir, is…
The south Wales Port of Milford Haven was among those to receive the first ever British Ports Association (BPA) Awards that took place in Aberdeen. The port in Pembrokeshire won the Ports Sustainability Award with the port recipients: (L-R) Tom Sawyer,CEO, Anna Malloy, Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Manager and Chris Martin, Chairman.
The south Wales Port of Milford Haven has won the Port Sustainability Award at the British Ports Association’s Conference which was held recently in Aberdeen. Recognising ports for their sustainability credentials, the award highlights the Port of Milford Haven’s commitment…
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Irish Lights is hosting Navigating To 2050 – A safe and sustainable maritime future, a two-day hybrid conference bringing together key national and international leaders to debate a safe and sustainable route to 2050.  The event will be held in…
The Alex Hotel in Dublin
The IMDO and the Department of Transport recently hosted a port director's training programme in Dublin. This one-day training took place on last Tuesday 18 October in The Alex Hotel in Dublin city centre and was aimed at promoting the…
Liverpool strike returns: Supply chains are likely to be hit in the UK after talks over pay with Peel Ports fail, and Unite’s Sharon Graham criticises actions by board
At one of the UK’s largest container ports, dock workers in their hundreds are beginning a fresh two-week strike in a dispute over pay, which could further disrupt the country’s supply chains. The union Unite which nearly has 600 members…
The Ocean Challenge, a 62 ton bollard pull FiFi 1 tug is towing the Cyprian container vessel CT Rotterdam to the Port of Waterford
The Cyprian container vessel CT Rotterdam encountered engine problems whilst off the southeast coast of Wexford yesterday afternoon (October 19th). The vessel is currently being towed by Atlantic Towage's Ocean Challenger to the Port of Waterford’s Belview Port Container Terminal facility.…
European Sea Ports Organisation has presented annual ESPO Environmental Report 2022 - EcoPortInsights.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) presented this week its ESPO Annual ESPO Environmental Report 2022 - EcoPortInsights. The ESPO Environmental Report is part of EcoPorts, the environmental flagship initiative of ESPO and this 7th edition of the report is…
Maritime transport produces 13.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions from transport in the EU, according to the European Maritime Transport Environmental Report
Biofuels and ammonia offer alternatives to fossil fuels for Europe’s shipping fleet, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) says. Reports published by EMSA say biofuels could replace conventional fossil fuels without substantial engine modification. Maritime transport produces 13.5% of all…
In a report, studies show that Ireland is an outlier compared to the rest of the EU in regards to trade figures with the UK.
According to the Economic and Social Research Institute (ERSI) the level of trade between the UK and EU has declined since Brexit began. In a new ERSI report using both UK and EU data sources, it estimates that trade from…
Cargo ship docked at an Irish port
The Department of Transport advises that a new online ship radio licence and EPIRB registration system is being implemented as of Monday 17 October. This system replaces the paper form and email application processes and is be available at the…

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