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British Ports Association welcomes guidance issued on Freeports in England, but raises concerns about parity for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. AFLOAT adds of the 8 designated UK Freeports, only one is located on the Irish Sea, the Port of Liverpool (as above).
In the UK, the HM Revenue and Customs have published guidance for ‘Operating a Freeport customs site’, or ‘free zone’ for the eight winning bids in England, which were designated Freeport status last March. The British Ports Association (BPA) has…
Graphic for Atlantic Action Plan workshop Connectivity: Staying Connected For Trade, Tourism And Economic Growth
Embracing connectivity is the theme of the third Pillar I workshop for the Atlantic Action Plan: ports as gateways and hubs for the blue economy. Connectivity: Staying Connected for Trade, Tourism and Economic Growth takes place online on Thursday 16…
Map showing the proposed site of Bremore Port
The Irish Independent reports that a proposed new port for the East Coast has taken another step closer to fruition with the launch of a tender for the team to plan the project. As previously reported on, Drogheda Port…
Floating housing made of upcycled containers which Danish company Urban Rigger believes could be developed in Irish ports
Danish designers have urged Irish ports and local authorities to avail of public waterfronts to tackle the housing crisis. As The Times Ireland reports, Danish company Urban Rigger, which used Lego principles to convert containers into floating homes, says that…
File image of Stena Edda in Liverpool
A cargo vessel skipper who nearly caused a collision with a Stena Line passenger ferry in Belfast Lough has been fined more than £6,000, as BBC News reports. Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard that 64-year-old Kolapi Utime was captain of the…
Cargo ship Ceg Orbit which ran aground on the Isle of Man has been successfully refloated when tugs freed the stricken coaster overnight. The incident, Afloat adds took place close to the island's most northern tip at the Point of Ayre.
On the Manx coast a cargo ship which had ran aground along the island's northern coast has been successfully refloated. The Ceg Orbit, according to Manx Radio, was on a passage in the Irish Sea from Liverpool to Belfast with…
Non-Executive appointments to the board of Warrenpoint Harbour have taken place this month. The above scene in the Co. Down port shows the mix of activity involving merchant ships, fishing vessels and recreational craft.
The appointment of two non-executive members to the board of Warrenpoint Harbour Authority (WHA) has been announced by Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon. Minister Mallon said “I am pleased to announce a first term appointment for Fiona Hanna and a second term…
Covid: As China shuts down partially a major port has led to global supply chain fears.
One of China's biggest cargo ports was partially closed due to coronavirus, has raised fresh concerns about the impact on global trade. Services were shut on Wednesday at a terminal at Ningbo-Zhoushan port after a worker was infected with the…
A freight-ferry providing direct links between Ireland and the EU and where a mafi-trailer is been discharged.
An Irish logistics industry association has called on the Government to subsidise the increased costs hauliers must pay to use viable direct shipping routes to access continental Europe. The recommendation was made by the Freight Transport Association of Ireland (FTAI)…
Liverpool2's second phase includes four new operational cantilever rail-mounted gantry (CRMG)  The majority of the UK and Ireland's population live closer to the port than to Felixstowe, London and Southampton, representing a catchment of over 35 million people. Afloat adds a containership is at the river-berth of the Merseyside container terminal, the UK’s only west-facing deep-sea terminal.
The Port of Liverpool, owned by Peel Ports Group, has welcomed four new operational cantilever rail-mounted gantry (CRMG) cranes opening up an additional 15 acres of yard capacity as part of the £400m Liverpool2 project. As the UK’s only west-facing deep-sea…
The Shipping industry has announced International decarbonisation conference at COP26, Glasgow, Scotland in November. The cross-industry event will bring together leaders in shipping, energy, politics & finance.
Global shipping has announced an unprecedented cross-industry event, to be held during COP26, bringing together leaders in shipping, energy, politics and finance to discuss maritime decarbonisation efforts. The event to be held in Glasgow on 6th November, as part of…
Between April and June, 291,437 RoRo units were handled at Dublin, Cork and Rosslare Europort, just 0.2% less than the same period in 2019
In Q2 2021, Roll/on – Roll/off (or RoRo): RoRo volumes through ports in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) were consistent with those in Q2 2019 (1). Between April and June, 291,437 RoRo units were handled at Dublin, Cork and Rosslare…
File image of Transport Minister Eamon Ryan
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan today (Monday 9 August) participated in the first signature event of India’s UN Security Council presidency and has welcomed the agreement by the Council of a Presidential Statement on maritime security to mark the occasion.…
FILE IMAGE: Peel Ports Groups Liverpool (Terminal 1) where two new new ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes have been installed. A major client is Atlantic Container Line (ACL) linking North America-UK-Europe using the largest ever multipurpose container/ro-ro (con-ro)'s ever built, ACL's  4th generation (G4) class. Among them Atlantic Sky (built 2016/100,430grt) which AFLOAT tracked today docked at the Merseyside port along with BG Emerald, an 'Ireland-Max' containership which BG Freightline (part of the port's group) run feeder services to Belfast, Dublin and Cork with connections to mainland Europe.
Peel Ports Group in the UK has invested in two new ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes for the Port of Liverpool (Terminal 1), which were built by Liebherr Container Cranes Limited and likewise for the Port of Cork's new pair of…
'Blocked' Suez Canal Ship: Ever Given finally arrives to UK where as BBC News reported some 2,000 containers are being unloaded from the Ever Given at Felixstowe. AFLOAT adds the North Sea port on the Suffolk coast is Britain's biggest and busiest 'box'boat port and one of the largest in Europe.  The ship's previous port of call was the Dutch port of Rotterdam and currently the 400m vessel is berthed at the UK port's Trinity Terminal before the vessel's next call is Hamburg in Germany.
Ever Given, the huge container ship that blocked the Suez Canal is being unloaded after it arrived in the UK, reports BBC News. The Ever Given docked at Felixstowe, Suffolk, at 16:30 BST on Tuesday, its first UK visit since…
Above AFLOAT adds is the Irish-flagged cargoship Arklow Fern which highlighted a more sustainable form of transport, when taking wheat by sea, instead of trucks on the road. This involved UK ports group, Associated British Ports with the Arklow Shipping cargoship sailing between ABP's Ports of Ipswich, England and Ayr (as above) in Scotland.
An Irish flagged cargoship, Arklow Fern with a cargo of wheat partly destined for the world-famous Scotch whisky industry, recently made a coastal passage between two ports operated by Associated British Ports. On board the 2010 Spanish built Arklow Fern…

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