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Russian vessels will be denied entry into Irish ports after this Saturday 16 April on the foot of sanctions from the European Union amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. As the latest Marine Notice from the Department of Transport outlines,…
Record-results: Five gantry cranes deployed at the Port of Liverpool, which handled the containership MSC Hong Kong earlier this week
At the Port of Liverpool, one of the UK’s largest port operators, the Peel Ports Group have announced a number of record-breaking achievements across its container terminals division. The Irish Sea port safely handled a total of 52,300 containers (89,400…
 A European ports group first, as ABP's Port of Southampton (Marine Pilot) using the eMPX software.
The first ports group in Europe, Associated British Ports (ABP) is to use a new digital Master Pilot Exchange programme developed by Ports of Auckland, eMPX, simplifying the current process. Already in use at ports in Australia and New Zealand,…
Motorways of the Sea (MoS) connects EU ports among them, Dublin Port-Cherbourg route, an important freight trade route linking Ireland and France. Above a freight/passenger (ropax) ferry and behind a conventional passenger ferry also berthed at the French north-west Port in Normandy.
The overall Motorways of the Sea (MoS) framework, that involve ports and maritime links across the Atlantic Arc, in particular Ireland and north-west France (Dublin Port-Cherbourg), have an increasingly important role in keeping Ireland connected to the single market. It is…
British Ports Association says (UK Government) proposal in response to outrage over P&O Ferries’ sacking of 800 workers has been called ‘unworkable’. Above AFLOAT adds is a file photo of P&O Ferries ropax Norbay in a lock in the Port of Liverpool from where sailings linking Dublin Port resumed on the 19th March (but not to a full four-ship service) as the ropax since St. Patrick's Day, remains tied-up in the Merseyside port's Gladstone Branch Dock No.2
The ports industry in the UK has described as “unworkable” ministers’ plans to ask port operators to block ferries with crews paid less than the minimum wage, the government’s signature policy response to outrage over the sacking of 800 workers…
The ESPO Conference will take place this year in Spain and hosted by the Port of Valencia at the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum
The Annual Conference of the European Sea Port Organisation (ESPO) is heading to the Port of Valencia, Spain where the theme of this 18th edition of the conference is “Empowering Europe’s ports”. The two day conference takes place on 2…
Protesters blocked the entrance to the Port of Liverpool. According to the National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers (RMT) demonstrations also took place in Cairnryan and Dover and will continue in Larne tomorrow, Friday and at Dover, Hull and Liverpool on Saturday.
Protestors at the Port of Liverpool against P&O Ferries' decision to sack 800 seafaring workers have been moved by police from the entrance of the Merseyside port. About 40 demonstrators blocked the road leading to the port, where P&O operates…
Rosslare Europort is featuring more heavily in Irish companies’ trade with continental Europe since Brexit with currently 36 ro-ro weekly sailings available. Above a recent scene at the Wexford port with Stena Horizon (Cherbourg route) MV Visborg (DFDS route to Dunkirk) and freight-only Seatruck Panorama (Afloat adds on charter to Stena's France route). All ferries were preparing to sail to the continent.
Companies in Ireland are using up to 20 new trade routes to get goods to continental Europe in the wake of Brexit, according to the head of business lobby group Chambers Ireland. Ian Talbot said businesses here were increasingly avoiding…
Peel Ports, a major UK port group (incl. Liverpool) was recognised with a prestigious industry award for its approach to the UK Government’s Maritime 2050 strategy.
Peel Ports Group, one of the UK’s largest port operators, has won the Maritime UK award for seizing opportunities presented within the UK Government’s strategy for the sector - including its commitment to become a net zero port operator by…
The European Sea Port Organisation (ESPO) Award theme is “Role of maritime passenger transport in enhancing the city connectivity and bringing added value to the local community”.
The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Award on Social Integration of Ports is entering its 14th edition, with the theme “Role of maritime passenger transport in enhancing the city connectivity and bringing added value to the local community”. Ports in…
Pharma boost exports: A containership in Dublin Port being loaded with goods for export. The containership Afloat adds is the CT Rotterdam berthed at one of three container terminals located in the port.
According to the Central Statistics Office, the value of goods exports from the Republic rose by €2.2 billion (+16 per cent) to €15.5 billion in January. The increase was driven by exports of medical and pharmaceutical products, which rose by…
Rotor Sails: CLdN, the Luxembourg based short-sea ro-ro freight operator is to install two tilting Rotor Sails to potentially reduce emissions by 7-10% on board the 2018-built MV Delphine which is the largest short sea RoRo vessel operating in the world. The ship when introduced in 2018 had served on the Dublin-Zeebrugge/Rotterdam routes along with sister Celine in additon Afloat adds to other ships within the CLdN fleet serving north-west Europe.
CLdN, the logistics specialist for road, sea and rail is to install two tilting Rotor Sails on board a 2018-built ro-ro vessel, the MV Delphine which is the largest short sea RoRo vessel operating in the world. The MV Delphine,…
STI Clapham in Amsterdam in 2018
Virgin Media News is reporting that a number of Dublin Port workers from central and eastern Europe are refusing “point blank” to unload a ship carrying Russian diesel. The STI Clapham arrived in the capital last night (Sunday 13 March)…
 Women participating in ESPO Committees meetings increases
For the second year in a row, the overall number of women participating in the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Committees meetings has increased. In 2021, taking all technical committees together, women represented 38,87% of the port professionals who attended…
File image of a ship moored dockside at Dublin Port
The iShip Index outlining trends within Ireland’s shipping industry grew by 5% in 2021, the Irish Maritime Development Office says. The IMDO’s iShip Index is a quarterly weighted indicator that accounts for five separate market segments, representing the main maritime traffic…
Dublin Port. Irish businesses are seeking to reduce their dependency on the UK market amid concerns about the imposition of further Brexit-related checks or red-tape measures, according to Grant Thornton Ireland’s latest international business report.
Businesses in Ireland are seeking to reduce their dependency on the UK market amid concerns about the imposition of further Brexit-related checks or red-tape measures, according to Grant Thornton Ireland’s latest international business report. The survey of 62 mid-size Irish…

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