Ireland News

15 Nov 2019

Brittany Ferries Consortium Buys Condor

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Condor Ferries, an operator of passenger and freight ferry services between UK and France, has been sold to a consortium including the French shipping company Brittany Ferries.Brittany Ferries, in consortium with the Columbia Threadneedle European Sustainable Infrastructure Fund (ESIF), has reached an agreement to acquire 100 percent of Condor Ferries from Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA).Contracts have been signed and the deal is expected to be executed following scrutiny by relevant regulatory authorities.

15 Nov 2019

Stena Line Takes Delivery of New Ferry

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Stena Line took ownership of its newest ferry Stena Estrid following a handover ceremony at the AVIC Weihai Shipyard in north-western China. Stena Estrid is the first of five next generation Stena Line RoPax vessels that are currently being constructed. Stena Estrid will now embark on a six-week journey to its new home on the Irish Sea, where it will begin service on the Dublin to Holyhead route in January 2020.A further two of the new ferries are also destined for the Irish Sea with Stena Edda expected to commence operations from Belfast to Liverpool next spring…

09 Oct 2019

Crown Estate Hosts Round 4 Bid Talks

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The Crown Estate, which acts as manager of the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland, has hosted a Round 4 bidders day to give offshore wind developers further insight into how it will run the 7GW seabed rights auction.More than 130 industry representatives attended a special ‘Bidders Information Day’ held in central London on Wednesday (09 October) on  The Crown Estate’s next round of offshore wind leasing (Round 4).The Bidders Information Day follows the launch of…

27 Sep 2019

EOLOS Gets Capital Injection

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EOLOS Floating Lidar Solutions, a start-up supported by EIT InnoEnergy, has completed a significant capital injection by the entity of the Swiss investment company Prorsum AG.Rajai Aghabi, CEO and founder of EOLOS, describes the capital increase as “a significant closing for EOLOS, allowing the present team the flexibility and capability to both grow and expand globally in the market of turn-key offshore wind data measurement campaigns, not only by strengthening our financial position…

21 Oct 2019

46 Countries Support Torremolinos Declaration

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The Cook Islands and Sao Tome and Principe have become the latest States to become Party to the Cape Town Agreement on fishing vessel safety.These small nations deposited their instruments of accession during the Torremolinos Ministerial Conference on Fishing Vessel Safety and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing (21-23 October).At the same time, they joined 44 other countries (46 in total) signing the Torremolinos Declaration, a non-legally binding political instrument.By signing the Declaration…

23 Oct 2019

Searcher Completes Northern Basins Study

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Searcher Seismic announced the expansion of its modern offshore data library with the completion of its Northern Basins Prospectivity Study in Papua New Guinea.The independent multi-client company providing seismic datasets and associated products to the global oil and gas industry, said that in conjunction with Discover Geoscience, it has compiled the Northern Basins Prospectivity Study following its successful acquisition of the Solomon Sea Broadband Non-Exclusive 2D seismic…

20 Sep 2019

UK Launches Offshore Wind Leasing Round

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The Crown Estate has launched its Round 4 offshore wind leasing competition for the rights to develop at least 7GW of new capacity off England and Wales.The Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) has hailed today’s launch as a major step forward.The Crown Estate, which acts as manager of the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is making four broad areas of seabed available to the market, within which potential developers will have the opportunity to bid for project…

18 Aug 2019

GIS Sells MR Product Tanker Vessel

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Glenda International Shipping (GIS) signed a memorandum of agreement for the sale of MT Glenda Megan, a 47,147 dwt MR product tanker vessel, built in 2009 by Hyundai Mipo, South Korea, for a consideration of US$ 19.0 million.GIS is a joint venture company (JV) of the international marine transportation company operating in the product tanker d’Amico Tankers Ireland (a unit of d’Amico International Shipping S.A.) with the British–Swiss multinational commodity trading and mining company Glencore Group.According to a notification from d’Amico…

16 Sep 2019

Giant Offshore Turbine to be Blown Up

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Ireland-based SSE Renewables, a renewable energy subsidiary of Airtricity, is set to conclude decommissioning of the Hunterston National Offshore Wind Turbine Testing Facility (NOWTTF) by blowing up in a controlled explosion.The 177m-high (580ft) turbine had been used as a test site for offshore wind farms such as the massive Beatrice field in the Outer Moray Firth. The other turbine on the Hunterston site was dismantled by a crane last year."The turbine is scheduled to be brought down by controlled explosion on Thursday 19 September subject to suitable weather conditions…

08 Aug 2019

Ferus Smit Launches Arklow Abbey

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The Arklow Abbey was successfully launched at Shipyard Ferus Smit in Westerbroek, in Netherlands.M.V. Arklow Abbey is the first vessel in a series of six that will be delivered to our client from the city of Arklow, Ireland, said a press release.Designated as newbuild (Nb. 437) the cargoship was christened Arklow Abbey before slipping into the adjacent canal waterway.The design is a bulk oriented general cargo ship that will be mainly employed in the shipment of wheat, corn and…

23 Sep 2019

Shipping Sector Sets Course for Zero Carbon

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Leading ports, banks, oil and shipping companies on Monday launched an initiative which aims to have ships and marine fuels with zero carbon emissions on the high seas by 2030, in another step by the maritime sector to reduce CO2.International shipping accounts for 2.2% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and the U.N.'s International Maritime Organization (IMO), has a long-term goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 2008 levels by 2050.Achieving this target will…

24 Sep 2019

GAC Opens in Ireland

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As part of its European growth strategy, the GAC Group has opened its first office in the Republic of Ireland, providing a wide range of shipping services to vessels at the country’s ports as well as in Northern Ireland.GAC Ireland provides ship agency services at all major Irish ports to a range of customers operating in sectors from tankers and dry cargo to offshore and navy vessels. Through its base in Cobh, near Cork, and the Group’s extensive regional and global network, GAC also offers customers joint agency solutions between Ireland and the UK…

03 Sep 2019

Hapag-Lloyd Splits European Services

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German-based  cargo container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd AG is splitting its Region Europe into northern and southern parts. In doing so, the world’s fifth-largest liner shipping company will remain close to global markets and serve customers from a total of six regions effective immediately.The new Region South Europe, which will have its headquarters in the Italian port city of Genoa, aims to bolster Hapag-Lloyd’s competitive position in the Mediterranean region. It will include Area Italy…

05 Sep 2019

Hapag-Lloyd Splits EU Ops into Two Regions

Hapag-Lloyd CEO Rolf Habben Jansen: developing the organization and ensuring proximity to markets and customers.

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Cargo container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd has is to split its European operations into northern and southern regions. The company said the move was part of its strategy to remain closely connected with international clients. After the reorganization, Hapag-Lloyd will serve its customers from a total of six regions.The new Region South Europe will be headquartered in Genoa, Italy to reinforce the company’s activities in the Mediterranean region. Juan Pablo Richards, previously manager of the company’s operations in Area Brazil…

17 Jun 2019

Bristol Port Upgrades Box Terminal

Port of Bristol, which comprises the commercial, and former commercial, docks situated in and near the city of Bristol in England, announced that its container terminal capacity has been boosted significantly by the completion of a GBP 9 million upgrade.A release from the port authority said that the investment is a further commitment to the ever-expanding container services offered at Avonmouth and Portbury Docks.James Stangroom, Commercial Manager at Bristol Port, said: “This upgrade is designed to further refine our productivity, and to provide considerable extra capacity to handle an increase in container traffic.“Our container services continue to grow…

26 Jul 2019

CSP Zeebrugge Terminal Deploys Navis N4

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The terminal operating systems (TOS) provider Navis announced  that CSP Zeebrugge Terminal, part of COSCO Shipping Ports, has successfully gone live with Navis N4.The unit of Cargotec Corporation and provider of operational technologies and services that unlock greater performance and efficiency for the world’s leading organizations across the shipping supply chain, the terminal connecting European market will use N4 to focus on real-time data sharing and efficiency for better service.The terminal…

24 Jun 2019

17.5 Tons of Cocaine found on Containership

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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)-led multi-agency examination of shipping containers at the Philadelphia seaport netted a historic load of cocaine, the largest cocaine seizure in the 230-year history of U.S. Customs and CBP, with an estimated weight of over 17.5 tons and a street value of about $1.1 billion.During a midstream joint boarding Sunday night, CBP, HSI, and U.S. Coast Guard authorities detected anomalies while examining seven shipping containers aboard the MSC Gayane…

17 Jun 2019

PROPULSION: The OXE Diesel Outboard Arrives

OXE’s gear box eliminates beveled gears and transfer shafts, the weakness found in other outboards and inboards. The commonly used dog clutch system used mainly on outboard systems has been substituted with more sophisticated electro hydraulically operated solution.

Swedish manufacturer Cimco Marine has developed the world’s first 200hp diesel marine outboard – named the OXE Diesel – for maritime security agencies, yacht tenders, municipalities and military applications.As Trace Laborde, Marine Manager for Laborde Products, said, “The OXE diesel is the complete package, a true diesel engine. It’s great for any maritime application that requires fuel efficiency, simple maintenance, compliance with all European and EPA Tier 3 regulations, and unmatched performance.

18 Jun 2019

Further Delay in Barryroe Project Loan

Ireland's offshore Oil and gas company Providence Resources has again pushed back a deadline to receive $9mln of funding from Apec, its farm-in partner in the key Barryroe site off the south west coast.The loan from Barryroe's Chinese backer was due by June 14. It is now due to be received in July 5, the company said."Due to delays associated with internal transaction processing with their investors, APEC have formally requested a further extension of time for the payment of the initial US$ 9 million loan. EXOLA and Lansdowne have agreed to this further extension of the backstop date to no later than July 5, 2019," it said.Subject to receipt of all regulatory consents and required financing, the well-site survey operations are expected to commence Q3 2019.

28 Jun 2019

RTG Cranes Roll at Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor

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For the first time in its nearly 50-year history, Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor welcomed general cargo vessel HC Melina carrying a unique shipment of two, large rubber-tire gantry (RTG) cranes destined for the CSX Intermodal Terminals’ facility in Chicago.Once the 68-piece shipment is fully assembled, the RTG cranes will have a span of eight containers wide and with a hoisting height of one over four containers high. The high-performance equipment will replace two older units at the CSX Intermodal Terminals’ Bedford Park facility…

19 Jul 2019

Riga Port Aims Growth with LNG Move

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The Baltic Sea port, Port of Riga is now offering regular port services for liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered container vessels to reduce the environmental impact of its operations and boost its container throughput."By officially welcoming the new container ship Containerships Polar, the Port has started regular port services to LNG-powered container vessels," said a press note from the Latvia’s major port said.It is planned that the first two 100% LNG-powered vessels Containerships…

02 Aug 2019

Belfast Opens New Cruise Terminal

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Belfast Harbour, the maritime hub in Northern Ireland, said that it has opened the first dedicated cruise terminal on the island of Ireland to cater for Belfast’s growing popularity as a cruise destination.Christened as Cruise Belfast, it is a partnership between Belfast Harbour and Visit Belfast.Belfast Harbour has invested more than GBP500,000 on upgrading the quayside facility which now includes a Visitor Information Centre, part funded by Tourism NI and managed by Visit Belfast.

06 Aug 2019

Titanic Shipyard Files for Insolvency

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The Belfast shipyard Harland and Wolff, the 158-year-old shipyard in Northern Ireland that built the Titanic, is preparing for bankruptcy.The ship building company was put into administration on Monday after its bankrupt Norwegian owner Dolphin Drilling failed to find a buyer and calls for its nationalization were rebuffed.The shipyard has been occupied by workers since last Monday as part of a high-profile campaign to save the yard, which is due to formally cease trading at 5.15pm on Monday.They said on Monday they would block administrators from entering the site.

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