DFDS launches new unaccompanied freight service from Sheerness to Calais

The service will start on 1st June and will offer one daily sailing in each direction between the two ports.

It will be operated by the Gothia Seaways, which can carry up to 165 unaccompanied freight units (trailers or containers without drivers).

The port of Sheerness, part of Peel Ports Group London Medway cluster, is located in northern Kent and operates 24 hours a day and is fully open/accessible seven days a week. This flexibility offers our customers congestion free access to drop and collect trailers, with no standage charges applied for the first 48 hours.

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Pollution from mining and damage by fisheries may have helped to eliminate 92% of UK seagrasses

Seagrass meadows are believed to be retreating around 7% per year globally, according to the most recent seagrass census.

Seagrasses play a large role in regulating ocean environments, storing more than twice as much carbon from planet-warming carbon dioxide (CO2) per square mile as forests do on land.

Pollution from mining and damage by fisheries may have helped to eliminate 92% of mainland Britain’s seagrasses in over a century, according to a March 4 study in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science.

If still intact, these could have supported around 400 million fish and stored up to 11.5 million tonnes of carbon — equivalent to 3% of Britain’s CO2 emissions in 2017, the study said.

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X Shore, ‘Tesla of electric boats’ maps UK launch this summer

X Shore | 100% Electric Boats, a Swedish brand driving the future of electric, connected and sustainable boating, has just announced a €15 million (£13 million approx.) round of funding backed by a group of investors in the e-mobility, sustainability, and electrification space.

The company plans to bring Eelex 8000 to the UK for the first time this summer. The launch will depend on the easing of pandemic-related travel restrictions – for test drives and to explore the UK market’s appetite.

Working at the intersection of technology and boats, X Shore built the Eelex 8000 to be entirely connected and sustainable. The Eelex 8000 features a number of innovations, including its proprietary mobile and smartwatch app, which unlocks and turns on the boat when in range, smart overboard detection, geo-fencing software, autopilot, and innovative design.

Using cork instead of teak, and recycled plastics, as well as optional Flax fibre instead of fibreglass and carbon fibre, X Shore designed its boats to support a cleaner environment.

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Worth A look! A stunning sailing ship, ‘The Golden Horizon’ tours the West coast this summer

The Golden Horizon, run by Tradewind Voyages, is a staggering 162m long, with a width of around 18.5m

The ship is the world’s largest square-rigged sailing vessel and a near-replica of the 1913 ocean vessel, France II.

Retaining the charm, adventure and romance of an historic ship, the Golden Horizon offers adventure-seekers a unique sailing experience with luxurious and elegant interior, including a restaurant, piano bar and spa.


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Excavation – Preservation – Conservation

Grant Funding to Protect Rare Bronze Age Log Boats at Flag Fen in Peterborough

Historic England has awarded a grant of £73,261 to ensure the conservation and protection of rare Bronze Age log boats at Flag Fen in Cambridgeshire.

In order to ensure the long-term protection of this important aspect of our national culture, Historic England has stepped in with grant funding for a three-year project to develop the conservation and preservation of the log boats. Match funding of £48,854 has been provided by Peterborough City Council. The conservation work will be led by York Archaeological Trust.

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Oysters Improve Health of Coastal Waters

A project to return native oysters to the UK in a bid to improve the health of coastal waters will start growing thousands of the shellfish beneath harbour pontoons.

Ecologists consider oysters to be “ocean superheroes” for their ability to filter sediment, nitrates and other pollutants from the seas.

Nitrate-based fertilisers can end up in the sea as a result of run-off from farmland or sewage spills, causing algal blooms that deprive the water of vital oxygen.

A mature oyster can filter up to 200 litres of water a day, but native oysters are on the brink of extinction, with numbers declining 95% since the 1800s.

Around 4,000 mature oysters will be installed in six harbours across the North East of England, Wales and Scotland as part of the Wild Oyster Project.

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The Crown and The Celtic Sea

The Crown Estate has announced that it is commencing work to design and deliver a new leasing opportunity for early commercial-scale floating wind projects in the Celtic Sea. 

The leasing process will focus on projects of circa 300MW in scale – up to 3 times larger than any rights previously awarded to floating wind in the UK – demonstrating a new frontier for the sector and an important step towards the Government’s ambition to deliver 1 GW of floating wind by 2030. 

The news follows The Crown Estate’s invitation to the market, in December 2020, to come forward with views on how best to accelerate the development of floating wind in the UK, including welcoming feedback on the potential scale and location of future rights and the best route to help build the related supply chain.  

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‘Red-Hot’ Demand for UK Cruise Ports

Days after the announcements of resumed cruising in the UK and several cruise lines redeploying their ships to England for UK coastal sailings, major British cruise ports are struggling to cope with the demand from cruise lines.

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Trawl Fishing Ban off Sussex Coast Aims to Restore Seaweed Forests

Damaging trawl fishing has been banned in more than 100 square miles of seabed off Sussex to help once vast kelp forests recover.

A new bylaw has been approved to prohibit trawling year-round over large areas along the entire Sussex coast closest to the shore, to help habitats regenerate and improve fisheries, Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) said.

Wildlife groups hope that the move, which they said will protect 117 square miles (304 square kilometres) of coastal seabed, will help with “rewilding” the sea by allowing the underwater seaweed forests to regenerate.

It follows a campaign to protect kelp, supported by Sir David Attenborough, who has described the approval of the new bylaw as a “landmark decision” for the management of UK coastal waters.

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North Sea Transition Deal

The UK government has announced a North Sea Transition Deal with industry, aiming to support high-skilled oil and gas workers and the supply chain in the transition to a low carbon future.

The sector deal between the UK government and oil and gas industry will support workers, businesses, and the supply chain through this transition by harnessing the industry’s existing capabilities, infrastructure and private investment potential to exploit new and emerging technologies such as offshore wind, hydrogen production, Carbon Capture Usage and Storage, and decommissioning.

Through the deal, the oil and gas sector, largely based in Scotland and the North East, government and trade unions will work together over the next decade and beyond with the aim to deliver the skills, innovations and new infrastructure required to decarbonise North Sea production.

Extracting oil and gas on the UK Continental Shelf is directly responsible for around 3.5% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. Through the package of measures, the Deal is expected to cut pollution by up to 60 million tonnes by 2030 including 15 million tonnes from oil and gas production on the UK Continental Shelf – the equivalent of annual emissions from 90% of the UK’s homes – while supporting up to 40,000 jobs across the supply chain.

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