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Irish Ports See Volume Growth in 2010 with Slower Recovery Forecast for 2011
Ports & Shipping
After the record collapse of shipping volumes in 2009, the Irish Ports and Shipping sector saw a return to growth across most of the principle segments last year, according to the latest annual edition of the Irish Maritime Transport Economist,…
Cargoship to Attempt Second Ferry-Lift
Ports & Shipping
The heavy lift cargoship Thor Gitta is due to make a second attempt to load two former Aran Islands fast ferries in Galway Docks tomorrow morning, writes Jehan Ashmore. It is envisaged that the operation to hoist the sisters, Clann…
Inspection of Refloated Ship in Galway Bay Under Way
Ports & Shipping
Marine surveyors are currently inspecting the German cargo ship which was refloated yesterday in Galway Bay after running aground early on Thursday. The Irish Coast Guard confirmed to The Irish Times that no pollution had occurred in the grounding of…
Coveney Welcomes Refloating of Ship at Rossaveal
Ports & Shipping
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, today welcomed the successful refloating of the Pantanal in Galway Bay this morning. Minister Coveney paid tribute to all those involved in what he described as "a very successful…
Coveney in Ros an Mhil to Support Effort to Refloat Grounded Ship
Ports & Shipping
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, is today travelling to Ros an Mhíl to see for himself the operation underway to attempt to refloat the large merchant vessel which ran aground in the harbour early…
Heavy Cargo-Liftship Runs Aground at Rossaveal
Ports & Shipping
A 7,837 tonnes heavy cargo-liftship Pantanal which was to collect two former Aran Island fast ferries, ran aground this morning in rough seas off Rossaveal, according to RTE.ie The Danish-owned vessel got into difficulties around 06.00 when it ran aground…
Reporting Inadequate Facilities for Handing Ship-Generated Waste
Ports & Shipping
The Department of Transport's latest marine notice lays out the format for reporting inadequate harbour facilities for handling ship-generated waste. Shipping companies depend on good standards at receiving ports and harbours in order to comply with the relevant EU directive.…
Germanischer Lloyd Award to Maritime Management
Ports & Shipping
The Co. Wicklow based Maritime Management has been awarded the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accreditation by the international accreditation body Germanischer Lloyd. The award to Maritime Management marks the company as a unique provider of ship management services basedin…
World's Largest Kite-Powered Vessel On The Way
Ports & Shipping
Cargill Ocean Transportation has signed on with an innovative new company to launch the world's largest ever kite-propelled vessel. The Hamburg-based company SkySails claims its technology can generate enough propulsion to reduce fuel consumption by up to 35% in ideal…
French Navy to Visit Dublin's St. Patrick's Festival
Ports & Shipping
Two vessels from the French Navy based in the Breton naval port of Brest, are to make a four-day visit to Dublin Port during the course of St. Patrick's Day festivities. The minehunter CMT Cassiopée (M642) and mine-route survey craft…
German Navy Cancel St. Patrick's Weekend Visit due to Libyan Crisis
Ports & Shipping
A courtesy call to Dublin of a German Navy task force group over the St. Patrick's weekend has been cancelled due to humanitarian relief operations off Libya, writes Jehan Ashmore. The task force comprising of two frigates FGS Brandenburg (F…
New Life for Bremore Port Development
Ports & Shipping
Drogheda's port company has redrafted its plan to develop a €300 million deepwater harbour in north Dublin. The semi-State Drogheda Port Company previously failed to get approval from then Transport Minister Noel Dempsey when it first submitted proposals for the…
BoI Shipping Loans Prime Asset for Euro Bank Purchase
Ports & Shipping
Bank of Ireland's €1.4bn shipping loan and maritime business is now being targeted by potential buyers. The Irish Independent reports that Spanish banking group Santander is interested in "cherry-picking" prime assets from Ireland's faltering financial institutions. Santander has already paid…
Former WW II Oil-Tanker Lays Cables Across Cork Harbour
Ports & Shipping
A rather obscure-looking vessel  that once served as a oil-tanker during World War II and  which managed to stave off successfully an enemy U-Boat attack, arrived into the Port of Cork yesterday, writes Jehan Ashmore. The vessel, the Henry P…
HMS Cumberland Returns to Libya On Evacuation Mission
Ports & Shipping
The Royal Naval frigate HMS Cumberland (F85) departed Malta today, to conduct a second evacuation mission of stranded nationals in Libya. In the early hours of this morning, HMS Cumberland had arrived into the Grand Harbour, Valetta, Malta with 207…
New Rail-Head Extension for Dublin Port
Ports & Shipping
The Dublin Port Company has approved for the railway extension of the existing track tramway on Alexandra Road in order to serve one of the port's Lo-Lo container terminals, writes Jehan Ashmore. The new extension is to directly connect rail-freight…

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