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Local figurative artist Sallyanne Morgan, winner of the Drogheda Port Company Art Commission for 2021 unveiled her unique winning piece titled ‘The Docker’ at the port this week.

Drogheda Port Company were thrilled to announce the return of their annual arts commission back in July 2021 after a short absence. Submissions were invited from local artists, and it was open to any art form or medium for the creation of an internal sculpture or art piece or painting on a maritime or port-based theme. There was a great response with a wide range of excellent submissions and Sallyanne’s sculpture proposal was selected as the winner in September.

Her inspiration for the sculpture came from bygone times in the port of the hardened workmen on the quays physically handling sacks of coal and grains from the ships into the stores. Sallyanne commented ‘I was struck by the number of men that must have passed through over the years, by the loads they carried and how labour intensive it must have been. And so, the sculpture is a small homage to them; all the unknown men who spent their working lives lifting and carrying and making the Port function.’

‘The Docker’ was crafted using ferro-cement, a fibre reinforced cement which Sallyanne directly applied to a clay model. She spent six weeks perfecting this piece, getting every contour, every detail just right to encapsulate the remarkable human element. Sallyanne focuses very much on the female form in her work and enjoyed the challenge of working on the male figure for this commission.

The sculpture sits atop a piece of greenheart timber which was on the quay front on the town quays for many decades, over which many cargoes were imported and exported and many dockers traversed on a daily basis.

It is also very fitting to note that cement continues to be one of the main cargoes exported from the port.

The picture taken at the unveiling depicts the stark contrast of how working ports and the shipping industry has advanced over time, with technology and machinery now replacing human hands of ‘The Docker’.

Nessa Lally on behalf of the port company thanked Sallyanne for a fantastic piece of work which will now add to the growing maritime collection in the port which began over 20 years ago. The piece really exudes the physicality of the work and the men of a bygone era. We also look forward to the 2022 commission which will launch later this year.

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Irish port authorities including Drogheda Port, recently joined together through the Irish Ports Safety Forum in hosting the first Irish Port Safety Week which took place in the first week of from November.

The authorities had come together to ensure, highlight and enhance collective safety responsibility with events hosted under differing themes for each day of the safety week.

With a different theme for each day of the week, Drogheda Port put together a programme to educate and highlight the importance of PPE, traffic management, water safety and fire safety at the port, along with the Golden Rules of Drogheda Port.

“Drogheda Port Company were delighted to play its part in this inaugural Port Safety Week” said Paul Fleming, CE of Drogheda Port Company. “It was an opportunity to work collaboratively to improve safety and performance in the port sector, share experience and knowledge in order to drive continual improvement in eliminating accidents at work”.

With information sheets and fliers circulated every day, help was on hand from the Drogheda Fire Brigade and the Drogheda branch of the Irish Coastguard. Drogheda Fire Brigade attended a Major Port Evacuation Drill on Thursday and Fire Station Officer Mark McLearney along with his team outlined the role of the fire service in attending emergencies and offered real life examples and advice to the port community on how
best to deal and assist in emergency circumstances.

Drogheda’s Irish Coast Guard Unit attended on Friday and ICG Unit Operations Manager Commander Dermot McConneran and his team caried out a full Man Overboard Drill at Tom Roes Point with the attendance of their response RIB.

Captain Martin Donnelly, Harbourmaster of Drogheda Port thanked the emergency services for their attendance and participation at port safety week.
“On behalf of Drogheda Port Company, I would like to express our gratitude to the Drogheda Fire Brigade and the Drogheda Coast Guard for being so generous with their time during Port Safety Week.

Thanks to their demonstrations and talks all in Drogheda Port have learned a lot about the importance of fire safety and water safety at Drogheda Port.”

All at Drogheda Port considered this inaugural Port Safety Week to be a great success and wish to thank all the port users and employees for their participation and in making this week a success.

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Drogheda Port has announced its Annual Arts Commission for 2021 has been awarded to Drogheda born figurative sculptor, Ms Sallyanne Morgan.

Submissions were invited from local artists for an art piece from any art discipline based on a maritime or port-related theme.

Now based in Bettystown, Sallyanne has spent many years abroad, living and working in countries such as Cambodia and more recently Malta. She has worked as a community artist in the NGO 'Common Ground' and 'Respond' housing Association. She also taught ceramics to young adults in Phnom Penh and facilitated a cement workshop in Kathmandu University and had solo exhibitions in Malta and Phnom Penh. Her work currently features in two exhibitions, a joint show in the Seamus Ennis Arts Center in Naul and in The Botanic gardens, "Sculpture in Context". Sallyanne works with fibre-reinforced cement (FRC) or ferro-cement and began using this material as an alternative to clay after leaving technical college. This cement is either directly applied to the metal armature or is cast from a clay model.

For the 2021 Arts Commission, Sallyanne's objective is to capture the human element, and so the sculpture she proposes is a small homage to all the unknown men who spent their working lives lifting and carrying and making the Port function.

'There was a huge response to this year's Commission, with a wide range of excellent submissions making the awarding a difficult choice for the Port. However, in the end, we feel Sallyanne's proposal will make a wonderful contribution to our growing collection. We would like to thank all artists who responded to the invitation, and we look forward to future submissions from these artists.' said Nessa Lally of Drogheda Port Company.

Sallyanne is delighted that the Drogheda Port Company has commissioned one of her sculptures for their collection and she expects to complete the commission by the end of this year.

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Drogheda Port Company are inviting applications for the position of Harbour Master for the Port of Drogheda.

Drogheda Port is the largest commercial regional port in Ireland, handling over 1.5 million tonnes of cargo per annum and over 1000 ship movements.

The Co. Louth port is projecting significant future growth and is embarking on ambitious development plans over the next number of years which will see substantial investment in the port’s infrastructure, handling capacity, technology, and safety systems.

The position of Harbour Master is key to the safe and efficient management of the Port, he\she is a member of the Executive Management Team, reporting to the Chief Executive.

The Harbour Master’s primary operational responsibilities are to ensure the Port’s marine, cargo and estate management activities operate safely and efficiently.

The role requires an in-depth understanding of ship manoeuvering principles over a wide range of vessel types/class within a confined tidal waterway.

Further details can be obtained by emailing: [email protected]

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Drogheda Port Company is getting ready for Brexit. As one of Ireland's leading break bulk ports, Drogheda is announcing two new breakbulk shortsea services as part of a solution for importers and exporters concerned with the impacts of Brexit.

In partnership with Fast Lines Belgium, a new service has already commenced "BEL - EIRE LINES". Bel-Eire Lines is a conventional breakbulk Liner Service connecting the port of Antwerp to the port of Drogheda, shipping goods from an EU port to an EU port. The service will reroute the cargo flows of existing and new customers shipping directly in or out of Ireland avoiding the UK.

The service caters for:

  • all types of breakbulk such as steel products, bagged material, palletized goods
  • cargoes currently trucked via UK land-bridge to Ireland
  • smaller lots difficult to ship as full and complete cargoes
  • project cargo
  • trans-shipment cargo

The service is operated with Fast Lines Belgium's box-shaped short-sea vessel fleet.

A second new service will commence in December linking the port of Nogaro in Italy with the port of Drogheda. This service will also offer a full suite break bulk service linking into the central European rail network.

Mr Paul Fleming Port CEO said, "We are delighted to welcome these new services which will strengthen the strategic importance of Drogheda Port in supporting the Irish Construction Sector and provide a seamless supply chain from Europe to Ireland in a post Brexit trading environment."

Mr Simon Mulvany MD Fast Lines Ireland said "We are always looking for new growth opportunities and as experts in shipping goods in and out of Ireland to the continent these new services will form part of Irelands solution for Brexit. We will be providing an opportunity for existing and new customers to reroute their cargo flows in or out of Ireland."

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Salvors successfully offloaded the last recoverable cargo from the grounded MV Kaami in western Scotland last Thursday, 30 April.

As previously reported on, the MV Kaami ran aground in the Minch between Skye and Lewis on 21 March, just days after leaving Drogheda Port en route for Sweden.

The MV Kaami’s eight Russian crew were rescued within hours of the incident, but the 90m cargo vessel remains at the spot known locally as Eugenie Rock.

Work began last month to remove cargo from the vessel, and divers were able to access the hold to assess any internal damage.

Weather conditions during the early part of last week made it unsafe for the salvors to board the vessel and slowed down the salvage operation.

But more settled weather on Thursday allowed for some 30 tonnes of cargo to be removed and transferred to a landing craft for disposal.

The focus of the salvage operation is now on completing repairs to make the vessel watertight and to allow for it to be refloated.

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Work continues at pace to remove cargo from the MV Kaami which ran aground off Skye in western Scotland after sailing from Drogheda Port last month.

A further 22 skips of cargo were removed yesterday (Monday 20 April), meaning a total of 160 skips worth of cargo have now been taken ashore.

Divers have also now been able to access the hold of the vessel to begin internal damage assessment.

The ship remains aground in the Minch between Skye and Lewis.

Stephan Hennig, the Secretary of State’s Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention, said: “Thanks to good weather and sea conditions, progress is being made swiftly.

“The removal of so much cargo now means we’re getting closer to the next phase of the salvage which will focus on assessing the internal damage and attempting to temporarily repair damaged sections of the ship.”

As previously reported on, an exclusion zone had been stablished around the Nassau-registered cargo ship after it ran aground at Eugenie Rock within days of leaving Drogheda Port on 21 March.

The vessel’s eight Russian crew were rescued from the spot some six nautical miles north-west of Duntulm on Skye.

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An exclusion zone was set up around a cargo ship out of Drogheda that ran aground in Scotland’s Hebrides earlier this week, as it was battered by persisting storm conditions.

As previously reported on, eight crew were airlifted from the MV Kaami on Monday (23 March) after it grounded on a reef known locally as Eugenie Rock, some six nautical miles off the Isle of Skye.

The MV Kaami had left Drogheda Port less than two days previously, en route for Slite in Sweden, with a cargo of refuse-derives fuel (RDF) in pellet form.

The Press and Journal reports that a salvage team arrived on Tuesday (24 March) to inspect the abandoned vessel, while the tug Ievoli Black remained at the scene on guard.

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Eight crew were rescued from a cargo ship out of Drogheda that ran aground off the Isle of Skye in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides early yesterday morning (Monday 23 March).

The MV Kaami had left Drogheda Port on the evening of Saturday 21 March and was due to arrive in Slite, Sweden this weekend.

But the 90m cargo vessel ran aground in The Minch at what’s known locally as Eugenie Rock, about six nautical miles north-west of Duntulm on Skye.

Portree RNLI’s lifeboat was launched at 2.24am yesterday morning in response to a MayDay call from the MV Kaami, as did the Emergency Towing Vessel Ievoli Black and the Pharos, a Northern Lighthouse Board buoy-laying vessel.

The duty Stornoway Coastguard rescue helicopter arrived on scene, where weather conditions has a Force 8 southerly wind with a rough sea state, and began to airlift eight of the Russian crew to Stornoway. No injuries were reported.

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The “Drogheda Sail Training Bursary” was once again highlighted at the Annual Sail Training Ireland Awards Ceremony last week in the Mansion House. The CEO of Sail Training Ireland, Mr. Darragh Sheridan acknowledged the Drogheda bursary scheme as the first of its kind back in 2013, encouraging many other port towns and cities to follow suit. Fast forward seven years and there are 8 of these local bursary schemes operating throughout Ireland in association with the national charity, Sail Training Ireland.

It is true to say pre-2013 Maritime facilities for such opportunities as this in Drogheda were non-existent, so the Drogheda Port Company set out to change that through Sail Training. Since then 140 local teens have been gutsy enough to experience this influential sailing experience that often has a profoundly positive effect on their outlook on life and career choices. Some trainees have progressed to longer voyages on bigger tall ships, while others are now sitting on the Sail Training Ireland Youth Council and even pursuing maritime careers in the Navy. These developments are a testament of how much this Drogheda Sail Training youth development program has grown since its maiden voyage back in 2013.

At last week’s Awards Ceremony, local students, Erin Englishby of Colaiste na Hinse, Bettystown and Ronan Collins of St. Joseph’s C.B.S, Drogheda were both presented with the Perpetual Trophy for ‘Outstanding Trainee’ on their respective voyages in June 2019. Their vessel Captain, Mr. Peter Scallan who presented these awards, described these trainees as valuable, committed leaders who enriched the experience of all onboard. Both students are keen to continue sailing and are hopeful of upskilling on progression voyages later this year.

The continued support of the bursary sponsors is the key driver of this initiative; Irish Cement, Fast Terminals, Louth County Council and Drogheda Port Company make this possible.

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland and internationally for many years, with his work appearing in leading sailing publications on both sides of the Atlantic. He has been a regular sailing columnist for four decades with national newspapers in Dublin, and has had several sailing books published in Ireland, the UK, and the US. An active sailor, he has owned a number of boats ranging from a Mirror dinghy to a Contessa 35 cruiser-racer, and has been directly involved in building and campaigning two offshore racers. His cruising experience ranges from Iceland to Spain as well as the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, and he has raced three times in both the Fastnet and Round Ireland Races, in addition to sailing on two round Ireland records. A member for ten years of the Council of the Irish Yachting Association (now the Irish Sailing Association), he has been writing for, and at times editing, Ireland's national sailing magazine since its earliest version more than forty years ago

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