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#portofcork – The Port of Cork will invest over €1.5 million in upgrading facilities at Cobh Cruise liner Terminal, Ireland's only dedicated cruise berth, with the installation of a number of high load mooring bollards at the east and west end of the Cobh Cruise Berth which will enable larger ships to be berthed.

The work which will commence before the end of January is expected to be completed by April 2015 in time to welcome the first cruise call on 24th April. In total, 55 cruise liners are scheduled to call to Cork in 2015, 10 of which are maiden calls and 20 of which will be carrying in excess of 3,000 passengers.

Speaking about the upgrades, Captain Michael McCarthy said "The Port of Cork Company is committed to developing the cruise business into Cork and these upgrades of our cruise berth in Cobh will enable us to accommodate 'Quantum Class' vessels which are the largest cruise liners currently operating in Europe. The global trend in the cruise industry is changing from smaller, high end ships to large 'mega ships' such the 'Quantum Class' vessels which can carry in excess of 4,000 passengers.

"Attracting these 'mega ships' to Cobh would be a huge advantage, not only for the Port but for the entire Cork region. We know that the cruise industry is worth between €13 and €14 million annually to Cork alone so there are some major opportunities for the tourist industry to capitalise on this."

During the initial period of construction, there will be some temporary changes to parking at the east end of the Five Foot Way car park in Cobh and some limitations for pedestrian access. However the Port of Cork will ensure that any disruption is minimised and appreciates the understanding and co-operation from car park users whilst construction is underway.

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#dublinport – Dublin Port Company marked the end of a successful cruise season for 2014 as the final cruise liner to visit Dublin this year, the "Boudicca", docked in Dublin Port early on Saturday morning. Cruise liners carrying over 135,000 passengers and crew to Ireland's capital city generated a major economic boost of €50 million during 2014.

"Boudicca" sailed in to Dublin Port at 9.30am having departed Liverpool the previous evening. Carrying over 1,200 passengers and crew, this was the 205 metre ship's fourth 'mini cruise' to Dublin this month. Her arrival in December highlights how Dublin Port's cruise season has been extended by an additional two months, bringing high-spend visitors and revenue to the city at a key trading period. The "Boudicca" passengers represent a more independent cruise traveller looking to experience the sights and sounds of the capital in the run up to Christmas.

Passengers were welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke, amidst a Winter Wonderland scene created on the quayside, before departing for the city's sights, shops and eateries.

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke, said: "I am honoured to welcome the 1,200 cruise passengers who arrived in Dublin Port full of eager anticipation about their visit to the city. Dublin is a truly vibrant destination with a wealth of culture and cuisine, attractions and entertainment to offer passengers. I congratulate Dublin Port Company on its tremendous work to promote and cater for cruise tourism to Dublin. I am confident that Dublin has great potential to grow as a cruise destination and benefit the city's businesses even further."

Mr. Pat Ward, Head of Corporate Services, Dublin Port Company said: "This ship brings over 1,200 passengers and a welcome boost to Dublin just before Christmas, marking the end of a thriving cruise season at Dublin Port. Cruise is an important part of Dublin's tourism product and Dublin Port Company has worked hard to attract this valuable business to the city. The arrival of Winter cruises is a clear example of changing passenger patterns and demand for Dublin as Ireland's top cruise destination."

"It is essential that Dublin Port Company continues to facilitate passenger demand so that Dublin remains the port of choice for cruise. We are committed to investing in the necessary port infrastructure to achieve this, such as longer, deeper berths envisaged under our ABR Project. This type of investment will allow Dublin to flourish, giving larger ships, including cruise liners, the modern facilities they need to dock within striking distance of the city."

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#dlharbour – Dun Laoghaire Harbour CEO Gerry Dunne say there is a  great opportunity for Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Dublin Port to work collaboratively on Dublin Bay to emulate the success of Danish capital, Copenhagen in attracting approximately 500,000 cruise visitors per year, which would represent a quadrupling of visitor numbers coming to Dublin Bay in 2015.

In 2011, the Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group was formed to bring together various stakeholders with an interest in developing cruise business for the greater Dun Laoghaire area . This stakeholder group includes Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Dun Laoghaire Business Improvement District [BID]

The Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group engaged in a vigorous marketing campaign, particularly in the United States, to enable Dun Laoghaire to tap into this growing market.

Dun Laoghaire welcomed two cruise calls in 2012 with 140 passengers onboard. Last year saw 13 cruise vessels use the facilities at Dun Laoghaire, with the highlight of the season being the visits of Cunard's Queen Mary II and Queen Victoria.

"Since 2012, due to the attractiveness of Dun Laoghaire and its wonderful harbour, the number of cruise bookings has grown exponentially and 2015 will be the most successful year ever for Dun Laoghaire in terms of attracting cruise passengers to the harbour.", according to Gerry Dunne, CEO of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company. 23 cruise vessels have been confirmed to visit Dun Laoghaire in 2015.

The size of these ships is such that they will bring a record 66,867 passengers. With Dublin Port expecting to attract 60,751 cruise passengers, it will be a record year for Dublin Bay. 2015 will be the first year where the number of cruise passengers landing in Dun Laoghaire will exceed those landing in Dublin Port," Mr. Dunne said.

"The great opportunity for Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Dublin Port is to work collaboratively to emulate the success of Copenhagen in attracting approximately 500,000 cruise visitors per year, which would represent a quadrupling of visitor numbers coming to Dublin Bay in 2015", Mr. Dunne added.

"Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company will be working with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Dun Laoghaire's Business Improvement District to ensure that cruise passengers have a memorable visit to the town and are encouraged to return again, providing a valuable source of business for retail outlets and restaurants, which will deliver a huge economic boost for the town and its hinterland."

"Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is currently finalising an application to An Bord Pleanala under Strategic Infrastructure Development to build a new €15m cruise berth facility to cater for the "next generation cruise ships".

"The development of the cruise business is a key element of the Dun Laoghaire Habour Masterplan published in 2011 and is consistent with the role set out for the Habour in the government's National Ports Policy, which sees Dun Laoghaire Harbour developing as a marine leisure and tourist destination of international calibre" Mr. Dunne said.

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#portofcork – Cobh Confraternity Brass and Reed Band were in Cobh today tuning up ahead of the Port of Cork’s busy cruise–liner season. The band plays on the quayside for every cruise vessel, which gives the passengers a fond farewell on the quayside and lasting memory of their visit. This year the Port of Cork will welcome 54 cruise ships to the port and despite the number of calls being slightly lower than 2013, the cruise vessels calling in 2014 are larger and have higher passenger volumes. The trend in the cruise sector is to replace smaller less efficient vessels with larger more efficient ones and in 2014 the Port of Cork anticipates 108,000 passengers and 30,000 crew will visit the Cork region.

The Port of Cork has two main objectives over the next five years, to grow the number of cruise calls and increase turn-around calls and overnight stays. The Port of Cork is also aiming to handle the new Quantum Class vessels of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and to this affect it is committed to investing in upgrading the current cruise facilities in Cobh. These ultra large and modern vessels carry almost 5,000 passengers and no other Port in Ireland will be able to dock these vessels, giving Cork a greater advantage when attracting new calls. Even though the cost of upgrading the current facility in Cobh is very significant, the Port of Cork is committed to the cruise sector due to its considerable financial benefit to the local economy and the Munster region in general.

Speaking about the 2014 Cruise Season, Commercial Manager at the Port of Cork, Captain Michael McCarthy said: “We have 54 cruise liners calling in 2014 which will bring another welcome boost by injecting an estimated €15 million into the local economy. Of these calls, three are maiden calls including Princess Cruise’s newest ship, MV Royal Princess, carrying 3,500 passengers. This cruise vessel is 330 metres in length (over 3 times the length of Thomond Park) and this is the size and style of ship we hope to continue to attract to Cobh. With 15 vessels of a similar size scheduled for 2015 already, the Port is committed to investing in the upgrade of our current facilities in Cobh and assessing the requirement of additional facilities as the cruise sector expands.”

He continued: “This year we also delighted to have Cunard’s Queen Victoria in Cobh and on the same day, Princess Cruise’s Ruby Princess will be in Ringaskiddy bringing a total of over 5,000 cruise passengers to the area in one day.”

MV Legend of the Seas will arrive at Cobh Cruise Berth on Saturday 26th April 2014 at 8am and will depart at 6pm.

 

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#dublinport – Dublin Port Company has lodged a planning application with An Bord Pleanála for its Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR) Project. The application is being made under the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act and follows a twelve month consultation with industry, government, customer and community stakeholders. Local information centres will be open over the coming weeks with details of the proposal plans on view.

The ABR Project involves an application to An Bord Pleanála for permission for phased redevelopment work on some of Dublin Port's existing infrastructure. Some 42% of Dublin Port's berths (3km of the port's 7km) will be lengthened and deepened and the 10km channel from Dublin Bay to the East Link Bridge will be deepened. It is the first large scale project under Dublin Port Company's Masterplan 2012-2040, a framework for the future development of Dublin Port with reference to economic and trade developments set in the context of EU, national, regional and local development plan policies.

The ABR Project will cost an estimated €200 million and Dublin Port Company has the financial resources to fund the project. The engineering works will take place on a phased basis and are expected to take five years to complete, supporting some 200 construction related jobs in the process. It is further estimated that the growth in volumes which the project will facilitate will result in 320 jobs being created annually between 2012 and 2040.

Commenting on the application for Dublin Port Company's Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR) Project, Eamonn O'Reilly, Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company said, "Dublin Port Company's ABR Project will give us the infrastructure, capacity and versatility needed to futureproof Dublin Port, catering for larger sized vessels and increased trade volumes as Ireland returns to economic growth. Dublin Port Company is committed to carrying out this project within our current footprint, re-developing and utilising existing port lands in the most efficient way possible, while financing the project from our own resources.

"We have engaged with Government, business and industry stakeholders, customers and local communities over the past year to help shape today's planning application. The public can view the proposal in detail, meet members of the project team at public information days from 25th – 27th March and learn about all aspects of the project over the coming weeks", he added.

Submissions or observations on the application may be made to An Bord Pleanála at 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, by 7th May 2014.

The project comprises engineering redevelopment works in the Alexandra Basin and in the Berth 52/53 Basin. Some of the proposed development works will include*:

Proposed Purpose

ALEXANDRA BASIN

Deepening and reconfiguration of quay walls at North Wall Quay Extension (937m total length), including the relocation of the North Wall lighthouse.

 Extension of Alexandra Quay (130m).

 Rebuilding of existing, life expired quay walls in the remainder of the Alexandra Basin West (aggregate length of 1,200m).

 New 273m long Ro-Ro jetty with Ro-Ro berths on either side.

To increase Dublin Port's berth capacities using the port's existing footprint so as to accommodate larger freight and passenger ships at multi-purpose berths.

 The multi-purpose berths will cater for a range of uses, including freight and cruise.

BERTHS 52/53

 Construction of a new 300m river berth at Berth 52/53 and two new mooring jetties.

 To provide the port with two river berths for the largest future Ro-Ro ships.

DEEPENING THE PORT

Dredging of the Liffey Channel and approach to the port to a depth of -10m (Chart Datum) from east of the East Link Bridge to the Dublin Bay Buoy, a distance of about 10km in total.

 To provide a deeper channel for larger vessels including, ferry and cruise ships.

 

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#atlanticalliance – The ATLANTIC ALLIANCE is a marketing project of 18 ports along Europe's West coast between Hamburg and Lisbon, including Britain and now an Irish port. The project highlights to cruise companies that there is in Europe an attractive alternative to the Mediterranean and Baltic. The multifaceted character and diversity of the Atlantic Alliance members offer a versatile portfolio of cruise content for the cruise companies.

Hamburg, 23rd of September 2013. The Atlantic Alliance is delighted to welcome the Port of Cork to the association. With the addition of Cork, the first Irish port to join the Alliance, the marketing project now covers in total eight countries. "The Alliance is proud to extend the region by aiming towards establishing a Euro-Atlantic destination on its own", says Nadine Palatz, Manager Atlantic Alliance.

Cork represents a key strategic member in terms of the implementation of the new EU sulphur directive which is due to come into effect in 2015. Within a North Sea context, this gives Cork an advantage for future cruise calls.

Port of Cork is on the South Coast of Ireland and makes the Euro-Atlantic picture more complete, as marketed by the Atlantic Alliance.

"Cork is home to some of Ireland's most famous tourist attractions such as Blarney Castle and Jameson Whiskey Distillery and also serves as a convenient gateway for visiting the many picturesque towns and sights of West Cork, Waterford and Killarney. We are delighted to be joining Atlantic Alliance in promoting Cork as a 'must see' destination on Ireland's south coast" commented Captain Michael McCarthy, Commercial Manager, Port of Cork Company.

The Port of Cork is home to Ireland's only dedicated cruise berth in Cobh and will have welcomed a total of 61 cruise vessels carrying over 100,000 passengers and crew by the end of the 2013 season. This is up from 35 calls in 2005 and the Port of Cork has ambitions to grow the number of cruise calls to 80 over the next five years and to increase turn-around calls and overnight stays.

All cruise vessels that call to Cork are given a very special welcome courtesy of Cork Cruise, providing tourist representatives who go on board each vessel, a display of traditional Irish dancing for passengers and a fond farewell on the quayside with a performance by a local brass band. These efforts do not go unnoticed by the passengers and the cruise lines and in 2011 the Port of Cork was awarded two Cruise Insight Awards for 'Best Shore Side Welcome' and 'Best Tour Guides'.

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#cruiseliner – The cruise ship Corinthian is an early cruise caller to Dun Laoghaire harbour this morning, another arrival to the South Dublin Harbour, just 12 hours after the departure of the prestigious Queen Elizabeth.

This private yacht-like cruise ship (a sister of the Sea Explorer) was escorted in to the harbour by the Dublin Port Pilot Vessel, Dodder.

The 1990–built passenger vessel has berthed inside the harbour walls, at the East Pier, shortly after 7am, unlike yesterday's visit by MS Queen Elizabeth where the 294–metre ship anchored approximately one kilometre to the south of the harbour in Scotsman's Bay.

From the Adventure life website, Corinthian is described as as a 'Luxury Expedition Ship' and its itineraries include trips to Antarctica, Patagonia and other exotic locations. Check it out here.

The ship accommodates only 100 guests in 50 suites, each of which affords sea views.

At 88–metres in length, the Corinthian, on overnight passage from Oban in Scotland, is a much smaller ship so her alongside harbour berth at the town band–stand dispenses with the need for tendering of passengers ashore.

In the last week of July, issues concerning tendering permits led to the relocation of the MV Cruise Ship Oriana from Dun Laoghaire to nearby Dublin Port, the main cruise–liner destination in the Capital.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company has applied for permission to build a new harbour quay to faciltitate ships, mainly to cater for visiting cruise liners, up to 340 metres within the harbour walls. 

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#cruiseliner – Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC) is seeking to build a new quay inside the east coast harbour to facilitate to cater for a growing number of cruise liners calling to the capital's waters.

DLHC announced this morning it is working with the Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group to 'engage in an energetic marketing campaign to enable Dún Laoghaire to tap into the lucrative cruise market' coming to Dublin Bay.

Nearby Dublin Port handles the vast bulk of cruise liner traffic into Dublin and it also has plans to develop Dublin Harbour to cater for the massive vessels. In 2011, it announced plans for a new cruise terminal at the city centre port.

As part of the Stakeholder Group work, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company has initiated a pre-application consultation with An Bord Pleanála under Section 37 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, in regard to proposals for the construction of a new quay in Dún Laoghaire Harbour to cater for vessels of up to c.340m long. This, says DLHC, will ensure that the harbour is also capable of catering for the 'new generation' of larger cruise vessels.

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#queenelizabeth – Cunard's Cruise liner Queen Elizabeth, the sister ship to the Queen Mary II that visited in May, is berthed off Dun Laoghaire this morning. Passengers began  disembarking shortly after 7am by tender to come ashore to see the sights of the Capital on a stunning morning on Dublin Bay. 

Afloat.ie's Jehan Ashmore was one of the first on board the ship this morning that is decorated in an art deco style, reminiscent of 1930s ocean liners and will be reporting back on a tour of the ship later today.

Dún Laoghaire is the fifth port of call for the Queen Elizabeth since it set sail from Southampton a week ago on a 10-day cruise of Britain and Ireland.

The ship belongs to the world-famous Cunard Line.

Speaking after the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth, CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, Gerry Dunne, said: "The iconic Queen Mary 2 visited Dún Laoghaire in May and, today, we are delighted to welcome her sister ship, the Queen Elizabeth. It is a tremendous boost for the Harbour to have a visit from a ship of her calibre.

"Recently, Dún Laoghaire has been designated as a centre for marine-related tourism under the National Ports Policy. We believe that cruise tourism has the potential to deliver a significant economic benefit to the town, the Greater Dublin area and the country in general. We're already hearing from businesses in town that the cruise calls have given a significant increase to the number of tourists visiting Dún Laoghaire.

"During the 2013 season, the Harbour is expecting to handle a record 14 cruise ship calls, bringing potentially up to 30,000 passengers and crew ashore. The figures are very encouraging and it augurs well for our plans to develop the Harbour as the key port for cruise visits along Ireland's east coast."

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company is working with the Dún Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group to engage in an energetic marketing campaign to enable Dún Laoghaire to tap into the lucrative cruise market. As part of the Stakeholder Group work, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company has initiated a pre-application consultation with An Bord Pleanála under Section 37 of the Planning and Development Act, 2000, in regard to proposals for the construction of a new quay in Dún Laoghaire Harbour to cater for vessels of up to c.340m long. This will ensure that the harbour is also capable of catering for the 'new generation' of larger cruise vessels.

The Queen Elizabeth is the newest and second largest ship on the Cunard line and features eight restaurants, two theatres, three swimming pools and a games deck, together with a large spa and fitness centre, shopping arcade, libraries, bars, cafés, and a casino. The Queen Elizabeth has taken her name from the legendary Cunard Ocean Liner RMS Queen Elizabeth.

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#portofcork – According to the Port of Cork, August is set to be the busiest month ever with 21 cruise liners scheduled to call. Up to 30,000 cruise passengers will step ashore during the month of August bringing a welcome boost to Cork Harbour and the local economy.

It is further good news for the port that also reported this month a boost in performance in 2012 compared to 2011.

During the month of August there will be two cruise liners in port on the same day up to five times, while on one day there will be three cruise liners in port.

Commenting about the month of August Captain Michael McCarthy, Commercial Manager Port of Cork said: "It will be all hands on deck for the month of August as we get set to welcome 21 liners to our Port. Not only does this highlight the Port of Cork as a popular cruise destination, but will also demonstrate our capabilities as a port in managing more than one cruise vessel in port at a time."

He continued: "It's incredibly important that these cruise passengers are given a huge Irish welcome when they arrive. We are delivering in partnership with the cruise lines up to 100,000 cruise passengers and crew yearly and it's really up to the City, County and tourism groups and retailers to ensure they are looked after when they get here. There is a substantial economic spin off for the region which should be capitalised on as in the month of August alone the estimated direct spend into the economy is over €2 million."

In 2013, the Port of Cork is scheduled to handle 62 cruise liners in total. Already the Port is undertaking a targeted commercial and marketing drive to secure cruise bookings for 2014, 2015 and 2016 through direct and indirect promotion of our region and attractions.

Calls for 2014 are looking very positive so far, however Captain McCarthy pointed out: "We must never as a Port or region become complacent with the current cruise business. It's essential everyone works together to ensure the cruise business in Cork continues to thrive."

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