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Dun Laoghaire Habour received another call by an Emergency Response & Rescue Vessel (ERRV) albeit for a brief period which took place almost a week ago, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The red-hulled ERRV named Vos Endurance had arrived on Wednesday morning, having crossed the Irish Sea from the Morecambe Gas Field which is located offshore of Blackpool in north-west England.

Likewise of the previous call in April (see close up photo of ship) to Dun Laoghaire, the arrival at dawn of the 1,734gt Vos Endurance was for the same reason to effect a crew change according to the harbour's operator Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Crewing arrangements, Afloat adds was conducted by Deeside Crewing Services while the vessel operated by Vroon Offshore Services Ltd, is also based in Aberdeen, Scotland. They have a fleet of 35 ERRV's to provide field support along the UK's continental shelf and in the Irish Sea. Such service operation is part of the Dutch based Vroon B.V. group with headquarters located in Breda.

In addition Vos Endurance is also an offshore supply ship which loaded stores while berthed at the harbour's No.2. berth at Carlisle Pier.  Approximately a mere three hours later, the ERRV departed and set forth bound for the gas field.

Whereas the previous call of the 2010 built vessel involved the adjacent St. Micheals Pier using No. 4 berth which is currently occuppied by the 101m containership Anna G.

This berth is where Dublin Bay Cruises excursion vessel St. Bridget had been based for the summer season. At this stage however it is more than a fortnight since Afloat reported the tow to the harbour of the 515 TEU capacity containership from Warrenpoint Port.

The ship's call to the south Dublin Bay harbour was for the purpose of engine repairs which was expected to be for only a few day's duration.

According to a reliable source, Anna G is however this week expected to continue remaining in the former ferry port.

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#FerryNews - A former Irish Sea freightferry has in recent days returned to familiar duties running between Northern Ireland and England, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The 120 trailer-unit Stena Scotia entered service on the Belfast-Heysham route to cover a sister, Stena Hibernia which went off service for dry-docking at Harland & Wolff. 

Up until 2013, Stena Scotia had operated the Irish Sea route.The 13,017grt vessel had sailed last week from Killingholme on the Humber Estuary, from where Stena Line operate a freight-only service to Hoek van Holland. 

Prior to the Irish Sea transfer, Stena Scotia's role on the North Sea was to permit the Dutch route's routine vessel Stena Transit to undergo dry-docking. Otherwise, Stena Scotia also operates from the same Humber port but to Rotterdam.

Earlier in the summer Afloat reported on a pair of larger Belfast-Heysham chartered-in vessels each with a 151 trailer capacity. They are the Stena Precision and Stena Performance which are to be returned to owners Seatruck for operations on the Warrenpoint-Heysham route.

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Marine Science Perhaps it is the work of the Irish research vessel RV Celtic Explorer out in the Atlantic Ocean that best highlights the essential nature of marine research, development and sustainable management, through which Ireland is developing a strong and well-deserved reputation as an emerging centre of excellence. From Wavebob Ocean energy technology to aquaculture to weather buoys and oil exploration these pages document the work of Irish marine science and how Irish scientists have secured prominent roles in many European and international marine science bodies.

 

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At A Glance – Ocean Facts

  • 71% of the earth’s surface is covered by the ocean
  • The ocean is responsible for the water cycle, which affects our weather
  • The ocean absorbs 30% of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere by human activity
  • The real map of Ireland has a seabed territory ten times the size of its land area
  • The ocean is the support system of our planet.
  • Over half of the oxygen we breathe was produced in the ocean
  • The global market for seaweed is valued at approximately €5.4 billion
  • · Coral reefs are among the oldest ecosystems in the world — at 230 million years
  • 1.9 million people live within 5km of the coast in Ireland
  • Ocean waters hold nearly 20 million tons of gold. If we could mine all of the gold from the ocean, we would have enough to give every person on earth 9lbs of the precious metal!
  • Aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector in the world – Ireland is ranked 7th largest aquaculture producer in the EU
  • The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest ocean in the world, covering 20% of the earth’s surface. Out of all the oceans, the Atlantic Ocean is the saltiest
  • The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean in the world. It’s bigger than all the continents put together
  • Ireland is surrounded by some of the most productive fishing grounds in Europe, with Irish commercial fish landings worth around €200 million annually
  • 97% of the earth’s water is in the ocean
  • The ocean provides the greatest amount of the world’s protein consumed by humans
  • Plastic affects 700 species in the oceans from plankton to whales.
  • Only 10% of the oceans have been explored.
  • 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year, equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute.
  • 12 humans have walked on the moon but only 3 humans have been to the deepest part of the ocean.

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