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#NewestShip – Afloat.ie has tracked another big brand new cruiseship, Mein Schiff 5 that is to make a first call to an Irish port tomorrow, reflecting the growing demand for such visits and related infrastructural developments, writes Jehan Ashmore.
Mein Schiff 5 towering 15 decks and almost 100,000 gross tonnage is TUI Cruises' latest fleet member with a 2,750 passenger capacity that is to make a debut to Dublin Port before dawn.
After her visit to the capital, passengers have no less than 13 restuarants and bistros dining options to choose, before it will be the Port of Cork’s turn to welcome the latest newcomer to Cobh on Saturday. Both Dublin through its new cruise terminal development and Cobh’s upgrade are to meet the berthing requirements of even much larger cruiseships.
Today, Mein Schiff is berthed at the Port of Holyhead from where had arrived from the UK’s premier cruise port of Southampton.
In July, the 295m vessel was named Mein Schiff 5 at a ceremony in Lübeck/Travemünde. It was at nearby Kiel, she sailed across the Baltic Sea for her maiden voyage to Stockholm, calling at Tallinn, St. Petersburg and Helsinki.
The newest addition brings to a total of 14 cruiseships for TUI Group, a hotel and cruise group that was initiated at the end of 2014 and includes the rebranding of the UK operator, Thomson Cruises. Mein Schiff 5 is the Group’s third new build, and in June was handed over 10 days ahead of scheduled at the Meyer Turku shipyard, Finland to subsidiary TUI Cruises.
Like TUI Cruises’ other newbuilds, Meins Schiff 5 is a low-vibration vessel, which uses state of the art technologically that will enhance a pleasant environment for her guests. She has a 280m jogging track and 25m swimming pool.
In terms of operational efficiency, there is 30% less energy consumption and therefore 30% less fuel than other cruiseships of a comparable size.
Towards the end of the construction period, work simultaneously began on the construction of another sister, Mein Schiff 6. Meyer Turku were also involved in the construction of predecessor, Mein Schiff 4 launched in 2014.
In the following year, Mein Schiff 4 made a first call to Dun Laoghaire with an anchorage much closer to the harbour compared to other callers of recent years. The south Dublin Bay port still awaits a planning decision on the controversial cruise-berth to enable such sized ships and even larger to dock within the harbour.
Dublin Port today announced the launch of an open call to artists and arts projects to create site-specific works in Dublin Port as part of Port Perspectives, its latest soft values project.
Dublin Port is commissioning a series of original and innovative public artworks and installations, reflecting contemporary art practice. The commissioned artworks will respond specifically to the built environment and local areas in and around Dublin Port, enhancing the public realm to draw audiences and port visitors, while creating a living exhibition and cultural trail. The call for artists will be available at www.businesstoarts.ie/portperspectives.
The inspiration for this project comes from Dublin Port’s increasing interaction with the arts. In recent years a series of commissioned arts projects have provided an effective and powerful means to tell the story of Dublin Port and are helping to renew the historical link between the Port and the City. A central objective of Dublin Port’s soft values strategy is rebuilding these links, which have been traditionally forged through long-standing education, cultural, sporting and community initiatives, and now the arts.
Port Perspectives continues Dublin Port’s legacy and builds upon commissions such as Starboard Home, a partnership with the National Concert Hall that went on to feature at this year’s Electric Picnic, Dublin Ships created by Cliona Harmey with Dublin City Council and the restoration of the Diving Bell on Sir John Rogerson's Quay.
Port Perspectives also includes an exhibition of work by the Belgian artist Eugeen Van Mieghem at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane in 2017 and an arts engagement programme curated by Professor Declan McGonagle.
Open Call for Artists
The commission is open to practitioners in the areas of visual Arts and film including projections. There is an open category for artists and arts projects that are keen to respond to the commissioning brief. Proposals may be made for temporary and permanent artworks and a number of locations within Dublin Port have been selected as locations. These include Poolbeg Lighthouse, the Half Moon Battery, Dublin Port Company’s Headquarters and the North Quay Extension close to the East Link Bridge. Details of all Dublin Port locations are included in the open call documentation.
Business to Arts will project manage the open call. The deadline for applications is October 10th. Artists can find more information and learn about the application process on the Business to Arts website.
The shortlisted artists will be notified in November 2016 and the commissioned artists will be announced in January 2017.
Eamonn O Reilly, Chief Executive of Dublin Port says: “One of the challenges for Dublin Port is to create stronger links between the Port and the City, and through the arts we are working to achieve that. With Port Perspectives we want to bring the port and surrounding areas to life, using new and original artworks that inspire, engage and tell the story of Dublin Port to audiences far and wide. This is a project that celebrates both the visual arts and built environment where we live and work, and one that will greatly enhance the quality of the public realm at the port. I look forward to seeing how artists respond to the brief and working with them on this exciting new initiative.”
Commenting on the announcement Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive of Business to Arts said: “Enabling artists to create new artworks and using Dublin Port as creative inspiration is at the heart of recent Dublin Port projects like Starboard Home and the Diving Bell. Port Perspectives will see Dublin Port and its partners nurture and develop new surprising and dynamic artworks in this exciting and ever changing part of the city. During 2017 and beyond, the arts will be front and centre for all visitors to Dublin Port and I can’t wait to see what will be imagined and created by the commissioned artists.”
#Ferry2Cruise – A cruiseship with an unconventional background called into Dublin Port this morning, Ocean Majesty, which in another guise was a car ferry built fifty years ago to serve Spanish island services, writes Jehan Ashmore.
The veteran vessel, an increasing rarity these days in the cruise industry, was the former side-loading car ferry, Juan March launched in 1966 to operate Mediterranean and Atlantic services.
The Albatros-class ferry, one of a quartet, was operated by Transmediterranea on Spain-Balearics routes and also those from the mainland to the Canary Islands.
Following a sale to Majesty International Cruises, through a Greek dockyard a major conversion costing more than US$ 50 million took place in 1994.
The conversion radically altered her appearance (click for photo) notably her superstructure and removal of twin funnel uptakes and forward cargo hold. Despite the work, she retains her classic traditional sweeping hull form lines and aptly a cruiser stern. In addition the work increased tonnage to 10,417 gross.
MIC charter the Ocean Majesty to a variety of operators, among them Hansa Touristik. The 672 capacity cruiseship call to Dublin Port is only for eight hours and forms the 9th cruise of the German charter operators 2016 season.
Ocean Majesty had departed Hamburg last week on an 11-day cruise. So far ports of call have been Rosyth, Kirkwall, Ullapool, Greenock in Scotland and yesterday Belfast.
Early this afternoon, Ocean Majesty is to depart bound for Plymouth. Following her Cornish call, she heads through the English Channel to spend an overnight call in the Pool of London.
The final day will be a passage in the North Sea before the cruise culminates in the German city.
#CorkDockyard – Cork Dockyard, now the only large dry-dock in the Republic following the closure of the Dublin facility earlier this year, is today to receive a vessel of a client that used the capital’s last dry-dock, writes Jehan Ashmore.
The arrival of Arklow Rose to Cork Dockyard saw the 2,999 gross tonnage general cargoship enter dry-dock at 11 o’clock this monring. Arklow Shipping, were one of the major clients of the Dublin Graving Docks that generated around €2.5m annually and handed around 20 ships.
The Dutch flagged ship is one of oldest in the Arklow Shipping fleet, dating to 2002, while the latest newbuild, Arklow Valley was launched in the Netherlands only last month.
The final ever ship to use the Dublin shiprepair and conversion facility was Arklow Fame in April. This vessel of a different class, however has almost the same hull dimensions of Arklow Rose, of almost 90m long, a beam of around 14.5m and draft approximately 7.20m.
As an island nation, the loss of the strategic Dublin Graving Docks (to be in-filled for Dublin Port’s €227m Alexandra Basin Redevelopment project), reduces the ability to cater for certain sized vessels. The capital’s dry-dock (220.00m long) could cater for larger vessels than Cork Dockyard’s (165.50m long). Asides shiprepair, conversion, the Rushbrooke yard (formerly Verolme Cork Dockyard) also carries out marine engineering and fabrication.
Another factor is the graving dock entrance width at Cork Dockyard, which is also narrower than what the Dublin yard offered. This led to the former ferry operator, Swansea-Cork Ferries 15,127 gross tonnage route ship, Superferry having to use the Dublin facility instead. The 137m long ferry had a beam of 23.4m while the graving dock entrance at Cork Dockyard was only 21.3m.
It should be noted this measurement is exactly the same of the breadth extreme of ASL’s ‘S’ class bulkers, for example, Arklow Meadow. The South Korean built bulker which operates deepsea trading was accommodated in the Dublin dry-dock, that was completed in 1957.
An adjacent much older graving dock dating to 1860 and only in-filled in 2008 is where there are plans for the site to be excavated!... for story and photo including the bulker dry-docked click here.
#Trade8%Up - Trade statistics at Dublin Port Company show a half-year growth of 8.0%, the strongest six-month performance ever. The extraordinary growth trend for the first half of the year builds on last year’s record throughput of 32.8 million gross tonnes.
Total throughput (imports and exports) for the six months to the end of June was 17.3 million gross tonnes, with 3,782 ship arrivals during the period. Both imports and exports grew strongly, with exports ahead by 7.5% and imports even stronger at 8.3%.
Showing further improvement in the domestic economy, imports rose to more than 10 million gross tonnes on the same trading period, while exports exceeded 7 million gross tonnes.
Imports of new cars and commercial vehicles continued to grow very strongly with more than 60,000 new vehicles imported through Dublin Port in the first six months of the year, an 11.3% rise on the same period last year. This growth is reflected in the 32.8% increase in trade vehicle imports in the second quarter alone, in anticipation of demand for new “162” vehicle licence plates.
Growth surged in the largest parts of Dublin Port’s business; Ro-Ro freight trailers and Lo-Lo containers. Ro-Ro increased by 8.4% to 460,587 units in the first six months while Lo-Lo containers grew by 10.1% to 330,530 TEU as the domestic economy continued to draw imported goods from overseas markets.
Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive, Dublin Port Company, said: “Dublin Port is experiencing extraordinary growth at present. Total throughput increased by 8.0% in the first six months of the year. With just half the year gone, it now seems almost certain that 2016 will be a record year by some distance.
“Having seen growth of 17.3% in the three years to 2015 and with such a strong first half to 2016, creating additional port capacity is an imperative for us”.
The latest trading figures come as Dublin Port Company has purchased a motorway connected 44-hectare land bank adjacent to Dublin Airport to create a new External Port Logistics Zone. The new lands provide an additional 17% to the port’s existing estate of 260 hectares. The land bank is just 14km from the port and will allow Dublin Port to relocate non-core activities from the port, thereby freeing up existing port lands for the transit storage of cargo.
In addition the land back will provide storage areas for slower moving cargoes. Dublin Port Company committed in its Masterplan to maximising the use of its existing lands. The new External Port Logistics Zone, which will be developed over the coming years, is a landmark initiative to achieve this objective.
“While construction of the €230 million Alexandra Basin Redevelopment Project is progressing, Dublin Port must also push ahead with other projects to stay ahead of growth. Our decision to acquire a 44-hectare land bank within easy reach of the port is another major step towards providing additional capacity at the port as we prepare long-term for future growth.” added Eamonn O’Reilly.
During a short break in Dublin Port to refuel on 25 July, the ship's commanding officer gave kind permission for a visit on board, which was facilitated by the Dublin Angling Initiative (DAI) of Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI).
The two youth groups were given a comprehensive tour of the ship, which included talks on naval duties, life at sea, navigation and weapon systems, fisheries protection and naval recruitment opportunities.
A key component of the DAI is to highlight the importance of fisheries conservation, and the initiative says visits aboard Irish naval ships are an extension of that sector.
DAI co-ordinator Oisin Cahill said: “We are delighted to work with the young people and youth leaders from 1st Meath Adventure Scouts and Sphere 17 Darndale. It is great to see the youth groups engage on the issue of conservation through enjoyable and interesting experiences such as this one.
"The Dublin Angling Initiative also introduces youths to the pursuit of angling. Angling is a wide and varied pursuit which can be sedentary or active, practiced socially or in solitude and appeals to a wide range of people of all ages including young people.
"We hope that by introducing these young people to angling, it might spark their interest and lead to them pursuing it as a hobby. It is vital that we engage communities around the aquatic landscape and encourage interest in important issues such as conservation and the environment.”
The DAI aims to promote, develop and improve angling in the greater Dublin area. During the summer months, young people from national and secondary schools, summer projects and youth services are taken out on fishing courses.
To date, thousands of young people have been introduced to sea, coarse and game angling, and the initiative has been a catalyst in setting up fishing clubs for many of these young people.
#CruiseTallShip – Standing out more than most, German premium brand, Sea Cloud Cruises ultra-luxury ‘windjammer’ Sea Cloud II, overnighted in Dublin Port as part of turnaround cruise, writes Jehan Ashmore.
The Hamburg based five-star operator of the modern yet majestic cruise ship, offers discerning guests an atmosphere of a very private yacht in which she can be also chartered. She is moored close to the Tom Clarke toll-bridge.
In addition cruise-lovers, limited to just 94 guests on board Sea Cloud II, can discover their passion for classic sailing ships, while also becoming devotees of great voyages. With a length overall of 117 m / 384 ft, the elegant lady of the sea has expansive decks and when under full sail, she totals 3,000 m² / 32,000 sq ft.
As for guest facilities they are spread over Sea Cloud II’s four decks. There is a lido deck with bar, lounge including laptops, a boutique, library, restaurant, all in which are imbued with stylish comfort, as to be expected given her 5-star status. In addition to the swim-platform, fitness area, gym and sauna.
Of the 47 outside cabins, here are further details of the range available. Of this total, 29 cabins feature a shower/WC, 16 junior suites with bathtub/WC and 2 luxury owner suites with bathtub and shower/WC).
Also on board is equipped a hospital zone.
Sea Cloud will depart for Campbeltown, Scotland, this afternoon. She is to return to Dublin and also Cork later this month. This will be a ten-night Dublin-Bilbao cruise beginning on 20 August followed by a next day port of call to the southern city.
On arrival in Bilbao on the northern Spanish coast (where in 2001 she was built at Figueras), guests can embark to begin a short five-day cruise to the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.
#Dredging - A trailing suction hopper dredger, Freeway (2014/4,320gt) with a maximum dredging depth of 30m, is carrying out routine Dublin Port maintenance, writes Jehan Ashmore.
The contract from Dublin Port Company, to dredge spoil from within the port and channel approaches and dispose to designated spoiling grounds in Dublin Bay, was awarded to Irish Dredging. The company now in its 40th year, is a member of the Royal Boskalis Westminster Group.
Freeway with a 4,500 m3 capacity, belongs to the fleet of the Dutch operator, which is one of the world's largest international dredging and marine contractors.
The 91m vessel is scheduled to take five weeks to complete the task. In addition work boats, involving UKD Sealion, a multicat from UK Dredging and the port’s Rosbeg, also a multicat are carrying out bottom-levelling duties.
Also kept busy has been the work of hydrographic surveys carried out by the small boat F48.
#PolishNavy - A Polish Navy vessel is to make a rare visit to Ireland, as the trainee schoolship is heading to Dublin Port this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore.
The trainee vessel ORP Wodnik (251) arrived in Dublin Bay to pick up pilot from cutter, Liffey. The naval visitor is to be taken into port to Ocean Pier and remain on a three-day courtesy call.
On board are 156 personnel, of those 56 are crew and the balance are from the cadet school. During the Gulf War, the vessel was rebuilt to serve as an evacuation hospital ship.
ORP Wodnik was launched by the Northern Shipyard in Gdansk in 1976. The 77m long vessel has a full displacement of 1745 tons and has an armament of a bow mounted single double cannon. Aft of the twin funnels are a pair of double guns.
She is one of a trio of such vessels of the Polish Navy whose ships names have the prefix ORP (Okręt Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej) which translates to the Ship of the Polish Republic.
The other trainee pair are the ORP Gryf also a frigate and which too entered service in 1976 and ORP Iskra. This sailing ship is no stranger to these shores, given she has taken part in Tall Ships Races down the years.
Poland is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) which earlier this month held a major two-day summit in the Polish capital of Warsaw, attended by US President Barack Obama.
The head of the Polish Defence Ministry discussed the enhancement of the eastern flank of NATO and the decision to deploy four robust battalions in Poland and the Baltic States.
#DiversOnDumping – Lorna Siggins of The Irish Times writes that divers’ groups have decided to seek a judicial review over the licensing by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of dredge spoil dumping in Dublin Bay.
Legal representatives for the Irish Underwater Council have informed the EPA of the action due to concerns as previously reported on Afloat.ie about a special area of conservation (SPA) extending from Rockabill to Dalkey Island.
The council is the national umbrella organisation for sport divers, and its action is being supported by Oceandivers, Flagship Scuba and Lambay Diving in an alliance known as Divers Against Dumping.
Dublin Port is engaged in maintenance dredging of shipping lanes under an EPA permit issued in 2011 – two years before the Rockabill to Dalkey Island special conservation area was designated by the Minister for Environment.
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