#corkharbour – An Irish owned cargoship that operates a UK-Channel Islands service is currently drydocking in Cork Harbour, writes Jehan Ashmore.
Huelin Dispatch is undergoing her first 5-year special survey in Cork Dockyard, the ship repair and general engineering facility that is part of the Doyle Shipping Group (DSG). The dry-dock at just over 165m in Rushbrooke (close to Cobh) is the largest in the State following the closure of Dublin Graving Docks earlier this year.
As previously reported on Afloat, the dry-dock facility in Dublin at 220m long had been a customer of Huelin Dispatch two years ago this month.
On this call to Cork Harbour the 89m tween-decker owned by Dundalk Shipping had sailed from Southampton. The UK south coast port along with Portsmouth are from where the 2,597 tonnes Huelin Dispatch operates services while on charter to Channel Island Lines. The dry-cargoship provides a vital link to St. Peter Port, Guernsey and St. Hellier, Jersey.
The ship was completed for her Irish owners by the Dutch Damen Group in 2012. The newbuild entered the Channel Islands freight run that same year, transports containers as well as hazardous shipments.