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Irish Flagged Channel Islands Serving Cargoship Dry Docks in Cork

18th August 2017
Irish flagged cargoship Huelin Dispatch that operates a UK-Channel Islands freight service is currently undergoing dry-docking in Cork Dockyard Irish flagged cargoship Huelin Dispatch that operates a UK-Channel Islands freight service is currently undergoing dry-docking in Cork Dockyard

#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.

Published in Cork Harbour
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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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This was the last port of call for the most famous liner in history, the Titanic, but it has been transformed into a centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

The harbour has been a working port and a strategic defensive hub for centuries, and it has been one of Ireland's major employment hubs since the early 1900s. Traditional heavy industries have waned since the late 20th century, with the likes of the closure of Irish Steel in Haulbowline and shipbuilding at Verolme. It still has major and strategic significance in energy generation, shipping and refining.

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This deep waterway has also become a vital cog in the Irish economy. 

 

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