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#corkharbour - The Echo Live reports of a dispute in Cork Harbour between locals and the Port of Cork over the right of way on a long-established walkway in Cobh, could have national consequences, according to a local councillor.

Locals are outraged that the Port of Cork has been closing an area known locally as Five Foot Way on Deepwater Quay — from the Annie Moore statue to the train station at Whitepoint — when cruise vessels are docked.

Last September, the walkway was closed to public use for a period of over four hours when the Disney Magic cruise vessel was docked at the site.

Private security personnel also prevented cars from parking in the area and restricted access, according to locals.

Locals say the Port of Cork does not have a right to do this as it does not own the land.

Councillor Diarmaid Ó Cadhla said little-known legislation under the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 requires all rights of way to be registered before 2021.

The newspaper has more on the dispute, be clicking here.

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#CorkHarbour - Planning permission is being sought for a floating jetty at Kennedy Pier in Cobh.

SailCork.com shared details on its Facebook page of the planning notice for the development, being undertaken by Cork County Council and the Port of Cork.

It’s expected that the proposal would allow for passenger ferries to bring visitors right to the heart of the Cork Harbour port town.

Plans are currently available for inspection at the Cork County Council office in Cobh until Friday 3 August, with written submissions open till Friday 17 August.

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#PortOfCork - The Port of Cork has secured the former Irish Fertiliser Industries Plant at Cobh in a public-private partnership deal that will see a significant expansion of its cargo handling facilities.

According to the Irish Examiner, the circa €6 million deal with Wexford-based Lanber Holdings gives the port a 40% stake in the site of the Marino Point plant, which closed in 2002 with the loss of 220 jobs.

Port of Cork chief executive Brendan Keating said the partnership will “explore every business opportunity for the site”.

He added: “We will focus initially on cargo handling and new trading opportunities, such as fertiliser and animal feed importation.”

The news follows the announcement of a new project to ship more than €300 million worth of natural gas from Texas to Cork, as reported yesterday on Afloat.ie.

It also comes as stakeholders in Cork Harbour propose moving the long-mooted International Shipping Services Centre to Leeside, and alongside plans for an improved cruise liner terminal on Cobh.

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#CruiseLiners - A new cruise liner terminal for Cobh could be up and running by 2020, as the Irish Examiner reports.

Port of Cork commercial manager Captain Michael McCarthy says Ireland’s only dedicated cruise ship berth needs to take advantage of the expanding, and increasingly crowded, cruise season.

Upgrades to the existing berth at Cobh in Cork Harbour, begun two years ago at a cost of €1.5 million, involved the addition of high-load mooring bollards to allow for the docking of larger ships.

But Capt McCarthy says an additional berth is required to take Cork’s cruise liner business further and accommodate the next generation of liners.

The proposal includes a new ‘sea bus’ terminal providing a cross-harbour ferry link to bring visitors to Cork city and the harbour’s various attractions, including the redeveloped Spike Island. The Irish Examiner has more on the story HERE.

Earlier this month, Afloat.ie covered that the Port of Cork had lost its status as the most popular destination for overseas tourists visiting Ireland on cruise liners.

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#CobhCelebrity – Cobh welcomed Celebrity Eclipse this morning as the giant luxury ship made a first port of call having set off from Southampton, the UK’s largest cruiseport, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The ‘Solstice’ class 121,000 gross tonnage luxury cruiseship at 317 metres in length is impressive given that the quay at Cobh Deepwater Berth is only 33 metres longer. It is also the only facility in Ireland in which the Port of Cork can offer a dedicated cruise berth. Planning permission however in recent years was granted for a cruise terminal in Dublin where tomorrow the ship is due to make a maiden port of call to the capital. 

The 2,850 passenger capacity Celebrity Eclipse is the third of a quartet built in Germany for US based owners Celebrity Cruises. In what is a very unusual feature to be found on board is the 'Hot Glass Show'. This is where the fascinating art of glass-blowing is performed by talented craftsmen working in an outdoor studio located on the top deck's Lawn Club.

The 16 passenger deck ship was ranked among the Top 20 Large Cruise Ships according to Conde Nast Traveler's 2014 Reader's Poll. Four years previously, Celebrity Eclipse made a maiden call to Cobh. The occasion also celebrated the 500th visit of a cruiseship to Cobh, which was covered for a report published in Ships Monthly, July 2010 issue.

Notably, this first call to Cobh of the then new cruiseship took place only days after assisting stranded UK holiday makers in Spain following the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud crisis caused by the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull. This led to widespread disruption due to a complete shut-down of aviation travel across Europe.

In an 'act of goodwill' the owners deployed Celebrity Eclipse to make a special round trip in April 2010 from Southampton to Bilbao. This involved transporting 2,200 tourists back home on a passage across the Bay of Biscay.

 

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#CorkHarbour - Tom MacSweeney writes on Afloat.ie today about the centenary of the US Navy’s arrival in Cork Harbour during the First World War.

But the event has a living connection, as the Irish Examiner reports, with the great-granddaughter of the flotilla commander attending this morning’s ceremony in Cobh to unveil a commemorative plaque.

Lizzie Helmer, an exchange student at UCC, only learned the week before she left her California home for Cork that her great-grandfather Joseph Taussig was in charge of the fleet that helped secure the southern approaches to Ireland during the Great War.

Helmer’s family paid a visit to Cobh last month to learn more about their connection with the harbour town formerly known as Queenstown.

And they were joined by UCC president Prof Patrick O’Shea, whose own grand-uncle lost his life when the SS Lismore was torpedoed off Le Havre, just three weeks before the Americans arrived in Cork Harbour.

The Irish Examiner has much more on the story HERE.

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The arrival of the United States Navy into Cork Harbour a hundred years ago today when America entered the First World war is being commemorated at ceremonies in Cobh today writes Tom MacSweeney. A commemorative plaque was unveiled at Admiralty House where the US Navy was based. It is now a convent of the Benedictine Order.

92 American Naval vessels operated to protect the Southern Approaches to Ireland and Britain which then governed Ireland. An exhibition 'Portraits; Women of Cobh and US Sailors' Irish Wives 1917-1919' has been opened in the Sirius Arts Centre in the town.

* listen to Tom MacSwqeeney's podcast for this story about the inter-relationships between US Naval personnel and local women here

Cobh WWI commemorationA minutes silence at this morning's commemoration in Cobh. Photo: Tom MacSweeney

Irish and US Naval personnel attended the Cobh ceremony. Admiralty House in Cobh was the original residence of the Commander-in-Chief of naval operations.

The winning of safe control of the Western Approaches when Germany resumed unrestricted submarine warfare was described at the ceremony as vital to eventual Allied success in the First World War.

Other commemorative events are plannrd including a weekend series on Bere Island in West Cork on July 1/2.

US personnel were based also in Aghada, Monkstown and Passage West in Cork Harbour.

Roches Point Lighthouse will be open to the public on the June Bank Holiday to mark its importance during the wartime period and also 200 years of lighthouse operations there.

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Ryan McCormick took part in the Cobh to Blackrock sailing race organised by Cove Sailing Club last Saturday 17th September. Nine year old Ryan sailed for the first time with his uncle and picked up the basic skills very quickly. They captured the event on two Go pro cameras attached to the boat creating a time-lapse video (below). The pair went on to claim second place in the dinghy class of the race.

The seven nautical mile race has been held every year from Cobh since 1966 but dates back much further when the race started from Ringaskiddy. This year's race had very light winds and was more about taking advantage of the strong river currents than using the wind.

The boat the duo sailed in is a 13’ dinghy, about 50 years old and has a homemade mast and rigging. The 60+ fleet ranged from Rankin dinghies dating back to the late 1950’s to modern 40’ racing yachts.

Union Chandlery and Port of Cork sponsored the event with complimentary overnight berthing from Cork City Marina. The prize giving, refreshments and BBQ were held in the Sextant bar.

More on the race plus a photo gallery here

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Cork Harbour's Cobh Trad Sail Maritime Lecture Series 2016 will be its most diverse, celebrating the harbour's great maritime tradition.

11th Feb: Escaping to Europe by Sea Humanitarian Operations in the Mediterranean 2015 by the Irish Naval Serice. Presented by Commander Ken Minihane and Lt Joe Daly.

18th Feb: Parking a City Berthing a Large Liner at the Deep Water Quay Cobh. Presented by Tony Mulcathy, Cork Harbour Pilot.

2nd March: Our Rankin BoatsHistory of Rankin Boat Building in Cobh Presented by Eddie English, Sailing Instructor

All lectures held in the Sirius Art Centre, Cobh at 20.00 hrs.

Entrance fee €5.

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#CruiseLiners - Following the release of Dublin Port's cruise visit schedule, the Port of Cork has announced its own list of arrivals for 2016.

And it features many of the same big names, with May and August particularly busy months for cruise liners visiting the Cobh Cruise Terminal in Cork Harbour.

However, one visitor the capital won't be seeing – after three cancellations last season – is the enormous Fantasia-class MSC Splendida, a veritable floating city with more than 4,000 passengers that's expected to stop in Cobh on 312 August.

The full schedule is available on the Port of Cork website HERE.

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