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Ross Reassures DUP Leader Over Reduced Cruiseship Business

13th May 2019
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Minister Ross reassures Arlene Foster that Cork and Belfast trying to fill gap left by Dublin’s ship limits where above AFLOAT adds is Astor berthed in Alexandra Basin. This part of the port is undergoing a major redevelopment to handle larger cargoships and reconfiguration of quays for increased capacity. Minister Ross reassures Arlene Foster that Cork and Belfast trying to fill gap left by Dublin’s ship limits where above AFLOAT adds is Astor berthed in Alexandra Basin. This part of the port is undergoing a major redevelopment to handle larger cargoships and reconfiguration of quays for increased capacity. Photo: Jehan Ashmore

#cruiseliners - Shane Ross the Minister for Transport has sought to reassure DUP leader Arlene Foster that Cork and Belfast would fill the gap left by Dublin Port’s reduction in cruise ship arrivals.

As The Irish Times writes, Mr Ross wrote to the Northern Irish politician last month after she expressed concern that cruise liners may decide not to dock at Belfast Harbour if Dublin limited berth space for cruise ships due to construction work.

In his letter to Ms Foster, the Minister set out detailed conversations he had with the Dublin Port Company about its plans to reduce the number of cruise ships it can accommodate while it redevelops part of the port.

He told the DUP leader that while the port’s reduction in cruise business – from about 150 to 80 cruise ship arrivals a year from 2021 to 2023 – was “regrettable”, he welcomed the port’s intention to build cruise calls back to 150 ships in 2024 and 2025, rising to more than 200 arrivals after 2026.

For much more including comments from the politicians and a cruise campaign group click here

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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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