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Cruise Liners to Port of Waterford Welcomed Back

30th July 2022
Celebrity Apex during a visit to the Port of Waterford, while at anchorage off Dunmore East earlier this summer. AFLOAT adds the 2,910 passenger Celebrity Cruises second 'Edge' class ship was built in 2019 in France at Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire. The 130,000 gross tonnage ship is scheduled to return next month. Also above, is the port's Interceptor 48 pilot cutter, Port Láirge built only last year by Safehaven Marine in neighbouring Co. Cork.
Celebrity Apex during a visit to the Port of Waterford, while at anchorage off Dunmore East earlier this summer. AFLOAT adds the 2,910 passenger Celebrity Cruises second 'Edge' class ship was built in 2019 in France at Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire. The 130,000 gross tonnage ship is scheduled to return next month. Also above, is the port's Interceptor 48 pilot cutter, Port Láirge built only last year by Safehaven Marine in neighbouring Co. Cork

As previously reported the Port of Waterford announced an operating profit of €1.1 million for 2021, up from €700,000 on the year.

Turnover was €7.7m and shareholder's funds ended the year at €34m.

Bulk throughput in 2021 came in at 1.7 million tonnes, an 11% increase on 2020, while containers handled remained broadly in line with 2020.

The port said that activity for the first half of 2022 demonstrates that the business is again showing positive momentum in 2022 with bulk handling ahead of 2021 by over 12% at the half year and laden container throughput up 5% on last year.

Frank Ronan, Chief Executive, said the port performed well in 2021 despite the many challenges faced in that year.

RTE News also reports on the welcome return of the cruiseship sector to the south-east region, where Afloat adds a further nine callers are scheduled this season.

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Jehan Ashmore

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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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