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Maersk First As Containership Launches Direct Call to Dublin Port

18th April 2016
Maesrk's subsidiary Seago Line began a new UK-Ireland-Spain service with a first call to Dublin Port today Maesrk's subsidiary Seago Line began a new UK-Ireland-Spain service with a first call to Dublin Port today Photo: Maersk Group

#MaerskFirst – Maersk Group’s first ever direct service to Dublin Port, as previously reported on Afloat, was realised today as the 1,058TEU containership Antwerp berthed this morning, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The new service operated by Maersk subsidiary, Seago Line improves the connections between the UK, Ireland 'feeder-service' to and from the Spanish hub port of Algeciras. This enables Seago customers to have transhipment services to ports in North Africa and the Mediterranean.

Antwerp of 14,093 tonnes had arrived from Liverpool’s Royal Seaforth Dock terminal having discharged and loaded containers on the first leg of the liner service that began at the southern Spanish port.

The 155m long Antwerp is alongside the Peel Ports MTL Terminal located at Dublin’s south bank quays. The UK based Peel Ports Group operates the Port of Liverpool, which also welcomed the first call by the Maersk Group on the Mersey after an absence of more than a decade.

The new service will offer 6 days transit time between Algeciras and Liverpool and 7 days between Algeciras and Dublin.

The new Irish service will supplement an existing Latin American service to Cork. Last month the Northern Dedication of 35,975 tonnes became the largest ever containership to dock at Ringaskiddy Terminal.

The 230m long vessel is operated by sister carrier Maersk Line to provide shippers with an alternative from the current feeder option from Rotterdam in Europe’s northern range.

As for the Antwerp, the vessel was completed in 1999 as the Maersk Antwerp however the Hong Kong flagged vessel was renamed in 2013. The vessel still retains this flag and port of registry of Hong Kong (China).

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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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Dublin Port Information

Dublin Port Company is currently investing about €277 million on its Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR), which is due to be complete by 2021. The redevelopment will improve the port's capacity for large ships by deepening and lengthening 3km of its 7km of berths. The ABR is part of a €1bn capital programme up to 2028, which will also include initial work on the Dublin Port’s MP2 Project - a major capital development project proposal for works within the existing port lands in the northeastern part of the port.

Dublin Port has also recently secured planning approval for the development of the next phase of its inland port near Dublin Airport. The latest stage of the inland port will include a site with capacity to store more than 2,000 shipping containers and infrastructure such as an ESB substation, an office building and gantry crane.

Dublin Port Company recently submitted a planning application for a €320 million project that aims to provide significant additional capacity at the facility within the port in order to cope with increases in trade up to 2040. The scheme will see a new roll-on/roll-off jetty built to handle ferries of up to 240 metres in length, as well as the redevelopment of an oil berth into a deep-water container berth.

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