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Seized Ship: Revenue Offer Shingle to Sink in Killala Bay

27th February 2019
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MV Shingle registered in Giurgiulești on the River Danube, is the largest port in Moldova. AFLOAT also adds, in recent weeks Shingle shifted berths within Dublin Port from the North Wall (near East-Link bridge) to the adjacent Alexandra Basin (above). The 669 tonnes ship had arrived in June 2014 following customs officers who seized the ship which was escorted to Drogheda and subsequently transferred to Dublin where for almost five years has lain laid-up because of the State’s inability to dispose of it. MV Shingle registered in Giurgiulești on the River Danube, is the largest port in Moldova. AFLOAT also adds, in recent weeks Shingle shifted berths within Dublin Port from the North Wall (near East-Link bridge) to the adjacent Alexandra Basin (above). The 669 tonnes ship had arrived in June 2014 following customs officers who seized the ship which was escorted to Drogheda and subsequently transferred to Dublin where for almost five years has lain laid-up because of the State’s inability to dispose of it. Photo: Jehan Ashmore

#dublinport - The Connaught Telegraph writes the Revenue Commissioners have offered a ship to be sunk in Killala Bay on the Mayo/Sligo border as part of a plan to attract divers to the area.

The 60-metre MV Shingle won't cost a cent – Revenue have offered the confiscated boat for free.

Councillor Michael Loftus has been pushing for the project for some time now. Given its location, it would be a joint Sligo/Mayo venture.

He told a local tourism committee meeting that a motion is coming before Sligo County Council at their next meeting. He hopes also to have a motion before Mayo County Council when they next meet.

Arising from media coverage of a previous tourism meeting, the Revenue Commissioners (see related story) had gotten in touch with their offer of the free ship.

Councillor Loftus has met with Fáilte Ireland who have asked for updated figures on bed nights, etc., that would be generated by the project.

A feasibility study has already been carried out on the project.

Councillor Loftus cited other locations where sinkings have been a huge success in drawing visitors, for example in Malta, where 40 ships have been sunk around the coast.

Killala Bay is a 'most ideal location', he said.

To read much more click here into the background circumstances of the 669 tonnes vessel which the Revenue seized in 2014 that initially led to docking in Drogheda was followed by a transfer to Dublin Port where it has remained ever since.

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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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