Dublin Port’s chief executive has received an apology over press releases from a campaign against the end of cruise liner arrivals to the port that he claimed were defamatory, as The Irish Times reports.
Lorcan O’Connor, a director of Carroll’s Irish Gifts and founder of the All Ireland Cruise Ship Action Group, and PR firm Paul Allen & Associates published the three press releases in May and June of this year.
Both parties have acknowledged they contained “some limited references” to Dublin Port chief Eamonn O’Reilly as well as “robust expressions of opinion which were unwarranted and/or were stated without providing a sufficient factual basis”.
Two of the press releases made reference to questions over expenditure on company credit cards and hospitality by Dublin Port Company executives, over which the State-owned company faced an Oireachtas committee last month.
The All Ireland Cruise Ship Action Group itself gave evidence before the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport in May on the impact they say will be felt by the tourism industry on the port’s recent decision to reduce cruise liner visits over the next number of years.
The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.
#Biodiversity - The Irish Wildlife Trust and Dublin Port Company today (Thursday 25 October) launched the Together for Biodiversity Awards with the Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan.
The awards are being run by the Irish Wildlife Trust, as part of the National Biodiversity Conference next February, and supported by Dublin Port Company.
This is the first Irish awards programme of its kind dedicated solely to recognising and funding biodiversity champions in our society.
The Irish Wildlife Trust is now calling on community groups, schools, farmers and individuals to enter the Together for Biodiversity Awards, have their work recognised and be in with the chance to win funding for future biodiversity projects.
The Together for Biodiversity Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the fantastic work carried out by communities across Ireland to protect our natural environment.
Individuals and communities all over Ireland are doing their bit to help save biodiversity through local projects.
Have you or your community been involved in a project to help protect local wildlife or habitats this year? Perhaps you planted a school wildlife garden, made your village more pollinator0friendly or helped protect a local wetland.
If so, all you have to do to enter is tell all about the work you carried out and how it helped your local biodiversity.
There are categories for community groups, farmers, schools and individual biodiversity champions. Finalists from each category will be invited to the National Biodiversity Conference to highlight their work. Winners will be announced at the conference with a prize of €2,000 for each category winner.
Minister Madigan said: “The Together for Biodiversity Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the wealth of work being done at local level to protect wildlife and create and restore habitats across Ireland.”
Kieran Flood, co-ordinator with the Irish Wildlife Trust, added: “It is only with the help of local biodiversity champions that will we have a chance of halting biodiversity loss in Ireland, so we are delighted to be celebrating their efforts through the Together for Biodiversity Awards.”
Eamonn O’Reilly of the Dublin Port Company said it is delighted to sponsor the Together for Biodiversity Awards.
“We are committed to working with a range of organisations and conservationists to better understand and protect our natural environment, and we know that there are countless groups and individuals with the same ambition.
“The awards will shine a light on those doing brilliant work to protect biodiversity right around the country and help support future projects too,” O’Reilly said.
The Together for Biodiversity Awards are part of the National Biodiversity Conference, which takes place at Dublin Castle on 20-21 February 2019 and is being organised by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Irish Forum on Natural Capital.
For more details on how to enter the awards visit iwt.ie/biodiversity-awards
Dublin Port Company has announced that the leading UK boat builder Goodchild Marine Services Limited has secured the contract to construct a new Pilot Boat for Dublin Port. The deal will see a new 17.1 metre ORC vessel delivered to Dublin Port in July 2019, the first Pilot Boat for export by Norfolk-based Goodchild Marine Services Limited.
The new addition to Dublin Port’s fleet will play a vital role in meeting the operational needs of Ireland’s largest and busiest port as it continues to experience growing trade volumes. Trade figures for the first half of 2018 show growth of 5.2% with increases in both imports and exports. There are strong signals that volumes for the full year will pass the one million units mark for the first time. By the end of 2018, Dublin Port expects to have seen growth of 37% in just six years.
With shipping companies increasingly deploying longer, deeper ships capable of carrying more cargo, the new Pilot Boat will allow Dublin Port’s team of highly skilled marine pilots to reach and board these bigger capacity ships in all weather conditions from a greater distance out into Dublin Bay.
"an innovative beak bow design which can steady the hull as it pitches into the sea"
Designed by naval architects Pantocarene and adapted by Goodchild Marine Services Limited for the local market, the boat is renowned for its fuel efficiency, capacity to cut emissions and ability to handle high speeds in bad weather owing to an innovative beak bow design which can steady the hull of the boat as it pitches into the sea.
A separate, flexibly mounted wheelhouse helps mitigate noise and vibration, making the experience for pilots and crew more comfortable, whilst the hull form significantly reduces fuel consumption due to minimal drag. These environmental and design features are in line with Dublin Port’s commitment under the Masterplan 2040, reviewed 2018, to focus on environmental performance improvements in order to reduce the carbon footprint of vessels in port
Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive, Dublin Port Company, said: “The new pilot boat is the latest investment by DPC as we prepare Dublin Port for future growth. Investment in infrastructure is not simply confined to new quay walls and other engineering works, but also extends to the marine fleet that keeps Dublin Port operational 24/7. Our pilots increasingly need to embark and disembark from much larger capacity ships, and the addition of the new pilot boat will allow our team of experts to do so safely, even at greater distances from port.”
"This is the first time our ORC 171 has been exported"
Steve Pierce, General Manager at Goodchild Marine Services Limited, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Dublin Port on this project. Customers who have been using the ORC range of pilot boats for up to 6 years are reporting fuel savings of around 40% year on year. We have made it our objective to produce boats that have both environmental and financial benefits to ports. Based on customers’ real operational data our ORC pilot boats are the perfect demonstration of this.”
“This is the first time our ORC 171 has been exported, so it represents a very exciting time for Goodchild Marine Services Limited.”
More on the ORC 171 Fast Pilot Craft here
Dublin Port’s iconic landmarks are set to be illuminated in green for the first time to celebrate the St Patrick’s Festival next week.
And they will be in illustrious company as each year global landmarks show their St Patrick’s Day spirit by going green.
This year over 300 stadiums, statues, museums and towers will take part, including the Colosseum in Rome, Sydney Opera House and Niagara Falls — not to mention the GPO, Kilkenny Castle and the Rock of Cashel closer to home.
Speaking on its inclusion in the St Patrick’s Festival, Dublin Port Company chief executive Eamonn O’Reilly said: “Usually blue is our favourite colour at the port but we’re keen to go green next week.
“The inclusion of these iconic port landmarks is of special significance for us as port city integration is at the core of everything we do. There is a shared history, culture and community between the port and our capital city.
“We hope that people enjoy our contribution to this year’s festival and come to see some fantastic port landmarks in a new light.”
Susan Kirby, CEO of the St Patrick’s Festival, added: “It’s wonderful that Dublin Port is greening the new Port Centre plaza and two of its heritage sites and that it is also part of our artistic programme for this year’s St Patrick’s Festival programme. Dublin Port is a part of our capital city which is steeped in history and has some fantastic stories to tell.
“I would encourage anyone who wants to learn a little more about the port and the shipping industry to download and enjoy the Port Walks podcast walking tour which is engaging and enlightening in equal measure and provides some fascinating insights.”
The landmarks included in the festival are also part of Dublin Port Company’s developing heritage trail, which follows a path along the River Liffey from the Diving Bell via Grand Canal Dock and onward towards North Wall Quay Extension across the East Link bridge to Port Centre on the East Wall Road.
Port Centre precinct has recently undergone redevelopment and is now open to the public with a new public plaza featuring a maritime garden with seats for reflection and relaxation and a sculptural sphere which echoes the time ball of the old Ballast Office.
The port is encouraging members of the public to share their images of these three landmarks lit up on social media with the hashtags #globalgreening #DublinPortCentre #DublinPortCrane #DivingBell and #StPatricksFest.
The panel will be active for a period of two years. Applicants must be a holder of a valid STCW Level A-II/2 certificate of competency and must have extensive ship handling experience.
To apply, please send full personal and career details to:
Head of Corporate Services,
Dublin Port Company,
The closing date for applications is Thursday 18 January. Dublin Port Company is an equal opportunities employer.
Dublin Port Company has announced the launch of Cruise Dublin, the company’s new Cruise Tourism Development and Marketing agency established to grow Dublin as Ireland’s premier port of choice for cruise.
Cruise Dublin’s role is to promote Dublin as Ireland’s cruise capital to cruise lines internationally, working collectively with its members who are drawn from the capital’s leading retail outlets, visitor experiences and tourism bodies, including Fáilte Ireland. As a membership organisation, Cruise Dublin’s remit is to support those businesses in the capital looking to develop their offering in tandem with the future growth of Dublin as a marquee cruise destination.
Its formation comes as figures reveal that cruise tourism is currently growing at a rate of 20 per cent per annum in Dublin, and projected to grow substantially in the coming years. Dublin Port Company’s ABR Project, recently approved by An Bord Pleanála, will facilitate future growth and allow Dublin Port to handle the world’s largest cruise liners, including the 360m long Allure of the Seas. The ABR Project, once complete, will mean that larger ships will be able to routinely call at Dublin, turn within the expanded Alexandra Basin West and berth as far upriver as East Link Bridge, adding a new dimension to the cityscape.
Cruise Dublin’s work begins in earnest tomorrow, when it takes up position at the world’s leading cruise business convention, the Seatrade Cruise Global Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (14-17 March). Dublin will be the only Irish port with a dedicated exhibition space at this year’s event, which attracts over 11,000 attendees and nearly 800 exhibitors annually, bringing together ports, cruise lines, suppliers, travel agents and partners.
During the week, Cruise Dublin will also meet with Cruise Europe to finalise plans for the Cruise Europe Conference in Dublin in 2016. The three day event is set to attract over 200 delegates from leading cruise destinations throughout Europe from all the major cruise lines and service suppliers to the cruise industry worldwide. This is the first time that the event will take place in Dublin, providing an opportunity to showcase the city as a leading cruise tourism destination.
Pat Ward, Head of Corporate Services at Dublin Port Company with responsibility for cruise, said: “Dublin Port Company established Cruise Dublin as a marketing development agency to work collectively with its members to attract international cruise lines to the capital, and represent members in our work with Cruise Ireland, Cruise Europe and Fáilte Ireland.”
“We want to promote Dublin as a premium cruise destination directly to cruise companies and work with businesses in Dublin to tailor packages to the needs of the cruise lines and their passengers. This includes attracting ‘Free Independent Travelers’, who normally disembark without an itinerary. We are looking at developing a systematic approach to guiding these passengers towards our members’ attractions, experiences and shopping using a new Cruise Dublin Visitor Card ahead of, and upon, arrival.”
Representatives from the city’s retailers and attractions, as well as tour operators and members from Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Fingal Local Authorities recently gathered at Dublin Port for a briefing on Cruise Dublin and the future of cruise tourism at Dublin Port.
Jim Keogan, Assistant CEO, Dublin City Council presented plans of the Docklands development demonstrating the port’s improved connectivity to the city, thus making Dublin a ‘City Centre Port’ and suitable for the ‘home porting’ market.
Dublin Port Company’s Head of Corporate Services with responsibility for cruise, Pat Ward, confirmed; “We are also commencing promotion of Dublin as a ‘Home Port’ which, once established, will dramatically increase the number of bed nights in Dublin. It’s an exciting initiative that needs to be commenced now if Dublin is to reap the rewards by 2020.”
“Dublin Port Company has been the driving force behind the development of Dublin’s burgeoning cruise tourism business, having worked to attract and build this valuable business for the city for over 30 years. This is the next step in creating a positive economic impact for the city, enhancing inbound tourism and contributing to the development of Docklands.”
According to Dublin Port Company’s Chief Executive, Eamonn O’ Reilly; “The big challenge will be a lack of 5 star hotels in and around the Port and the City Centre. We have a window of opportunity to make a difference now, but this can only be achieved if we all work together - the businesses, the agencies and the Port. We are doing our part in our developments – it’s up to the industry now to “jump on board”.
#TrainForTrade - An expert from Dublin Port Company will join two representatives of the UNCTAD/TrainForTrade programme in the juries that will assess the dissertation deliveries of the 28 middle managers from Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA).
The middle managers have completed the 8 modules of the Modern Port Management course. Those who successfully pass their dissertations will earn UNCTAD's Modern Port Management Certificate.
Ghana is currently on its 3rd cycle in the Programme. A total of 81 middle managers have been trained since its membership in the English-speaking network of the Programme in 2009. Each training cycle lasts 16 to 24 months and comprises 240 hours of in-class training and a final thesis.
Fostering local ownership
The deliveries are both led by UNCTAD and international instructors (Irish port experts), as well local senior managers who have completed the training-of-trainers workshop.
This strategy highlights the uniqueness and strength of the TrainForTrade Port Training Programme in fostering.
Local ownership to reinforce the training's impact and ensure its sustainability.
Local ownership of the programme is achieved through a financing scheme that requires the participating ports to provide the majority of the programme's funds, and by gradually shifting responsibility for implementing the programme from UNCTAD to the participating ports.
#dublinport – Dublin Port Company today welcomed the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant permission for the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR) Project which will transform Dublin Port's infrastructure and enable it to service the economy for decades ahead. The project will increase the port's ability to handle large ships by deepening and lengthening three kilometres of the port's seven kilometres of berths. It will also deepen the port to provide an entrance channel with a depth of at least 10m.
The ABR Project is the largest single infrastructure development project in the history of Dublin Port. The project is expected to take five years to complete, costing an estimated €230m.
Given the port's sensitive location at the heart of Dublin Bay and Dublin City, the project was subjected to a rigorous assessment by An Bord Pleanála of possible impacts on the environment generally and specifically on protected Natura sites.
Today's decision comes as trade volumes continue to rise at Dublin Port with 2015 set to be a record year. New figures show total throughput (imports and exports) rose by 5.0% in the first half of 2015 with imports growing particularly strongly at 5.6% as the domestic economy improves.
As well as being a record year for cargo, 2015 will be a record year for the port's cruise business with nearly 100 cruise ships bringing 200,000 visitors to Dublin expected for the full year. These include some of the world's largest cruise ships such as MSC Splendida, Royal Princess and Celebrity Silhouette, measuring up to 333m long. Until now these ships have had to reverse into Dublin Port given their lengths. The ABR Project will allow larger ships to routinely call at Dublin, turn within Alexandra Basin and berth as far upriver as East Link Bridge. This will create a positive economic impact for the city, enhance inbound tourism and contribute to the development of Docklands.
The port is also seeing strong growth in ferry passenger numbers, up 4.8% in the six months to June on routes between Dublin and Britain and between Dublin and France.
Eamonn O'Reilly, Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company said: "I am delighted that An Bord Pleanála has granted Dublin Port planning permission for the ABR Project and to say that we can finance the project immediately. The engineering design works are already at an advanced stage and we expect the first phase of works to be tendered and a contractor ready to start by October 2015."
"The ABR Project is a complex undertaking that required co-ordinated planning with a range of bodies including Dublin City Council, the National Roads Authority (NRA), the National Transport Agency (NTA), ESB Networks and Eirgrid. I am pleased to say that all of our dealings were positive and supportive. We have achieved strong consensus on how to deliver this major piece of port infrastructure in a way that is compatible with the operations of other major infrastructure providers within and adjacent to the port."
An Bord Pleanála's planning permission has paved the way for the last remaining steps to deliver the ABR Project in good time. The priority now is for Dublin Port to begin the engineering works as soon as possible. Against a background of strong growth in port volumes, there is still a window of opportunity in which to carry out major construction works before volumes grow to the extent that the port has to turn some trade away during the construction phase.
To capitalise on this window, Dublin Port's next focus is on progressing the other consents required from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Having liaised with both organisations throughout the planning application, Dublin Port hopes to secure the necessary consents within months.
The ABR Project is the first major project from Dublin Port's Masterplan 2012 to 2040. While bringing it through the planning process, Dublin Port Company has also been working on smaller projects including a new terminal for imported cars, a new high capacity firewater main and completion of the Alexandra Quay Container Terminal. The redevelopment of eight hectares of land within the port is also underway and Dublin Port Company will shortly lodge a planning application with Dublin City Council to redevelop the port's road network to ensure it has the capacity to handle the doubling in port volumes projected by 2040.
Dublin Port is Ireland's largest port and is one of 83 core ports on the EU's TEN-T network. In October 2014, the EU agreed funding of €2.4m towards Dublin Port Company's costs of bringing the ABR Project through to the point of being ready for construction.1
Following on from this, on 30th June 2015, the European Commission announced further funding of €22.8m for the construction phase of the project. 2 Finally, the project is also under appraisal by the European Investment Bank (EIB) for €100m of long-term debt finance. 3
Eamonn O'Reilly, Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company said: "The positive decsision by An Bord Pleanála and the financial support from the EU and EIB put us in a good position to commence construction works later this year subject to our gaining the remaining necessary consents from the EPA and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Bringing large infrastructure projects through to the construction phase is a long, detailed and careful process. Given our high growth rates, we intend to review our Masterplan 2012 to 2040 in the first quarter of next year and begin to plan the next major development after the ABR Project."
#dublinport – Dublin Port Company today announced that it will pay a dividend of €8.8 million to the State for the 2014 financial year. The payment represents 30% of the port's distributable profits for 2014. Since 2007 Dublin Port Company has paid the Government a total of €78.6 million in dividends.
The dividend payment follows a successful year in 2014 for Dublin Port where cargo volumes increased 7.0% year-on-year. Total throughput for the year was 31 million gross tonnes with 7,108 ship arrivals, bringing the port's activity back to the record levels of 2007. Figures for the first trading quarter of 2015 have shown continued growth in import and export trade with cargo volumes up 5.3% on the same period last year. This is the strongest first quarter Dublin Port has had in a decade and surpasses the previous record year of 2007 by 3.0%.
Welcoming the announcement, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe T.D. said: "Dublin Port Company made a commitment to make a dividend payment of 30% of its distributable profits to the Exchequer. I am delighted that the port has once again achieved its agreed target. I would like to thank the Board, management and employees of this strategically important State asset for their continued work and contribution. I greatly welcome the manner in which Dublin Port continues to fulfil its mandate of operating an efficient, well-resourced port to facilitate Ireland's trading needs."
Lucy McCaffrey, Chairperson, Dublin Port Company said: "2014 was a very strong year for Dublin Port and I am delighted that we are in a position to pay a healthy dividend to our shareholders. Dublin Port is profitable, committed to sustainable investment and in an excellent position to fund major infrastructural development. We recently financed a €35million redevelopment of the Alexandra Quay Container Terminal and opened a €3.4m trade car terminal at East Wall Road. We are now ready to finance our proposed €230m Alexandra Basin Redevelopment Project, the single largest infrastructural investment project in the history of the port, which we hope to commence later this year."
#mexicantallship – Dublin Port Company and the Mexican Embassy in Dublin have welcomed one of the world's most magnificent Tall Ships, the 1,800 tonnes and 270 foot long Cuauhtémoc – that had been at anchor in Dublin Bay since Monday – sailed into Dublin city centre this morning for a five day visit to the capital.
The spectacular vessel was met by Dublin Port's tugs Shackleton and Beaufort in a ceremonial escort to mark the ship's arrival, before docking at 10am on Sir John Rogerson's Quay.
As Afloat previously reported last week the windjammer commanded by Captain Pedro Mata, the Cuauhtémoc is a sail training vessel of the Mexican Navy which travels around the world carrying a message of friendship and goodwill. She arrived in Dublin with 225 men and women sailors on board - including trainees of different nationalities - who will participate in a five-day programme of engagements in the capital as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Mexico.
Highlights of the itinerary include an accompanied tour of the city for crew, a visit to the vessel by President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins on Sunday, and a special performance by 'The Buena Vibra Latin Jazz Trio with the Royal Irish Academy of Music Percussion Ensemble' on board, as well as the San Patricio Mariachi Band.
Dubliners and visitors to the city hoping to get a closer insight into life on board this magnificent vessel will be able to visit for free while she is berthed at Sir John Rogerson's Quay. Opening times to the public are Wednesday 17th – Saturday 20th June between 10.00 and 19.00, and on Sunday 21st June from 10.00 to 15.00. During her last visit to Dublin as part of the Tall Ship Races 2012, the Cuauhtémoc welcomed over 23,000 visitors on board.
Built in the Celaya shipyards in Bilbao, Spain, the Cuauhtémoc was launched in July 1982. She was the last of four windjammers built by Bilbao shipyards and is named after the last Aztec emperor who was imprisoned and executed by the conquistador, Herman Cortes, in 1525. This will be her fourth visit to Irish waters.
Eamonn O'Reilly, Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company, said: "Dublin Port Company is delighted to welcome Cuauhtémoc and her entire crew to Dublin for a very special visit in a significant year for Mexican-Irish relations. Her visit serves as an important reminder of our cultural bond and trading links that have grown from strength to strength over the past 40 years. I would encourage everyone in the city to show the Cuauhtémoc a warm Irish welcome during her stay. It's a fantastic opportunity to explore this magnificent vessel up close and experience first-hand Mexican maritime culture on our doorstep."
The Ambassador of Mexico to Ireland, H.E. Carlos Garcia de Alba said: "2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Mexico. This important milestone in our shared history affords both Mexico and Ireland the opportunity to showcase trade, academic and investment partnerships and to share in artistic and cultural exchanges between our countries. The arrival to Dublin of the Mexican Navy's Tall Ship Cuauhtémoc is just one of the many events to take place that reaffirms the commitment to strengthen the excellent ties of friendship and co-operation between our nations."