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11th October 2016

Protect Your Boat – Podcast

It is, in my experience, an awful thing to board your boat and see the damage which has been done to it by thieves who have broken-in.

That happened to me a few years ago on my mooring at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour, not far from the Royal Cork Yacht Club out of which I sail and it was club staff who alerted me to what had happened.

My boat is a Sigma 33, Scribbler and this week, in the context of recent Garda investigations in Cork into marine thefts, I am recalling in my Podcast what happened and how I felt at the time and urging owners to remember to protect your boat.

I have been reminded of what happened by the recent Garda investigation carried in the Western and Northern areas of Cork County, as well as in the city, against what they described as “an organised crime group” engaged in marine theft. Boat engines were seized and two men arrested. Gardai from three divisions, plus a regional support unit were involved.

This was the reminder for me of the break-in to my own Sigma 33 on the mooring at Crosshaven, not far from the RCYC clubhouse and marina, a few years ago.

Listen to the Podcast here where I start by describing the damage and my emotions at the time and then facing a decision about the boat following the attack on her.

When you have listened set about, if you haven’t done so already, protecting your boat.

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#Rowing: Boating equipment worth €150,000 has been recovered by gardaí investigating the theft of boat engines. The haul included 74 outboard engines, ten boats and eight boat trailers. The public is asked to access the Garda social websites or ring 057 8674100 to arrange viewing.

 There have been a number of thefts of engines and equipment from rowing clubs and the National Rowing Centre in recent years.

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#ROWING: Outboard motors worth up to €20,000 were stolen from the National Rowing Centre in Cork at the weekend. It is understood that rowers from the High Performance Programme were staying at the NRC when thieves took the engines, which were attached to catamarans and tinnies moored on the water. The raid did not come from the land.

Rowing Ireland has advised that anyone who becomes aware of 15HP Hondas and 20HP Yamahas being offered for sale should contact the Gardaí.

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#EngineTheft - The Mayo News reports that three boat engines have been stolen from moorings on Lough Mask in Co Mayo over the last fortnight.

Two engines were reported taken at Cahir Pier, a spot popular with tourists, while the third theft occurred at Burke's Island.

“It’s prevalent around the country, and it has happened on Lough Corrib, but it’s the first time it’s happened here," said local angler Denis Kelleher about the thefts. "It’s something I had hoped would stay away from the area."

Kelleher noted that with only one road in and out of both areas, installation of CCTV might prove a deterrent to any future burglaries - though local councillor Michael Burke raised concerns about how such a system would be managed.

The Mayo News has more on the story HERE.

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#boattheft – Dalkey boat dealer Killen Marine in County Dublin recently picked up an agency for an interesting marine security product that gives boat owners some added security at a time when a lot of boats, engines and equipment is being stolen.

The Scorpion Marine tracking device protects craft against illegal movement using GPS geo-fence technology.

Upon continuous movement of vessel a txt alert is sent to the boat owners chosen mobile device. Pinpoint location of a vessel is then accessible online via personal computer or Smartphone devices. The vessel will be displayed on a map with pin-point detail enabling you to locate it or pass details to the Gardai.

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#Angling - Sixty fishing rods were among items taken in a break-in at an angling charity's storage facility in Co Down, as BBC News reports.

Angling First - which says it has taught fishing skills to 2,000 children from disadvantaged areas across Northern Ireland - discovered the theft on Wednesday morning.

The shipping container outside Dromore where the charity keeps its equipment was found forced open, and items worth more than £600 (€745) were stolen.

In a statement, the PSNI said that the burglary occurred some time between Sunday 2 and Wednesday 5 December.

The charity's Mark McGivern told BBC News: "It makes you feel sick, it's probably been someone who has come to our pond, but they won't deter me from continuing."

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#STOLEN BOAT - Dollymount Sea Scouts have reported the recovery of a boat stolen from their scout den in north Dublin earlier this week.

The BP 18 standard boat was taken from outside the scout den at the Crow's Nest in Dollymount at some time between the hours of 5pm on Sunday 16 and 5pm on Monday 17 September.

But eagle-eyed gardaí in a patrol car from Santry spotted the boat in the driveway of a derelict house in a north Dublin housing estate.

The boat, Orion 2, was towed back to Santry Garda Station from where it was picked up by the sea scouts and brought home to Dollymount on Tuesday evening.

The brand new boat has a red fibreglass hull with brown varnished timber thwarts and gunwales, and is painted light grey inside. The boat is 18ft long and was last seen on its four-wheel trailer.

This type of boat is only used by Sea Scouts in Ireland and An Slua Muiri (Irish Navel Reserves). It has only been used a handful of times since its launch in May this year, and only one of this particular kind has been manufactured recently.

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#RESCUE - The Killaloe/Ballina Search and Recovery Unit in Co Clare has been left reeling after the engines powering its specialist dive boat were stolen recently.

According to the Irish Examiner, the 18-strong volunteer search team were "gutted" when they turned up for training on Wednesday to find thieves had broken into the boathouse and made off with two 90HP Honda engines, worth €15,000 each.

Chairman Tony O'Brien commented: "The boat is well marked and clearly identifiable so whoever took these engines knew what they were taking and that they were stealing from a volunteer community group."

O'Brien described the theft as a "sick act" and emphasised that "lives are being put at risk".

Anyone who might have information regarding the theft is urged to contact gardaí in Killaloe at 061 620540 or the Garda confidential line at 1800 666 111.

The Irish Examiner has more on the story HERE.

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Gardaí in Carrick-on-Shannon are investigating a serious raid at a marina that saw as many as 60 boats vandalised.
The Irish Times reports that the attack early on Tuesday morning involved a five-strong masked gang using a number of vehicles, who robbed at least 40 of the boats of nautical instruments and electrical equipment and damaged 20 others.
The vessels appear to have been targeted among the 300 boats moored at Butler's marina on the River Shannon. The cost of damage to the boats is not yet known.
A staff member at Butler’s marina told The Irish Times that the company was not in a position to comment on the case.
Meanwhile, there are plans to circulate a list of all stolen items among Ireland's inland boating community.

Gardaí in Carrick-on-Shannon are investigating a serious raid at a marina that saw as many as 60 boats vandalised.

The Irish Times reports that the raid early on Tuesday morning involved a five-strong masked gang using a number of vehicles, who robbed at least 40 of the boats of nautical instruments and electrical equipment and damaged 20 others.

The vessels appear to have been targeted among the 300 boats moored at Butler's marina on the River Shannon. The cost of damage to the boats is not yet known.

A staff member at Butler’s marina told The Irish Times that the company was not in a position to comment on the case.

Meanwhile, there are plans to circulate a list of all stolen items among Ireland's inland boating community.

Published in Irish Marinas

About Dublin Port 

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 the capacity to store more than 2,000 shipping containers and infrastructures 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.

Dublin Port FAQ

Dublin was little more than a monastic settlement until the Norse invasion in the 8th and 9th centuries when they selected the Liffey Estuary as their point of entry to the country as it provided relatively easy access to the central plains of Ireland. Trading with England and Europe followed which required port facilities, so the development of Dublin Port is inextricably linked to the development of Dublin City, so it is fair to say the origins of the Port go back over one thousand years. As a result, the modern organisation Dublin Port has a long and remarkable history, dating back over 300 years from 1707.

The original Port of Dublin was situated upriver, a few miles from its current location near the modern Civic Offices at Wood Quay and close to Christchurch Cathedral. The Port remained close to that area until the new Custom House opened in the 1790s. In medieval times Dublin shipped cattle hides to Britain and the continent, and the returning ships carried wine, pottery and other goods.

510 acres. The modern Dublin Port is located either side of the River Liffey, out to its mouth. On the north side of the river, the central part (205 hectares or 510 acres) of the Port lies at the end of East Wall and North Wall, from Alexandra Quay.

Dublin Port Company is a State-owned commercial company responsible for operating and developing Dublin Port.

Dublin Port Company is a self-financing, and profitable private limited company wholly-owned by the State, whose business is to manage Dublin Port, Ireland's premier Port. Established as a corporate entity in 1997, Dublin Port Company is responsible for the management, control, operation and development of the Port.

Captain William Bligh (of Mutiny of the Bounty fame) was a visitor to Dublin in 1800, and his visit to the capital had a lasting effect on the Port. Bligh's study of the currents in Dublin Bay provided the basis for the construction of the North Wall. This undertaking led to the growth of Bull Island to its present size.

Yes. Dublin Port is the largest freight and passenger port in Ireland. It handles almost 50% of all trade in the Republic of Ireland.

All cargo handling activities being carried out by private sector companies operating in intensely competitive markets within the Port. Dublin Port Company provides world-class facilities, services, accommodation and lands in the harbour for ships, goods and passengers.

Eamonn O'Reilly is the Dublin Port Chief Executive.

Capt. Michael McKenna is the Dublin Port Harbour Master

In 2019, 1,949,229 people came through the Port.

In 2019, there were 158 cruise liner visits.

In 2019, 9.4 million gross tonnes of exports were handled by Dublin Port.

In 2019, there were 7,898 ship arrivals.

In 2019, there was a gross tonnage of 38.1 million.

In 2019, there were 559,506 tourist vehicles.

There were 98,897 lorries in 2019

Boats can navigate the River Liffey into Dublin by using the navigational guidelines. Find the guidelines on this page here.

VHF channel 12. Commercial vessels using Dublin Port or Dun Laoghaire Port typically have a qualified pilot or certified master with proven local knowledge on board. They "listen out" on VHF channel 12 when in Dublin Port's jurisdiction.

A Dublin Bay webcam showing the south of the Bay at Dun Laoghaire and a distant view of Dublin Port Shipping is here
Dublin Port is creating a distributed museum on its lands in Dublin City.
 A Liffey Tolka Project cycle and pedestrian way is the key to link the elements of this distributed museum together.  The distributed museum starts at the Diving Bell and, over the course of 6.3km, will give Dubliners a real sense of the City, the Port and the Bay.  For visitors, it will be a unique eye-opening stroll and vista through and alongside one of Europe’s busiest ports:  Diving Bell along Sir John Rogerson’s Quay over the Samuel Beckett Bridge, past the Scherzer Bridge and down the North Wall Quay campshire to Berth 18 - 1.2 km.   Liffey Tolka Project - Tree-lined pedestrian and cycle route between the River Liffey and the Tolka Estuary - 1.4 km with a 300-metre spur along Alexandra Road to The Pumphouse (to be completed by Q1 2021) and another 200 metres to The Flour Mill.   Tolka Estuary Greenway - Construction of Phase 1 (1.9 km) starts in December 2020 and will be completed by Spring 2022.  Phase 2 (1.3 km) will be delivered within the following five years.  The Pumphouse is a heritage zone being created as part of the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment Project.  The first phase of 1.6 acres will be completed in early 2021 and will include historical port equipment and buildings and a large open space for exhibitions and performances.  It will be expanded in a subsequent phase to incorporate the Victorian Graving Dock No. 1 which will be excavated and revealed. 
 The largest component of the distributed museum will be The Flour Mill.  This involves the redevelopment of the former Odlums Flour Mill on Alexandra Road based on a masterplan completed by Grafton Architects to provide a mix of port operational uses, a National Maritime Archive, two 300 seat performance venues, working and studio spaces for artists and exhibition spaces.   The Flour Mill will be developed in stages over the remaining twenty years of Masterplan 2040 alongside major port infrastructure projects.

Source: Dublin Port Company ©Afloat 2020. 

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