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#Ports&Shipping - A Corrib Shipping cargoship loaded concentrates from Boliden Tara Mines facility in Dublin Port late last year, arrived at a Finnish port this first week of 2018 and where the sea is currently frozen over, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The cargoship Ziltborg which last year became the fifth ship of Corrib Shipping fleet, sails as part of Royal Wagenborg, a Dutch operator with more than 170 vessels. They also act as chartering agents for the Irish based ship management group located in Dundrum, Co. Dublin. The vessel previously named Viechtdiep was drydocked to emerge as the Dutch flagged Ziltborg and under the new livery of Wagenborg.

Trains transport the concentates to Dublin Port from Boliden's Co .Meath mine (Europe's largest for zinc) which since 1977 has extracted 85m tonnes of ore. At the port the concentrates are transferred from wagons to a conveyor belt that leads to a jetty within Alexandra Basin. At the bulk north jetty a loading shoot was lowered into the Ziltborg's cargohold.

On completion of loading the 7,200dwt Ziltborg's open hatch, full box and double skinned hull, the single decker cargoship departed Dublin on 28 December. It is at this facility where a fleetmate Cathma called in November and likewise of Ziltborg, involved a voyage to Kokkola. The western Finnish port town on the frozen icy Gulf of Bothnia, located in the Central Ostrobothnia region has a population of over 47,000. 

The Gulf of Bothnia, that separates west Finland and east Sweden forms the northernmost arm of the Baltic Sea. The Gulf which is shallower in depth and being almost freshwater becomes frozen, as such traffic restrictions for icebreaker assistance are typically in force for all the gulf from later this month to the end of April.

The 118m Ziltborg which has an Ice Class 1A notation for operating in Finnish and Swedish waters, had arrived to Kokkola on Thursday of this week. As of today, weather conditions report temperatures of -4° and are to drop further overnight to -6° (feeling like -9°).

For a link to a livestream of the Ziltborg berthed in the frozen icy waters click here. 




Published in Ports & Shipping

#FifthShip - Corrib Shipping, the Dublin based shipowners and ship management group has added a fifth cargoship to its fleet which is currently at a drydock in the Netherlands, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The new addition is a 7,200dwt cargoship recently renamed Ziltborg and which has an ice-class 1A notation and two-holds. Previously called Vechtdiep and under the Liberian flag, the 118 metre long vessel’s new Dutch owners are Royal Wagenborg who have reflagged the ship to the Netherlands.

Acquisition of Ziltborg last month will be a perfect fit for Wagenborg’s existing fleet of ice-strengthened multipurpose dry-cargo vessels. Ziltborg will offer worldwide trade carrying options such as forest products and (break-)bulk cargoes.

Ziltborg is expected to enter service under Wagenborg colours soon and join the existing Corrib managed fleet of four vessels. The Corrib ships sail as part of the Wagenborg fleet and they in turn act as chartering agents for the Irish based group.

Among the quartet of ships is Cathma which Afloat in August covered with a ‘snapshot’ of her trading work having discharged fertiliser in Foynes from Latvia.

Work on the Ziltborg is taking place in the floating dry-dock of the Royal Niestern Sander shipyard. The facility is located in the north-east of Netherlands with a direct connection to the North Sea via the port of Delfzijl.

The location is also the head office of Wagenborg which has a large fleet of around 170 vessels, mostly box-shaped ice-classed dry-cargoships with a capacity of 23,000dwt.

One of these fleetships, Keizersborg (1996/6,142grt) docked in Dun Laoghaire Harbour in 2013 loaded with Guinness fermentation tanks. The stainless steel cylinders, each weighing 30 tons were craned ashore at Carlisle Pier. Overnight truck conveys took the project cargo to St. James's Gate Brewery, where the plant in central Dublin was undergoing a major €153m upgrade.

The arrival of this large cargoship within the harbour was witnessed by crowds along the East Pier. Coverage of the unloading spectacle was also published in Ships Monthly, June 2013 issue.

Published in Ports & Shipping

#CargoshipFocus: Corrib Shipping, a Dublin based ship management company, whose Cathma, one of four cargsoships, is at anchor offshore of Cork Harbour this morning awaiting orders, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The 3,990 gross tonnage Cathma, flagged in Curacao a Dutch island in the Caribbean, had sailed light yesterday from Foynes Port. The cargoship having discharged a cargo of fertiliser from Ventspils, Latvia.

Cathma had taken almost a week to complete the voyage from the Baltic to the Shannon Estuary port, one of six terminals operated by Shannon Foynes Port Company.

Along with her fleetmates, Cathma sails for Corrib Shipping based in Dundrum, Co. Dublin. Founded in 1995, Corrib comprises shipowning companies and employs officers and crew to man its vessels.

Cargsoships of Corrib sail as part of the Royal Wagenborg fleet, in which the Dutch shipping operator (alone has 170 plus vessels) act as chartering agents for the Irish company.

The other members of the Corrib dry cargsoship carrier quartet are Cora Jo, Jolyn and Cathy Jo. The latter vessel likewise of Cathma were built by Ferus Smit’s yard in Leer, Germany.

The shipbuilder's Dutch yard in Westerbroek is where Arklow Shipping Nederland B.V. had their first of 10 ‘C’ class leadships, Arklow Cadet launched in June.

Published in Ports & Shipping

Ferry & Car Ferry News The ferry industry on the Irish Sea, is just like any other sector of the shipping industry, in that it is made up of a myriad of ship operators, owners, managers, charterers all contributing to providing a network of routes carried out by a variety of ships designed for different albeit similar purposes.

All this ferry activity involves conventional ferry tonnage, 'ro-pax', where the vessel's primary design is to carry more freight capacity rather than passengers. This is in some cases though, is in complete variance to the fast ferry craft where they carry many more passengers and charging a premium.

In reporting the ferry scene, we examine the constantly changing trends of this sector, as rival ferry operators are competing in an intensive environment, battling out for market share following the fallout of the economic crisis. All this has consequences some immediately felt, while at times, the effects can be drawn out over time, leading to the expense of others, through reduced competition or takeover or even face complete removal from the marketplace, as witnessed in recent years.

Arising from these challenging times, there are of course winners and losers, as exemplified in the trend to run high-speed ferry craft only during the peak-season summer months and on shorter distance routes. In addition, where fastcraft had once dominated the ferry scene, during the heady days from the mid-90's onwards, they have been replaced by recent newcomers in the form of the 'fast ferry' and with increased levels of luxury, yet seeming to form as a cost-effective alternative.

Irish Sea Ferry Routes

Irrespective of the type of vessel deployed on Irish Sea routes (between 2-9 hours), it is the ferry companies that keep the wheels of industry moving as freight vehicles literally (roll-on and roll-off) ships coupled with motoring tourists and the humble 'foot' passenger transported 363 days a year.

As such the exclusive freight-only operators provide important trading routes between Ireland and the UK, where the freight haulage customer is 'king' to generating year-round revenue to the ferry operator. However, custom built tonnage entering service in recent years has exceeded the level of capacity of the Irish Sea in certain quarters of the freight market.

A prime example of the necessity for trade in which we consumers often expect daily, though arguably question how it reached our shores, is the delivery of just in time perishable products to fill our supermarket shelves.

A visual manifestation of this is the arrival every morning and evening into our main ports, where a combination of ferries, ro-pax vessels and fast-craft all descend at the same time. In essence this a marine version to our road-based rush hour traffic going in and out along the commuter belts.

Across the Celtic Sea, the ferry scene coverage is also about those overnight direct ferry routes from Ireland connecting the north-western French ports in Brittany and Normandy.

Due to the seasonality of these routes to Europe, the ferry scene may be in the majority running between February to November, however by no means does this lessen operator competition.

Noting there have been plans over the years to run a direct Irish –Iberian ferry service, which would open up existing and develop new freight markets. Should a direct service open, it would bring new opportunities also for holidaymakers, where Spain is the most visited country in the EU visited by Irish holidaymakers ... heading for the sun!

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