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#Ports&Shipping - The Irish Times writes that Foyle Port, which has operations on both sides of the Border, plans to use its “unique” position to its advantage after Brexit, its chief executive said on Thursday.

Brian McGrath said the port, which has reported a record turnover of £9.1 million (€10.2 million), is the “key marine gateway for the North West of Ireland” and is already a very “good case study” in how to operate across different jurisdictions.

Mr McGrath said the port’s daily business straddles the Border from its headquarters at Lisahally on the outskirts of Derry to Greencastle in County Donegal where its pilots are based.

Foyle Port is managed by the Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners and their jurisdiction runs from Craigavon Bridge in Derry to a line drawn from the Tower on Magilligan Point to Greencastle Fort. The annual value of trade passing through the port is estimated to be in the region of £1 billion.

The newspaper has more on the story here.

Published in Ports & Shipping

#ports&shipping - A record-breaking 50% rise in profits has been announced by Foyle Ports and the news has led to the company's "strongest financial performance" in its 162-year history.

The Irish News reports that the Derry port reported its fifth year of consecutive growth at its Annual General Meeting, with record operating profit of £2.2million generated from a turnover of £8.6 million for the 2016/2017 period.

As documented previously the port re-invests all its profits to improve the business and upgrade facilities and last year capital investment totalled £3.6 million. This included state of the art tug boat to safeguard the future shipping operations in Lough Foyle. To date over £30million has been re-invested as part of the long-term capital expenditure programme.

For further reading on the financial performance of the north-west port, click here.

Published in Ports & Shipping

#Cruiseliners - Last year Derry/Londonderry welcomed nine callers and 3,727 passengers visiting the 17th walled city according to CruiseEurope.com

This year there are eight booked bringing 4,697 on vessels including those from Princess Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Saga and Noble Caledonia.

An on-pier welcome greets every ship and the aim is to make every passenger feel like a VIP whilst visiting. A complimentary, regular shuttle bus is offered to those wanting to explore the city independently.

There are two berths in the city centre, Queen’s Quay/Meadowbank with a maximum length of 135m, beam of 22m, draught of 6m (tidal) and air draught of 32m. Seven miles away there are two berths at the commercial port, Lisahally, where the maximum length is 195m, beam 29m, draught 7.5m and air draught 41m (tidal).

The tender port of Greencastle is 20 miles away. Here the maximum length is 325m and draught 11.25m. Foyle Port in Londonderry in partnership with Donegal County Council has commissioned a feasibility study to explore the deepwater potential at Greencastle tender port.

The proposed new cruise terminal will have the capability to safely berth the largest cruise vessels in the world without any tidal restrictions. A number of short-term developments are also in progress for Greencastle including additional pontoons to accommodate more tenders and increased space for coaches.

Less than a one-hour from Derry are UNESCO world heritage site, the Giant’s Causeway, and Bushmills whiskey distillery, the oldest licensed distillery in the world. County Donegal which is home to some of the finest links golf courses in Europe, for example the Royal Portrush Golf Club which will host the British Open in 2019.

The team at Visit Derry will work with cruiselines “to create authentic, memorable and exclusive shore excursions, ensuring a ‘LegenDerry’ experience for passengers!”, according to Aoife McHale, business & leisure tourism officer Visit Derry. For example, why just listen to an Irish music ‘trad’ session when you can pick up a ‘bodhran’ (Irish drum) and play? The association facilitates complimentary site visits for cruiseline shore excursion and port operations planners.

The top attraction is a guided tour of the city which, for passengers, is enhanced by adding animated characters and period re-enactments at various intervals. A themed literary tour is another option. Local academics can deliver lectures onboard, or in the city, on topics including Irish history, peace & conflict resolution and genealogy for special interest cruises.

Tours are varied, for example Derry was a base for the US Marines during World War II and the Battle of the Atlantic. Visit Derry, in partnership with a local Blue Badge Guide, has developed a WWII themed tour of the city complete with a vintage WWII-themed tea dance if time permits. Passengers can enjoy the 4th of July Independence Day celebrations at the Ulster American Folk Park or visit key locations where HBO series Game of Thrones was filmed.

Visit Derry will provide friendly ‘Welcome Host’ trained tourist information staff who will go on-board with visitor guides and maps and can arrange anything from private taxi tours and lunch reservations to hovercraft experiences and helicopter tours.

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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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