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On Saturday, May 14, two ships will be in port together. The MS L'Austral is due to arrive at 7am and an hour later, at 8am, the MS Albatros is scheduled to berth.
On Sunday, at 2.30pm, the MS Boudicca will arrive and, on Monday, 16th, the prestigious MS National Geographic Explorer will tie up at 1.30pm.
Ann Dorrian, who welcomes visitors at the Killybegs Information Centre, said: "This is going to be a very busy few days but we are delighted to see such an interest in Killybegs by the cruise companies."
She added: "Many of the passengers and crews book our Hidden Gems tour up Sliabh Liag and along the spectacular coast road. They are never disappointed."
Saturday will be the big day in Killybegs in more ways than one. As well as the two ships, L'Austral with more than 260 French visitors and the Albatross with 830 Germans, the town will be host to a bus load of American visitors, courtesy of the Cork-based company, EIL Intercultural Learning.
The newspaper has more here.
Pontoons in Cape Clear, West Cork a small craft harbour in Killybegs, County Donegal and dredging works in Howth, County Dublin are part of an €18m Capital Investment Package in 2016 for the development of Ireland’s fishery harbour network announced today by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney T.D. See the full table below.
Announcing the investment package, the Minister said “In total I am allocating €18m for this year's Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme. I have set aside €16m towards safety, maintenance and new development works at the six Fishery Harbour Centres at Howth, Dunmore East, Castletownbere, Dingle, Rossaveel and Killybegs. I am also making €2m available for a Local Authority Harbour Programme, and I am assessing specifically what is required to address storm damage at Local Authority owned fishery harbours.”
Flagship projects in the 2016 Capital Programme (see table1) include the provision of dedicated Ferry pontoons on the West Pier in Howth, infrastructure upgrades in Dunmore East, commencement of the Dinish Wharf expansion Project in Castletownbere, expansion of the small craft harbour in Ros an Mhíl and the Smooth Point pier extension in Killybegs. The Minister continued, “While there are a number of flagship projects for completion this year, of equal importance is the preparatory work for significant potential projects in Howth, Dunmore East, An Daingean and Ros an Mhíl”
The 2016 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme outlined by the Minister also contains funding of €2m to assist coastal Local Authorities repair, maintain and develop piers, harbours and slipways under their ownership. The Minister stated “I am delighted to continue to support Local Authorities in their efforts to maintain and develop the fishery harbour network which provides much needed facilities for our rural fishing and marine focussed communities. A number of smaller fishing piers around the coast experienced some damage during the recent storms and we are currently assessing how best to assist Local Authorities in carrying out repairs”
Concluding on the 2016 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme, the Minister said “This year’s programme is significant on a number of fronts, firstly it provides for the continuation of this Governments strategy to develop and improve the facilities at our fishery harbours in 2016. Secondly it prepares the groundwork for potential projects in the coming years all of which will benefit the fishing industry, seafood processing sector, other ancillary marine industries.”
Table 1- Fishery Harbour & Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme 2016
- Traffic Management Works
- East Pier Repairs
- Pontoons to west pier for ferry landings
- Engineers office
- Preparation of Dumping at Sea licence
- Provision of Berthing Face to Middle Pier
- Electric Works West Pier
- Gas Main
- Other Services (Sewers,ducting,watermains)
- Harbour Office Upgrade
- West Wharf upgrade
- Breakwater (Design Report)
- Harbour Road re-surface
- Harbour User toilet and Shower facilities
- Dinish Wharf Expansion
- Harbour Slipway
- Quayside Electrical Upgrade
- Harbour Offices Upgrade
- Replacement of water network Dinish
- Dinish Bridge Survey
- Workshop Design ,Planning and commence works
- Capital Dredging Navigation Channel – Dumping at sea
Licence, tender preparation and preparation works
- Net mending area
Ros an Mhíl:
- Quay Development – Design, Evaluations, Consulting, EIS, Permitting and preparation works
- Small craft Harbour – Dredging
- Repairs to Blackrock/Auction Hall Piers
- Small Craft Harbour
- Smooth Point Pier Development
- Landing Pier Fendering
- Landing Pier Electrical Design/Works
- Boatyard investment
|Total Departmental Owned Marine Infrastructure projects||€12.875|
|Safety and Maintenance and Non-Discretionary and Contractual Capital Commitments 2016 (incl Disability Access)||€3.120|
|Total Local Authority Harbour Development and Marine Leisure||€2.000|
|Total Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme|| |
#KillybegsP&O - Killybegs first visitor from P&O Cruises, the 30,000 tonnes Adonia set sail last night as a lone piper played on the pier to mark her departure.
Adonia had arrived in the port yesterday morning with about 700 passengers on board.
The master of the cruiseship, Captain David Box, called in at the Killybegs Information Centre and presented a commemorative plaque to Manager, Anne Dorrian, and the team.
For more on the debut call of the prestigious cruise operator, see yesterday's DonegalNow.com
Another P&O caller and the largest ever cruiseship due to Killybegs as Afloat previously reported is the 69,000 tonnes Oriana on 26 June.
The 1,800 passenger ship is one of a record breaking season of eight cruise callers this year to visit the north-west port.
#Cruiseliners - Killybegs Information Centre has confirmation through Sinbad Marine Services that three visits to the port in 2015 have been scheduled by the prestigious brand P&O/Carnival Lines.
The cruiseships to visit Killybegs under the P&O Cruises flag will be the largest passenger ships so far to use the port. Among the brands of Carnival Group are famous lines such as Cunard, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line.
P&O's Adonia is due in port on June 17 and will return for a second visit on July 21. A second P&O Cruises fleet-member Oriana, which is twice the size, is due to berth on June 26.
The calls by P&O brings to a total of eight callers confirmed for 2015, and passenger figures visiting Killybegs next year is greater than last year's season, itself a record.
The 30,000 tonnes Adonia, with a length of 180.45 m (592 ft) is smaller by comparison to the 69,000 tonnes Oriana with a length of 260.00 m (853.02 ft).
Adonia has a capacity for more than 800 passengers while Oriana has a maximum capacity of more than 1,900 passengers with a crew of just under 800 (794).
Anne Dorrian of the Killybegs Information Centre said "This is great news and we hope it will lead to even bigger vessels visiting Killybegs in the future".
"The Adonia is a pathfinder ship, exploring ports which the larger ships of today had not previously considered. Hopefully, her visit will pave the way for some of the most splendid ships in the Carnival fleet to come to beautiful County Donegal."
She added "Between 2009 and 2014, there have been 52 visits by cruise ships to Killybegs with over 22,000 passengers and more than 6,000 crew. In 2015, the eight ships confirmed will bring an estimated 6,300 passengers to the town.
Carnival Cruise Lines is a British-American owned company, based in Florida and the brand is one of ten forming Carnival Corporation & plc.
The line has the largest fleet in the group, with 24 vessels accounting for more than 21% of the worldwide market share.
#marinefood – A proposed joint venture project by Killybegs Fishermen's' Organisation (KFO) and Norwegian firm Biomarine Science Technology (BST) will, subject to planning permission, State Aid, and the approval of Enterprise Ireland, create up to 50 jobs during construction.
A further 70 jobs will be created when full production commences at the end of 2016. The Plant will extract high-end proteins, oils and calcium from fish for use as food ingredients and will initially have the capacity to process up to 50,000 tonnes of raw material annually.
Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine today attended an information launch by Biomarine Ingredients Ireland (BII) of their plans to build the largest marine food ingredients plant in the world in Killybegs, Co. Donegal.
The Minister said "With increasing food ingredient prices and a shortage of quality protein in the market, there is a significant opening for the products which this new venture can produce. The increased focus on health and rising demand for foodstuffs high in healthy content has led to rapid growth in the global health and sports nutrition market. This new venture can become a key player in that market and will bring much needed employment to Killybegs and the North West Region. Killybegs is the perfect location for this new facility, with Ireland's 70% share of the EU quota for boarfish, the main input raw material for this new venture, and with KFO members landing 40,000 tonnes of this species in 2013. I am working closely with all involved to help bring this proposed project to fruition".
#multibeam – A new multibeam sonar system fitted to the Marine Institute's Research Vessel Celtic Voyager will allow a new level of detail of seabed features to be captured during important mapping surveys around our coast.
It will greatly increase the capability of the vessel to acquire seabed bathymetry data as part of the INFOMAR seabed mapping program and other projects.
See how the new sonar operates in the promo vid below.
The new EM2040 system will be the primary mapping tool during upcoming INFOMAR survey operations offshore County Galway, Clare, and West Cork, extending the Irish seabed coverage around our coast.
This seabed mapping activity will support ocean energy development and fisheries management, and provide improved navigation for safe shipping and transport.
It was successfully installed onboard the RV Celtic Voyager during a recent dry docking in Killybegs, Co. Donegal.
The EM2040 system which was purchased from Kongsberg Maritime was installed on the vessel at the Department of Marine shipyard in Killybegs by P&O Maritime with the assistance of Mooney Boats of Killybegs.
This system replaces an older system which has been in use since 2000.
#Seafood - Marine Minister Simon Coveney has welcomed plans by the Killybegs Fishermen’s’ Organisation (KFO) and a Norwegian partner to build the largest marine food ingredients plant in the world in Killybegs, Co Donegal.
The plant, due to become fully operational by 1 January 2017, will produce valuable high-end marine protein for human consumption.
“This facility will become a ‘game-changer’ in the seafood sector," said the minister in his opening address at the BIM National Seafood Conference at Dublin's Aviva Stadium yesterday 2 April.
"It will position Killybegs and Ireland as a global leader in supply and research around new products and benefits from protein, oils and calcium associated with the sea," he added.
"This new processing facility arises from the new boarfish fishery which was developed by Irish fishermen over the past few years. In 2012, the EU introduced quota shares for the stock and Ireland secured 70% share of the fishery and has a quota of 88,000 tonnes in 2014.
"I am delighted that the new food ingredients project will maximise the value of a significant part of this fishery and centre the associated economic activity and jobs in the heartland of Ireland’s fishing community."
Minister Coveney confirmed that while the plans are at an early stage, “discussions are underway to finalise the full funding of the project. I look forward to the successful conclusion of these negotiations and to a formal announcement of this project in Donegal.
"KFO chief executive Sean O’Donoghue has invited me to Donegal to announce specific details of the project on 9 May, which I’m very pleased to accept subject to successful conclusion of the ongoing discussions.”
The focus of the conference, hosted by Bord Iascaigh Mhara and attended by seafood business leaders, global industry thinkers and world-renowned fisheries experts, was ‘capturing Ireland’s share of the global seafood opportunity’.
Minister Coveney added: “We all need to challenge our thinking and inform ourselves of best international practice so that Ireland will be able to position itself to maximise its share of the global seafood opportunity.
"Ireland may currently be a small player in the context of world seafood, however, given the huge resources around our coast it is clear that we should have major ambitions for sustainable growth of our seafood sector. This conference will contribute to making these ambitions a reality and the Killybegs food ingredients projects shows what can be done.”
#coastguard – Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has opened the newly-built Coast Guard Station in Killybegs which provides the voluntary crew with top-class accommodation and training facilities.
It's the third new Coast Guard building opened by Minister Varadkar since the election, and a fourth new premises will open at Doolin in the next few months. Minister Varadkar is hoping to open at least one new Coast Guard facility every year for the life-saving Coast Guard volunteers.
Minister Varadkar also confirmed that the Coast Guard has commenced a new round of recruitment for radio officers for its three monitoring stations in Dublin, Valentia and Malin.
Speaking at the opening, Minister Varadkar said: "I'm delighted to open this superb, purpose-built Irish Coast Guard Station and pollution control centre. I want to thank the Coast Guard volunteers for their service and dedication to our coastal communities. This commitment is truly impressive and the Government is acutely aware of its importance. I'm pleased to announce that since my appointment as Minister, this is the third new station that we have opened for the Coast Guard volunteer sector."
The new Coast Guard station is located at the inner mouth of Killybegs Harbour on the new pier. The combined facility consists of a three story Coast Guard Station and an adjoining single storey Pollution Control Store. It provides volunteers with a safe and comfortable working environment, and secure, water-proof storage facilities for their life-saving equipment.
The Pollution Control Store at Killybegs is one of three regional centres used by the Coast Guard. It provides a base for the 25 volunteer members of the Killybegs Coast Guard team who are trained and equipped to operate as a boat team, cliff rescue and coastal search unit.
Irish Coast Guard Director Chris Reynolds said: "I am delighted to have this opportunity to welcome our many friends to Killybegs today on what is a proud day for Killybegs and its harbour. I extend a special welcome to representatives of the statutory and voluntary services including the Gardaí, RNLI, HSE, Navy, Fire Service and local authorities. I wish to thank Killybegs Coast Guard Unit for their many years of service to their community."
Killybegs Coast Guard Unit Officer in Charge Arthur Kee said: "This is a special day for the volunteer members of Killybegs Coast Guard Unit, for the town and surrounding community. On behalf of the unit I would like to thank the Minister and all those involved with the project including the OPW, Donegal County Council, the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, whose assistance with site provision is greatly appreciated, and the local Harbour Master Martin Connell."
Since 2011 new Coast Guard buildings have been opened in Goleen in West Cork, and Crosshaven in Co. Cork. The new buildings are a huge leap forward for the volunteers and replace the old garage buildings known as 'rocket houses'.
The new Coast Guard Station at Doolin, the busiest Coast Guard Station in Ireland, is expected to open within the next few months. Meanwhile planning is underway for new Stations at Westport in Co. Mayo and Greystones in Co. Wicklow.
#Killybegs - Various news outlets are reporting that a man has died after a freak accident at a fish processing plant in Killybegs in Co Donegal yesterday afternoon (10 January).
The Irish Independent has named the deceased as Kara McCole, a 21-year-old man from nearby Inver working as a forklift driver at the Sean Ward Fish Exports factory.
The man is said to have become trapped in machinery in a part of the plant where cartons are stripped, according to The Irish Times.
RTÉ News says the Health and Safety Authority is investigating the incident, which is the first workplace fatality of the year in Ireland.
The Belfast Telegraph reports that 71-year-old Vera Flynn became separated from her sister while walking the cliff path at Slieve League in Co Donegal.
According to the Donegal Democrat, it's believed she took a wrong turn on the path and slipped down the cliff face, becoming trapped in a ravine 400 metres from the top.
After a search lasting many hours, the woman was located by the Killybegs Coast Guard cliff rescue team and winched to safety, reportedly uninjured in her ordeal.
“There’s no doubt that this lady’s exceptional fitness helped her in this situation, given that she was out such a long time and it was such a hot day," said Killybegs coastguard press officer Shane McCrudden.