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Dredging Works Completed Not Just for Ferries of Rosslare Europort

12th January 2017
File Photo: Stena Horizon which this afternoon docked in Rosslare. In the shadow of the ferry is alongside the 'bunker' tanker Mersey Spirit (see today's report). Also seen is the arrival of timber trader cargoship Ayress. The Irish Rail operated port has waived fees for cruiseships visiting from this year's season and up to 2019. File Photo: Stena Horizon which this afternoon docked in Rosslare. In the shadow of the ferry is alongside the 'bunker' tanker Mersey Spirit (see today's report). Also seen is the arrival of timber trader cargoship Ayress. The Irish Rail operated port has waived fees for cruiseships visiting from this year's season and up to 2019. Photo: Rosslare Europort

#Dredging - In recent weeks at Rosslare Europort a dredging programme was conducted within the harbour to remove spoil offshore, writes Jehan Ashmore.

Dredging operations were carried out by Sospan Dau and assistance from tug Trojan. The resultant spoil was taken offshore and near the Lucifer Bouy.

The works are to maintain sufficient depths at the ferryport's four (one not used) linkspans located on two piers. Asides the ferry industry, the Wexford port has timber trading cargoships and the first cruiseship, Braemar in two decades called last season. 

In further efforts to attract business the Irish Rail operated port are to waive fees for cruiseships calling during this year's season and up to 2019. 

Ferries sail to Wales and France and in the high season there are four services using three routes. They are operated by just two operators, Irish Ferries and Stena Line. Celtic Link Ferries year-round service to Cherbourg and route ship Celtic Horizon (Stena Horizon docked this afternoon in Rosslare) was acquired almost three years ago (March 2014) by the giant Swedish-owned operator.

At the height of Storm Barbara, the second of this year’s storms, Afloat noted Sospan Dau, the Boskalis operated trailing suction hopper dredger take shelter at Wicklow Port.

This saw the ship berth alongside the South Pier. It is along this breakwater during the Round Ireland Yacht Race is where crowds gather to watch the start of the biennial held event. The last such event was held last year.

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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