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The potential of Foyle port is one of a number of projects which NUI Galway and Ulster University will develop under the Government’s North-South Research programme.

The two universities will work in partnership on the Atlantic Innovation Corridor as part of a €4 million project to advance understanding of the region and foster sustainable innovation.

The corridor is a cross-border collaboration that involves a series of research work programmes on sustainable regional development for the north-west of the island, the west and mid-west.

University of Limerick and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology are co-partners on the research.

It will focus on themes such as rural entrepreneurial ecosystems, business scaling, female entrepreneurship, digitalisation, freight connectivity and mental health.

The four-year project was announced this week by Taoiseach Michéal Martin and Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris.

Exploring international freight transport connectivity through the northwest of the island, including rail connectivity and the potential of Foyle port is one of a number of research areas identified.

The collaboration will also work on: a mentoring scheme for female entrepreneurs in the region; identifying economic growth bottlenecks and how to take action; and business masterclasses for growth.

Other areas will include mental health promotion; digital skills development, transformation and policy interventions in rural and peripheral regions; and the impact of Brexit and Covid on female entrepreneurship.

Establishing the region and the partnership as an internationally recognised centre of excellence for “impactful research” is also listed as a project theme.

“This investment in large-scale social science research will create a resource for the region and the country.” Professor Jim Livesey, NUIG vice president for research and innovation and principal investigator for the Atlantic Innovation Corridor, said.

“Our collaboration will produce engaged research that will help guide us through the transitions, digital, green and energy, that are before us,” he said.

“Alongside the well-documented environmental factors of sustainable development, this unique partnership aims to explore and address human considerations including the responsiveness of communities and sectors to mobilise for collective action and innovation.”

“From our progressive campus in Derry~Londonderry, we are uniquely placed to contribute to this three-city regional collaboration, incorporating research that can contribute insights, inform policy and drive forward practical solutions for the benefit of individuals, organisations and communities,” Professor Liam Maguire, Ulster University pro vice-chancellor for research said.

The North-South Research Programme is a collaborative scheme funded through the Government’s Shared Island Fund.

It is administered by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on behalf of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

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Plans to develop a multi-million euro deep water terminal for cruise ships at Greencastle (Co. Donegal), remain on course says the boss of Foyle Port, Brian McGrath.

According to the Derry Journal, Mr. McGrath said the port has estimated the massive infrastructure project is likely to cost between €30m and €50m.

Foyle Port had been ready to proceed with a detailed design for the new berthing facility just as the coronavirus pandemic arrived on these shores, Mr. McGrath told members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

“We had identified Greencastle as a natural deep water harbour. It lends itself very naturally to exploiting our tourist productions on both sides of the border.

“So consistent with [Irish] government policy and Executive policy what we were trying to do was to look to plug the gap that exists in the north west,” he told TDs, senators and MPs.

Much more here on this cross border development. 

Published in Cruise Liners

It has been announced that Foyleport had a record £10 million in turnover despite the uncertainty posed by Brexit.

The Derry harbour, reports The Irish News, recorded an operating profit of £1.9m during 2018/19, marking its seventh year of consecutive growth.

The record turnover followed the port's handling of record levels of animal feed and fertiliser.

It means that all three of the north's ports have reported growth in the past year.

In June, Warrenpoint Port said its turnover rose by 5.5 per cent to £6.1m during 2018.

Further reading on the story can be found here. 

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#FoylePort - Chris Hazzard the Ports Minister says a new departmental ‘Brexit Planning Team’ has been actively engaging with the authorities at Lisahally since the end of the summer.

As the Derry Journal writes the Minister said talks will continue as London proceeds with the process of withdrawing from the European Union.

“In August of this year I took the decision to establish a dedicated Brexit Planning Team within my department,” Mr Hazzard revealed.

“Since its formation, the team has actively engaged with numerous key stakeholders, including the Belfast Harbour Commissioners and the British Ports Association, of which Belfast, Foyle, Warrenpoint and Larne Ports are members.

For more on what the Ports Minister had to say, the newspaper has more here.

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#FoylePort – Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners have announced that shipping through the port increased by 27% over the past year leading to before tax profits of over £1.2m.

Chairman of Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioner Mr Garvan O'Doherty announced an excellent set of results for the year 2012 – 13 at the harbour commissioners recent annual general meeting.

Mr O'Doherty described the past year as a momentous one for the Port. "I was particularly proud of our role in the Clipper and Return of Colmcille events in the summer of 2012 and 2013. The development of marina infrastructure in the city centre – on time and on budget – provided a platform for the Clipper event which will live long in the memory of our citizens.

He added "Through Clipper and The Return of Colmcille, we worked alongside the key stakeholders in the city, and demonstrated that tapping into the potential of the Foyle helps to showcase the best this city has to offer."

"Over this period, the port's profile has been further enhanced by our sponsorship and support of City of Culture events such as the Return of Colmcille pageant – for which we provided technical marine support – and Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, which transfixed huge crowds here this summer. These events have greatly cemented the Port's reputation and we have also been proud to play a role in developing the marine aspects of what is now a formidable infrastructure for future tourism and economic development."

The recent announcement of £80 million of inward investment by Evermore Renewable Energy into the Port's land bank marks a major step forward for the Commissioners and the North West region, added Mr O'Doherty. "The location of the project at our Foyle Port facility is a major endorsement of the Port's ability to deliver large scale projects for the Region. It is also a validation of the Commissioners' decision, some years ago, to invest heavily in Port fixed assets and broaden its range of activities."

Outlining the annual results in greater details, Port Chief Executive Brian McGrath said the accounts contained in this annual report "reflect on ever improving operational performance with turnover of £6,412,615 with profit on ordinary activities before taxation of £1,225,218. This represents a significant increase in turnover driven by a 27% increase in tonnage handled. We are particularly grateful to all our customers and staff for their ongoing support."

"This is the last report which will be presented under the current Chairman's leadership. On behalf of the Commissioners we wish to publicly thank Garvan for his dynamic leadership and passion for the work of the Port and Harbour.

His fifteen years' service as Commissioner, Deputy Chairman and Chairman marks a distinguished career in Public Service and he leaves a strong legacy for the future."


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