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#CAPITAL CRUISE CALLS – Tonight two cruiseships are due to depart Dublin Port, they are Plantours Cruises Hamburg (2007/15,067grt), which made its maiden 'Irish' debut call to the capital, followed by Compagnie du Ponant's Le Diamant, writes Jehan Ashmore.

Plantours is a German based operator and is one of several new entrants providing cruises to Irish ports, as previously reported on Afloat.ie. Among the newcomers are MSC Cruises, whose MSC Lirica finally made her first call to Cobh at the weekend, as an earlier scheduled call this month, was cancelled due to bad weather.

Both the visiting vessels to Dublin Port today, had by coincidence arrived from Penzance, Cornwall and the Hamburg, is no stranger to the capital, having previously operated as Hapag-Lloyd's C. Columbus.

Whereas the French operated Le Diamant (1974/8,282grt) has been in Irish waters throughout this month, with a call to Galway on 17th August. On the same day Voyages of Discovery, which is part of the All Leisure Group, saw their Discovery also make an anchorage call of the mid-western port.

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#PORTS & SHIPPING REVIEW - Over the last fortnight Jehan Ashmore has reported from the Shipping scene where the Port of Cork Company posted an operating profit before exceptional costs of €1.3 million – down by €700,000 from 2010 – on a turnover of €21.4 million.

Dublin Port welcomed a new cruise operator, MSC Cruises when the 59,000 tonnes MSC Lirica made her maiden 'Irish' port of call, which was followed by visit to Cobh in mid-August. On the same day of MSC Lirica's call to the capital, P&O Cruises Adonia became the second caller so far this season to Foynes on the Shannon Estuary.

The luxury liner returned to Dublin yesterday, coinciding with The Tall Ships Race Festival and where today the fleet set off with the highlight of the 'Parade of Sail' which passed off Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Howth Peninsula. The Ecuadorian Navy's barque Guayas lead the parade, as they sailed past the anchored guardship L.E. Emer offshore of the harbour mouth.

For the first time the National Maritime Museum of Ireland in Dun Laoghaire, broke tradition by opening its doors to the public on Mondays, and this will remain so to the end of the summer.

The heavylift cargo-ship HHL Valparasio (2010/17,634grt), believed to be the largest vessel ever to dock in Fenit, Co. Kerry, loaded two ship-to-shore container cranes built by the Liebherr factory outside Killarney, which were bound for the Elizabeth Port, New Jersey in the US.

Also in the same county, the luxury 5-star cruiseship Hebridean Princess was on a 7-night cruise tour of the south-west coast based out of Cobh, where passengers had flown in from the UK. The cruise was unusual in that the ports were all concentrated in that region.

Also based out of Cork is the headquarters of Ardmore Shipping Ltd, whose first of four product tankers was marked by a keel-laying ceremony at a South Korean shipyard.

Single-route operator Celtic Link Ferries chartered ro-pax Celtic Horizon, is running her first peak-season sailings since introduced on the Rosslare-Cherbourg route in October last year.

During this week the Naval Service detained an Irish registered trawler in relation to alleged breaches of technical fishing regulations offshore of Ballycotton. The OPV L.É. Niamh (P52) escorted the vessel to Cork. This followed another detainment off Ballycotton and again an Irish trawler, for the same reasons, when the CPV L.É. Ciara (P42) escorted the vessel also to Cobh.

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#LIRICA CALLS AGAIN – Only on her second cruise call to Dublin Port, MSC Lirica (2003/59,058grt) as previously reported on Afloat.ie, docked this morning into the capital brimming with tallships, adding another attraction for cruise-goers, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The $250m ship, made her maiden call to Ireland just over a fortnight ago with over 3,000 passengers. The 251m long vessel operated by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) Cruises, which is the newest company to enter the Irish market and in total there are 90 callers to Dublin Port in 2012.

In May next year the port is to welcome another MSC Cruises vessel with the larger 293m MSC Magnifica, which cost $547million and was only completed in 2010.

The value of the sector is estimated to generate €35 and €50 million for the local economy, bringing over 100,000 high-spend passengers and crew to the city and surrounding areas' shops, attractions and eateries each year.

Add to that, an estimated 1 million visitors over the four-day Tall Ships festival, not to mention the international crew of 1,500 and attendant publicity. Albeit the tallships festival in Dublin is an infrequent event as it was held in the capital in 1998.

However this is the opposite with the expanding cruise business sector, where increasingly larger liners are making more regular calls. In order to cope with capacity the Dublin Port Company's Masterplan 2012-2040 has proposed a new €110m cruise terminal identified beside the East Link toll-lift bridge, recent witness to the numerous tallships passing through.

On a nationwide basis, over the last two years, it has been estimated that the cruise ship industry has contributed €20.3 million. Noting many cruise-callers make visits to more than one Irish port, particularly those calling to the premier ports, where economic opportunities for the hinterland's could be worth a potential €60 million over the next few years.

The Swiss headquartered MSC group don't just operate cruiseships, and are not new to Ireland, as for several years through their global container shipping division, its operation here, MSC (Ireland) started providing direct container shipping routes.

Initially they used their own tonnage (later chartered vessels) from one of the world's largest containership fleets, where the MSC compass brand symbol can be seen on the mixed fleet but also on the containers themselves.

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#CRUISE LINERS – According to the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO), a number of calls by international cruise ships to Irish ports, many on their maiden calls to this country, have visited within the first half of 2012.

Irish Ports had confirmed visits for 202 international cruise liners this year and so far they have welcomed a broad collection of vessels including Princess Cruises 'Grand' class liner Grand Princess in January which lead to the disembarkation of an estimated 4,000 visitors to Dublin Port.

Also calling to the capital as previously reported was the $250m luxury cruise liner MSC Lirica carrying almost 3,000 passengers and Cobh during the month of August. She is due to make a repeat call to both ports this weekend, firstly to the capital and then sailing overnight to Cobh.

Over the past two years, it has been estimated that the cruise ship industry has contributed €20.3 million to the island of Ireland.

With the increase in bigger liner ships calling to this country there are clear indications that the contribution that the cruise industry is making to the Irish economy will have a significant influence on the economic opportunities for the hinterland's of Irish host ports, and could be worth a potential €60 million over the next few years.

Most recently, at the Cruise Europe Conference 2012 held at Royal Greenwich, London, Captain Michael McCarthy of the Port of Cork, was unanimously elected Chairman of Cruise Europe. Captain McCarthy is currently serving as Commercial Manager with the Port of Cork Company.

Commenting on the Irish cruise business, the newly elected chairman of Cruise Europe, Captain Michael McCarthy said: "There are many indirect economic and tourism benefits to Ireland from the cruise sector, as well as the benefit of introducing Ireland to new markets and growing business opportunities. Cruise visits help to showcase Ireland's world class shore products, destinations and highlight all that Ireland has to offer visitors."

He continued: "One of Ireland's advantages is the strategic and geographic spread of its numerous ports, many of which are in close proximity to world class tourism destinations and it is with this in mind that Ireland will be promoted with the North and Atlantic European destinations to develop thriving and 'must see' destinations".

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#CRUISE LINERS – In 2012 the Dublin Port Company can look forward to welcoming 90 cruiseship calls, slightly up compared to this year's season, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The sector in 2011 performed positively with a 7.5% increase in cruise passengers on board 87 cruise-calls. In total  they brought over 135,000 passengers and crew to the capital, generating between €35 - €55m to the local economy.

The increase in passengers brings the total number of high-spend cruise passengers to almost 750,000 since 2000, providing a boon to city-centre businesses to the tune of over €400m in that period.

Once again cruiseships from the leading operators are scheduled to Dublin Port in 2012. They will appear in the form of  the small, medium and giant-sized ships, many of which will be making more than one cruisecall throughout the season, which starts in April and culminates in October.

To view a timetable of cruiseships calling to Dublin Port see below.

A newcomer will be Kristina Katarina (1982/12,668grt) which is operated by Finnish owners Kristina Cruises. The former Russian ship replaced Kristina Regina last year due to new safety regulations which forced the veteran vessel to withdraw from service. 

Mediterranean Shipping Lines (MSL) which operates container services to Ireland, will be deploying the 1,560 passenger MSC Lirica (2003/59,038grt). To view more about this French built cruiseship click HERE.

While the veteran Arion (1965/5,888grt) makes a welcome return for those with an affinity to smaller classic vessels, she orignially served in the Adriatic and was built at the Uljanik Shipyard in Pula, Croatia.

Ship Name ETA Ship Length Expected From NAME
ARION13/04/2012 12:00118.00FalmouthBurke Shipping Group
GRAND PRINCESS18/04/2012 07:00289.52nullBurke Shipping Group
QUEST24/04/2012 06:0049.65British - OthersHamilton Shipping
LE BOREAL26/04/2012 07:00142.10nullBurke Shipping Group
MARCO POLO28/04/2012 07:00176.28British - OthersHamilton Shipping
ALBATROS04/05/2012 10:00205.46nullBurke Shipping Group
BOUDICCA06/05/2012 07:00206.96nullBurke Shipping Group
LE BOREAL06/05/2012 07:00142.10nullBurke Shipping Group
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS11/05/2012 05:30289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
QUEST FOR ADVENTURE11/05/2012 07:00170.00nullBurke Shipping Group
QUEST13/05/2012 05:0049.65British - OthersHamilton Shipping
VISION OF THE SEAS16/05/2012 11:00279.00CherbourgHamilton Shipping
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS17/05/2012 06:30289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
SEABOURN SOJOURN17/05/2012 07:00198.19nullHamilton Shipping
SILVER WHISPER18/05/2012 07:00186.00BelfastBurke Shipping Group
CALEDONIAN SKY24/05/2012 05:1590.60British - OthersHamilton Shipping
BRAEMAR24/05/2012 06:30195.92nullBurke Shipping Group
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS29/05/2012 06:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
DELPHIN30/05/2012 07:00156.27British - OthersHamilton Shipping
SILVER EXPLORER01/06/2012 05:30108.11nullBurke Shipping Group
ARION01/06/2012 06:00118.00British - OthersBurke Shipping Group
AZAMARA JOURNEY01/06/2012 07:00181.00Scilly IslesHamilton Shipping
VENTURA05/06/2012 02:00288.61nullHamilton Shipping
SILVER CLOUD06/06/2012 07:00155.81nullBurke Shipping Group
SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER06/06/2012 07:00206.50nullHamilton Shipping
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS10/06/2012 06:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
ATHENA12/06/2012 06:30160.08British - OthersBurke Shipping Group (D9)
MARINA13/06/2012 07:00251.46nullHamilton Shipping
BLACK WATCH14/06/2012 06:00205.47nullBurke Shipping Group
AIDACARA15/06/2012 06:30193.34CorkInterocean Agencies Ltd.,
MARINA20/06/2012 07:00251.46nullHamilton Shipping
ARCADIA23/06/2012 05:00285.11nullHamilton Shipping
SAGA SAPPHIRE02/07/2012 07:00199.50nullBurke Shipping Group
ARCADIA05/07/2012 03:00285.11nullHamilton Shipping
PRINSENDAM05/07/2012 07:00204.00nullHamilton Shipping
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS11/07/2012 06:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
EUROPA11/07/2012 11:59198.60British - OthersHapag Lloyd (Irl) Ltd.,
NAUTICA20/07/2012 07:00181.00nullHamilton Shipping
PRINSENDAM21/07/2012 06:00204.00nullHamilton Shipping
MINERVA21/07/2012 07:00133.00nullHamilton Shipping
DEUTSCHLAND21/07/2012 07:00175.30nullLeinster Shipping (Agencies) Ltd
MARCO POLO26/07/2012 07:00176.28British - OthersHamilton Shipping
MEIN SCHIFF II29/07/2012 06:00263.90BelfastHamilton Shipping
NAUTICA31/07/2012 07:00181.00nullHamilton Shipping
AZAMARA JOURNEY01/08/2012 15:30181.00British - OthersHamilton Shipping
HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS01/08/2012 19:3071.63nullHamilton Shipping
QUEEN ELIZABETH04/08/2012 10:30294.00nullHamilton Shipping
MAASDAM04/08/2012 11:00219.21nullHamilton Shipping
OCEAN PRINCESS05/08/2012 06:00181.00nullBurke Shipping Group
CLIPPER ODYSSEY07/08/2012 07:00102.96BelfastHamilton Shipping
ASTOR07/08/2012 09:30176.26nullHamilton Shipping
KRISTINA KATARINA09/08/2012 06:00137.10nullHamilton Shipping
SILVER CLOUD09/08/2012 07:00155.81nullBurke Shipping Group
ADONIA09/08/2012 07:00181.00nullHamilton Shipping
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS10/08/2012 06:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
MSC LIRICA14/08/2012 07:00251.25ObanHamilton Shipping
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS16/08/2012 01:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
PRINSENDAM18/08/2012 06:30204.00nullHamilton Shipping
HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS18/08/2012 09:3071.63KinsaleHamilton Shipping
AIDACARA19/08/2012 06:30193.34CorkInterocean Agencies Ltd.,
OCEAN PRINCESS20/08/2012 06:00181.00nullBurke Shipping Group
ORIANA20/08/2012 11:59260.00nullHamilton Shipping
CLIPPER ODYSSEY21/08/2012 02:15102.96BelfastHamilton Shipping
QUEST FOR ADVENTURE21/08/2012 07:00170.00nullBurke Shipping Group
MSC LIRICA25/08/2012 07:00251.25ObanHamilton Shipping
SAGA SAPPHIRE26/08/2012 06:00199.50nullBurke Shipping Group
AIDAAURA26/08/2012 06:30203.20La CorrunaInterocean Agencies Ltd.,
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS27/08/2012 07:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
HAMBURG28/08/2012 09:30145.00British - OthersHamilton Shipping
LE DIAMANT28/08/2012 11:30124.19nullBurke Shipping Group
PRINCESS DAPHNE29/08/2012 07:15162.39FalmouthBurke Shipping Group
PRINCESS DANAE30/08/2012 07:00162.31BelfastBurke Shipping Group
CRYSTAL SYMPHONY31/08/2012 02:30238.01BelfastHamilton Shipping
DELPHIN01/09/2012 07:00156.27FalmouthHamilton Shipping
SILVER EXPLORER02/09/2012 05:30108.11nullBurke Shipping Group
EXPLORER02/09/2012 07:15180.40nullBurke Shipping Group
JEWEL OF THE SEAS04/09/2012 03:45293.95CorkHamilton Shipping
MSC LIRICA04/09/2012 07:00251.25ObanHamilton Shipping
THOMSON SPIRIT05/09/2012 06:45214.66CorkHamilton Shipping
CRYSTAL SYMPHONY07/09/2012 05:30238.01nullHamilton Shipping
MARCO POLO07/09/2012 07:00176.28British - OthersHamilton Shipping
MARINA08/09/2012 07:00251.46nullHamilton Shipping
SEABOURN SOJOURN12/09/2012 06:00198.19nullHamilton Shipping
SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER13/09/2012 07:00206.50nullHamilton Shipping
ALBATROS14/09/2012 07:00205.46nullBurke Shipping Group
EMERALD PRINCESS15/09/2012 08:15288.61nullBurke Shipping Group (D9)
LE DIAMANT16/09/2012 11:30124.19nullBurke Shipping Group
OCEAN COUNTESS26/09/2012 08:30163.56La CorrunaHamilton Shipping
NORWEGIAN SUN27/09/2012 07:00258.57GreenockHamilton Shipping
OCEAN COUNTESS08/10/2012 08:30163.56VigoHamilton Shipping
MARCO POLO12/04/2013 03:45176.28British - OthersHamilton Shipping
CROWN PRINCESS26/04/2013 11:59288.63nullBurke Shipping Group
FRAM05/05/2013 07:00113.86CorkHamilton Shipping
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS08/05/2013 07:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
ARTANIA16/05/2013 07:00230.61nullBurke Shipping Group
CELEBRITY INFINITY17/05/2013 06:30294.00CorkHamilton Shipping
MEIN SCHIFF I18/05/2013 06:00263.90BelfastHamilton Shipping
TBN18/05/2013 07:00999.00WaterfordHamilton Shipping
SILVER EXPLORER19/05/2013 05:30108.11nullBurke Shipping Group
VISION OF THE SEAS20/05/2013 07:00279.00CherbourgHamilton Shipping
SILVER WHISPER20/05/2013 07:00186.00nullBurke Shipping Group
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS21/05/2013 07:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
EXPLORER22/05/2013 06:45180.40BelfastBurke Shipping Group
SILVER EXPLORER25/05/2013 06:00108.11nullBurke Shipping Group
BRAEMAR27/05/2013 11:30195.92nullBurke Shipping Group
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS27/05/2013 11:59289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
MSC MAGNIFICA28/05/2013 03:45293.80GreenockHamilton Shipping
TBN30/05/2013 06:00999.00British - OthersHamilton Shipping
SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER05/06/2013 07:00206.50CorkHamilton Shipping
CELEBRITY INFINITY08/06/2013 09:30294.00WaterfordHamilton Shipping
DEUTSCHLAND09/06/2013 07:00175.30nullLeinster Shipping (Agencies) Ltd
MARINA09/06/2013 07:15251.46CorkHamilton Shipping
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS14/06/2013 07:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
ASTOR19/06/2013 06:00176.26CorkHamilton Shipping
PRINSENDAM23/06/2013 06:00204.00WaterfordHamilton Shipping
NAUTICA30/06/2013 07:00181.00Isle of ManHamilton Shipping
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS02/07/2013 07:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
SEA PRINCESS08/07/2013 11:59261.31nullBurke Shipping Group
ARCADIA09/07/2013 11:59285.11nullBurke Shipping Group
THE WORLD11/07/2013 09:45196.35GalwayHamilton Shipping
SEA CLOUD II14/07/2013 06:00117.00nullHamilton Shipping
AZAMARA QUEST14/07/2013 06:00181.00Isle of ManHamilton Shipping
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS14/07/2013 07:00289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
BOUDICCA15/07/2013 07:00206.96nullBurke Shipping Group
DEUTSCHLAND16/07/2013 07:00175.30nullLeinster Shipping (Agencies) Ltd
WIND SURF18/07/2013 07:00187.20HolyheadHamilton Shipping
BALMORAL18/07/2013 16:30217.91nullBurke Shipping Group
ARTANIA24/07/2013 11:59230.61nullBurke Shipping Group
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS26/07/2013 11:59289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
ORIANA26/07/2013 11:59260.00nullBurke Shipping Group
SAGA SAPPHIRE29/07/2013 07:00199.50nullBurke Shipping Group
EURODAM29/07/2013 07:00285.43nullHamilton Shipping
SEA CLOUD II30/07/2013 06:00117.00British - OthersHamilton Shipping
SILVER CLOUD31/07/2013 07:00155.81BelfastBurke Shipping Group
OCEAN PRINCESS01/08/2013 07:00181.00nullBurke Shipping Group
VEENDAM03/08/2013 06:00219.21WaterfordHamilton Shipping
MARINA07/08/2013 07:15251.46BelfastHamilton Shipping
QUEEN ELIZABETH07/08/2013 11:59294.00nullBurke Shipping Group
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS07/08/2013 11:59289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
PRINSENDAM09/08/2013 07:00204.00nullHamilton Shipping
CELEBRITY INFINITY09/08/2013 11:00294.00WaterfordHamilton Shipping
DISCOVERY09/08/2013 12:00168.74nullHamilton Shipping
EUROPA10/08/2013 06:00198.60AyrHapag Lloyd (Irl) Ltd.,
OCEAN PRINCESS10/08/2013 07:00181.00nullBurke Shipping Group
SILVER CLOUD11/08/2013 07:00155.81BelfastBurke Shipping Group
OCEAN MAJESTY14/08/2013 07:00135.30FalmouthHamilton Shipping
AIDACARA16/08/2013 06:30193.34CorkInterocean Agencies Ltd.,
BRAEMAR16/08/2013 07:00195.92nullBurke Shipping Group
PACIFIC STAR PRINCESS17/08/2013 07:0075.00CardiffHamilton Shipping
OCEAN PRINCESS18/08/2013 07:00181.00nullBurke Shipping Group
MSC MAGNIFICA19/08/2013 07:00293.80GreenockHamilton Shipping
CARIBBEAN PRINCESS19/08/2013 11:59289.56nullBurke Shipping Group
COLUMBUS 220/08/2013 07:00181.00Isle of ManHapag Lloyd (Irl) Ltd.,
ALBATROS21/08/2013 07:00205.46nullBurke Shipping Group
ORIANA21/08/2013 11:59260.00nullBurke Shipping Group
NAUTICA24/08/2013 07:00181.00BelfastHamilton Shipping
MINERVA25/08/2013 11:00133.00British - OthersHamilton Shipping
CRYSTAL SERENITY26/08/2013 01:00250.00nullHamilton Shipping
OCEAN PRINCESS27/08/2013 07:00181.00nullBurke Shipping Group
BOUDICCA28/08/2013 12:00206.96nullBurke Shipping Group
SAGA SAPPHIRE29/08/2013 07:00199.50nullBurke Shipping Group
AIDACARA30/08/2013 06:30193.34CorkInterocean Agencies Ltd.,
CELEBRITY INFINITY31/08/2013 07:00294.00WaterfordHamilton Shipping
WIND SURF31/08/2013 07:00187.20Isle of ManHamilton Shipping
OCEAN PRINCESS03/09/2013 07:00181.00nullBurke Shipping Group
THOMSON SPIRIT03/09/2013 07:00214.66BelfastHamilton Shipping
JEWEL OF THE SEAS04/09/2013 09:30293.95CorkHamilton Shipping
SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER09/09/2013 07:00206.50nullHamilton Shipping
BREMEN10/09/2013 07:00111.51British - OthersHamilton Shipping
VISION OF THE SEAS11/09/2013 05:30279.00CorkHamilton Shipping
SEABOURN PRIDE11/09/2013 05:30133.80nullHamilton Shipping
BOUDICCA13/09/2013 18:00206.96nullBurke Shipping Group
SILVER WHISPER14/09/2013 07:00186.00nullBurke Shipping Group
CARNIVAL GLORY22/09/2013 11:59290.20nullBurke Shipping Group
BOUDICCA23/09/2013 09:30206.96nullBurke Shipping Group
BOUDICCA03/10/2013 05:30206.96nullBurke Shipping Group
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About boot Düsseldorf: With almost 250,000 visitors, boot Düsseldorf is the world's largest boat and water sports fair and every year in January the “meeting place" for the entire industry. From 18 to 26 January 2020, around 2,000 exhibitors will be presenting their interesting new products, attractive further developments and maritime equipment. This means that the complete market will be on site in Düsseldorf and will be inviting visitors on nine days of the fair to an exciting journey through the entire world of water sports in 17 exhibition halls covering 220,000 square meters. With a focus on boats and yachts, engines and engine technology, equipment and accessories, services, canoes, kayaks, kitesurfing, rowing, diving, surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, SUP, fishing, maritime art, marinas, water sports facilities as well as beach resorts and charter, there is something for every water sports enthusiast.

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