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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. 

Published in Ports & Shipping

#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.

Published in Ports & Shipping

#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."

 

Published in Ports & Shipping

The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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