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One of the UK's biggest ports, the Port of Liverpool is where dock workers have announced they have called off a planned strike after reaching a deal on pay.

Dockers numbering almost 600 and who are members of the union Unite at the Port of Liverpool had taken part in previous strikes. Further action was scheduled to take place on 14 November after the union said pay talks had ended in "chaos".

The port's operator, Peel Ports Group said an agreement had been reached and would be put to union members in a vote that is to take place later in the week.

Details of the dockers deal have not been released.

BBC News has more on the Merseyside port where strike action had only affected container operations.

Published in Ports & Shipping

At one of the UK’s largest container ports, dock workers in their hundreds are beginning a fresh two-week strike in a dispute over pay, which could further disrupt the country’s supply chains.

The union Unite which nearly has 600 members at the Peel Ports owned Port of Liverpool, will strike again from Monday (24 October), after the union said talks designed to resolve the dispute ended “in chaos”.

The union had accused the board of operator Peel Ports of intervening to stop a deal, which it said had been agreed in principle, from going ahead.

According to Unite’s general secretary, Sharon Graham, said the Unite team had “negotiated in good faith with Peel Ports”. “But the talks ended in farce, with the deal agreed between Unite and senior management being pulled by the board,” she said. “Strike action by our members and with the full support of Unite will go ahead.”

For more on this latest strike, The Guardian reports.

Published in Ports & Shipping

Halloween decorations, DIY materials and heavy machinery deliveries bound for Ireland could face delays as a two-week dockers’ strike at the port of Liverpool gets underway.

At least 560 workers were due to walk out of the port last night in a dispute over pay, according to the Unite trade union, just hours after Queen Elizabeth’s funeral and the end of a 10-day national mourning period.

The strike will affect the Port of Liverpool’s container division until October 3, although other operations – cruises, trailer traffic and bulk cargo – will be unaffected, the port said in a statement.

Although Liverpool does not handle time-sensitive food or other perishable goods bound for Ireland, it is a hub for goods coming in via container ship from Asia and the United States including goods destined for Irish retailers.

“Any disruption in England has a knock-on impact for Ireland,” said Aidan Flynn, chief executive of the Freight Transport Association of Ireland. “It’s like a concertina effect. Things get squeezed.” 

Independent.ie has more here on the strike on Merseyside. 

Published in Ports & Shipping

A new bridge will be part-funded by Liverpool City Council which will spend £200,000 on the project to connect Princes Dock to the new Isle of Man ferry terminal.

The Isle of Man Government says this will provide a more direct link to the city centre for ferry foot passengers than following a route along roads.

Council documents show the bridge will cost a total of £298,138.52.

Developer Liverpool Waters says the bridge will be ready for the opening of the new ferry terminal expected in June 2023.

As Manx Radio reports the development is expected to be ready when the terminal opens.

Published in Ferry

The Isle of Man Minister for Infrastructure doesn't think the ferry terminal project will cost more than already requested.

The minister doesn't believe work to the Liverpool Ferry Terminal project will cost more than has already been requested by his predecessor.

The project is expected to cost more than double what was initially requested of Tynwald.

Chris Thomas insists the June 2023 deadline is still realistic and says whilst not everything was straight forward with this project - he believes it's not right to penalise other off-Island projects in future.

ManxRadio reports including a link to the podcast with the Minister spreaking on the terminal that is to serve the route to Douglas Harbour.

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Chaos outside Paris’ Stade de France at the Champions League final is leading this morning’s headlines — and among the fans in the city were a group of resourceful Liverpool supporters who travelled part of the way by speedboat.

As the Liverpool ECHO reports, Paddy O’Toole said friends’ original travel plans appeared to have been scuppered by the cancellation of their EasyJet flight to Paris for the crunch football final.

After dashing from Liverpool to London, the group managed to get on a flight from Heathrow to Jersey in the Channel Islands, where Paddy lives, but that still left them hundreds more kilometres short of the French capital.

Enter Paddy’s friend Garry Brennan, whose local business has a fleet of motor vessels including the 12-person RIB that carried the intrepid group to the French mainland on Friday (27 May) in plenty of time to join thousands of other Liverpool away fans.

The Liverpool ECHO has more on the story HERE.

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UK ports group, Peel Ports has partnered with social enterprise Innovate Her to encourage diversity and inclusion across the organisation and promote STEM subjects to hundreds of female students across Liverpool.

The national port operator has pledged its support to the organisation after recognising that the maritime sector must become more inclusive and support greater gender diversity.

The latest collaboration is among several initiatives from Peel Ports to encourage more women into the business.

Innovate Her is a values-led social enterprise based in the North West, that aims to equip more women with the skills and confidence to pursue STEM-related careers. It specialises in delivering education and coaching to young people and has been operating since 2013.

Peel Ports has signed up to the organisation’s Impact Her package, which will see the port group attend community learning and networking events, host masterclasses in schools and virtual forums, and support up to 600 female students across Liverpool.

The announcement comes after the port group previously signed the Women in Maritime Pledge, overhauled its on-site PPE to accommodate female workers and has improved many of its employee-related procedures, including enhancing its maternity policy.

As part of the partnership, Peel Ports has already partnered with St Mary’s College in Sefton and employees from the Port of Liverpool are working with the school to promote STEM subjects to groups of students getting ready to pick their GSCE and A-level subjects in 2022.

Charlotte Havers, Senior HR Advisor at Peel Ports said: “We are aware of the gender gap that exists across the maritime sector as a whole and, while we are actively working to make the industry more inclusive for women, we recognise that there is still much work to be done.

“Partnering with like-minded organisations such as Innovate Her will help us to meet the challenges around diversity and inclusion at both a national and regional level. We aim to empower more young women with the confidence to complete STEM subjects and look forward to meeting some fantastic students, hopefully we can inspire them to consider careers in maritime.”

Mica Howarth, Marketing Manager at Innovate Her said: 'We are delighted to announce Peel Ports LTD as a partner. It's really great to see a powerhouse like them so passionate about our mission. We are very much looking forward to collaborating with Peel Ports on nourishing full career journeys of local teens, from igniting an initial flame of interest in STEM, to offering outstanding opportunities in the industry.”

Published in Ports & Shipping

Peel Ports Group in the UK has invested in two new ship-to-shore (STS) container cranes for the Port of Liverpool (Terminal 1), which were built by Liebherr Container Cranes Limited and likewise for the Port of Cork's new pair of STS cranes as Afloat reported today.

The investment at the Merseyside port of new infrastructure is to further support growth from Intra European Feeder networks (including Afloat's adds BG Freight Line) and specialist carrier Atlantic Container Line (ACL).

A significant investment for the company, the new container gantry cranes will increase the number of (STS) cranes at the terminal and overall berth productivity still further whilst increasing height and reach capabilities of the terminal.

The new design utilises high tensile steel and a lattice boom and beam construction, designed and built by Liehberr, resulting in a lighter crane with reduced wheel loads, a key consideration due to the narrow span and quay structure at the Port of Liverpool’s Terminal 1.

David Huck, Managing Director at Peel Ports said: Our investment in the very latest 'Panamax' container cranes at Terminal 1 demonstrates our long term commitment to investing in our customers and further compliments our Irish Sea hub proposition connecting the world to Liverpool and by far the largest consuming and exporting region of the UK.

The new cranes will significantly enhance the Port of Liverpool’s capabilities for ACL, as well as other current and future users of Terminal 1. For us, innovation and improvement are at the heart of our Port-centric solutions, and we’re excited to get the new cranes in place and commissioned for the start of 2022.

ACL is the Port of Liverpool’s longest-serving container carrier and, in 2019, signed a 15-year contract extension agreement with Peel Ports for container and roll-on / roll-off (RoRo) operations. The agreement is valid until 2035 and signifies ACL’s confidence in the growing volume of transatlantic trade between the UK and North America. (See Afloat's coverage dating from 2016 featuring Atlantic Star, leadship of ACL's 4th generation (G4) con-ro ships).

Andrew Abbott, CEO at ACL said: “Liverpool has been Atlantic Container Line’s home port in the UK for 54 years. The port has seen four generations of ships make calls twice a week as technology changed and transatlantic cargo volumes grew. ACL’s current generation of Container/RoRo vessel is twice as large as its predecessor, but uses the same footprint in order to fit through the lock at Royal Seaforth.

“To carry all the extra cargo, the new ships are considerably higher, so high, state-of-the-art gantry cranes are essential in order to productively handle them. Peel Ports answered the challenge with brand-new hardware, enabling them to handle the new ACL vessels more quicky and more efficiently than ever before.

“We congratulate Peel Ports for this fantastic accomplishment. ACL looks forward with confidence to a bright future at the Port of Liverpool.”

Published in Ports & Shipping

Isle of Man Infrastructure Minister has provided a recent update on the new ferry terminal in Liverpool.  

Tim Baker the Infrastructure Minister told the House of Keys that covid has added five million pounds to the bill for the new terminal.

On top of that it expected there will be an extra five percent added for other reasons.

Unexploded world war two bombs have had to be dealt with and the strain on the seawalls created by the powerful bow thrusters of the newbuild Manxman ferry.

ManxRadio reported the story and of a podcast of what Mr Baker told the Keys.

Published in Ferry

A completion date for the new £38m Liverpool landing stage for Isle of Man ferries has been delayed.

According to IOMToday, it will be in the summer, as the completion date for the ferry terminal was given as February 2021, but that has been put back to July of that year.

However, Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer said he was hoping it would be ready for the TT, which gets under way at the end of May.

The delay was due to the discharge of planning conditions and some legal agreements taking ’longer than anticipated’, he said.

It was also revealed that dredging is required for the project which Afloat adds will see the Isle of Man Steam Packet use the new terminal. 

For more on this development click here. 

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Howth Yacht Club information

Howth Yacht Club is the largest members sailing club in Ireland, with over 1,700 members. The club welcomes inquiries about membership - see top of this page for contact details.

Howth Yacht Club (HYC) is 125 years old. It operates from its award-winning building overlooking Howth Harbour that houses office, bar, dining, and changing facilities. Apart from the Clubhouse, HYC has a 250-berth marina, two cranes and a boat storage area. In addition. its moorings in the harbour are serviced by launch.

The Club employs up to 31 staff during the summer and is the largest employer in Howth village and has a turnover of €2.2m.

HYC normally provides an annual programme of club racing on a year-round basis as well as hosting a full calendar of International, National and Regional competitive events. It operates a fleet of two large committee boats, 9 RIBs, 5 J80 Sportboats, a J24 and a variety of sailing dinghies that are available for members and training. The Club is also growing its commercial activities afloat using its QUEST sail and power boat training operation while ashore it hosts a wide range of functions each year, including conferences, weddings, parties and the like.

Howth Yacht Club originated as Howth Sailing Club in 1895. In 1968 Howth Sailing Club combined with Howth Motor Yacht Club, which had operated from the West Pier since 1935, to form Howth Yacht Club. The new clubhouse was opened in 1987 with further extensions carried out and more planned for the future including dredging and expanded marina facilities.

HYC caters for sailors of all ages and run sailing courses throughout the year as part of being an Irish Sailing accredited training facility with its own sailing school.

The club has a fully serviced marina with berthing for 250 yachts and HYC is delighted to be able to welcome visitors to this famous and scenic area of Dublin.

New applications for membership are always welcome

Howth Yacht Club FAQs

Howth Yacht Club is one of the most storied in Ireland — celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2020 — and has an active club sailing and racing scene to rival those of the Dun Laoghaire Waterfront Clubs on the other side of Dublin Bay.

Howth Yacht Club is based at the harbour of Howth, a suburban coastal village in north Co Dublin on the northern side of the Howth Head peninsula. The village is around 13km east-north-east of Dublin city centre and has a population of some 8,200.

Howth Yacht Club was founded as Howth Sailing Club in 1895. Howth Sailing Club later combined with Howth Motor Yacht Club, which had operated from the village’s West Pier since 1935, to form Howth Yacht Club.

The club organises and runs sailing events and courses for members and visitors all throughout the year and has very active keelboat and dinghy racing fleets. In addition, Howth Yacht Club prides itself as being a world-class international sailing event venue and hosts many National, European and World Championships as part of its busy annual sailing schedule.

As of November 2020, the Commodore of the Royal St George Yacht Club is Ian Byrne, with Paddy Judge as Vice-Commodore (Clubhouse and Administration). The club has two Rear-Commodores, Neil Murphy for Sailing and Sara Lacy for Junior Sailing, Training & Development.

Howth Yacht Club says it has one of the largest sailing memberships in Ireland and the UK; an exact number could not be confirmed as of November 2020.

Howth Yacht Club’s burgee is a vertical-banded pennant of red, white and red with a red anchor at its centre. The club’s ensign has a blue-grey field with the Irish tricolour in its top left corner and red anchor towards the bottom right corner.

The club organises and runs sailing events and courses for members and visitors all throughout the year and has very active keelboat and dinghy racing fleets. In addition, Howth Yacht Club prides itself as being a world-class international sailing event venue and hosts many National, European and World Championships as part of its busy annual sailing schedule.

Yes, Howth Yacht Club has an active junior section.

Yes, Howth Yacht Club hosts sailing and powerboat training for adults, juniors and corporate sailing under the Quest Howth brand.

Among its active keelboat and dinghy fleets, Howth Yacht Club is famous for being the home of the world’s oldest one-design racing keelboat class, the Howth Seventeen Footer. This still-thriving class of boat was designed by Walter Herbert Boyd in 1897 to be sailed in the local waters off Howth. The original five ‘gaff-rigged topsail’ boats that came to the harbour in the spring of 1898 are still raced hard from April until November every year along with the other 13 historical boats of this class.

Yes, Howth Yacht Club has a fleet of five J80 keelboats for charter by members for training, racing, organised events and day sailing.

The current modern clubhouse was the product of a design competition that was run in conjunction with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland in 1983. The winning design by architects Vincent Fitzgerald and Reg Chandler was built and completed in March 1987. Further extensions have since been made to the building, grounds and its own secure 250-berth marina.

Yes, the Howth Yacht Club clubhouse offers a full bar and lounge, snug bar and coffee bar as well as a 180-seat dining room. Currently, the bar is closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Catering remains available on weekends, take-home and delivery menus for Saturday night tapas and Sunday lunch.

The Howth Yacht Club office is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm. Contact the club for current restaurant opening hours at [email protected] or phone 01 832 0606.

Yes — when hosting sailing events, club racing, coaching and sailing courses, entertaining guests and running evening entertainment, tuition and talks, the club caters for all sorts of corporate, family and social occasions with a wide range of meeting, event and function rooms. For enquiries contact [email protected] or phone 01 832 2141.

Howth Yacht Club has various categories of membership, each affording the opportunity to avail of all the facilities at one of Ireland’s finest sailing clubs.

No — members can join active crews taking part in club keelboat and open sailing events, not to mention Pay & Sail J80 racing, charter sailing and more.

Fees range from €190 to €885 for ordinary members.
Memberships are renewed annually.

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