Cyprus’ Marine Accident Investigation Committee (MAIC) announced that the investigation of the man overboard fatality from the container ship ‘Elb Trader’ in the Port of Dublin, South Ireland, in January 2018 is still ongoing. France, Cyprus, Italy and Tunisia are jointly involved in the investigation.
Port of Dublin
According to local sources, new figures show continued strong growth at Dublin Port this year, with total throughput — in terms of cargo volumes — up 4.7% on a year-on-year basis in the first nine months to 28.4 million gross tonnes. Cargo volumes have now increased by 36% in 6 years and the Dublin Port Company said it needs to accelerate its capital investment plan to boost port capacity as growth is already outstripping its long-term ‘masterplan’ growth rate.
Ireland’s Marine Casualty Investigation Board issued an accident report on a fatal incident onboard the RoRo ferry ‘European Endeavour’. While the ferry was loading the vehicular cargo, on 22nd June 2017, in Dublin, one of the crew was found unconscious at the rear of a trailer. After unsuccessful resuscitation attempts, he was declared dead.
Dublin Port announced growth in cargo volumes of 4.7% to 28.4m gross tonnes for the first nine months of 2018. Within this total, imports increased by 6.0% and exports by 3.0%. 82% of the port’s volumes are in Ro-Ro trailers or Lo-Lo containers. The Port also informed that it needs to invest €1 billion in the next ten years.
Masterplan 2040 Reviewed 2018 comes after an 18-month review period, which included extensive public consultation and the completion of major environmental studies, including a Strategic Transportation Study and a Strategic Environmental Assessment, which identifies reduced environmental impact from the developments.
The world’s largest short sea Ro-Ro vessel, owned by Luxembourg-based CLdN, was christened in a ceremony at Dublin Port, on 20 April. With a capacity of 8,000 lane-meters, and a length of 235 metres, ‘MV Celine’ represents the next generation of super ferries servicing the Irish Port.
Dublin Port will invest in new infrastructure based on its Masterplan to 2040 and a programme of works is already underway. The company invested €75 million in port infrastructure in 2017 and plans to invest a further €132m during 2018. As a result, investment plans will need to accelerate.
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