Shannon Foynes Port Company announce plans for unprecedented expansion

first_imgNewsBusinessShannon Foynes Port Company announce plans for unprecedented expansionBy Staff Reporter – May 15, 2018 2859 O’Sullivan urges Limerick people affected by flooding to attend briefing Advertisement Twitter Foynes planning Ireland’s largest bulk port company, Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC), has announced plans for an unprecedented expansion at its general cargo terminal, Foynes, adding over two-thirds the size of its existing area.In the latest phase of a €64million investment programme launched three years ago, SFPC is to invest over €20million in enabling works alone to convert 83acres on the east side of the existing port into a landbank for marine related industry, port centric logistics and associated infrastructure.The project, which will be developed on a phased basis over the next five years, will require the biggest infrastructure works programme ever undertaken at the port, with the entire 83acre landbank having to be raised to all of 4.4metres.  The programme will also require the provision of new internal roads and multiple bridge access as well as roundabout access.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A planning application for the project, which has the capacity to attract hundreds of jobs to the Limerick town, has been lodged with An Bord Pleanála.  The same application will also see SFPC seek permission for modifications to its existing jetties and quays, including connecting its two main quays.  This will, in turn, extend the area at the port for mooring of vessels and other port related operations.The development is in line with the long-term programme outlined by SFPC under its Vision 2041 masterplan to transform its ports and the Shannon Estuary into one of the country’s premier economic zones.The move by SFPC is fully endorsed by the Government with the expansion of SFPC included in the recently published National Planning Framework and Project Ireland 2040 together with the inclusion of the Limerick to Foynes road, which will link the port directly to the national motorway network .“This planned investment by SFPC is essential if we are to introduce optionality into our existing national supply chain and promote regional balance and development.  This investment is fully consistent with the National Development Plan and National Planning Framework and will further establish the port of Foynes as a key national and international freight hub.” said SFPC CEO Patrick Keating.He continued: “Our business is back to peak boom-time levels in terms of tonnages but we are reaching capacity as it is.  So this is not a speculative play, it’s an absolute necessity as projected in Vision 2041 and even more so when the five to seven year lead times are factored in.  It is a huge logistical project as we will be raising an 83acre sit 4.4m, the depth essentially of four Olympic swimming pools on top of each other”The announcement was welcomed by locally based Minister of State at the Department of Finance Patrick O’Donovan. “This investment is a massive vote of confidence by Shannon Foynes Port Company in the potential of the port of Foynes and estuary.  It’s also an emphatic statement about the National Planning Framework”“The port company is on a very impressive footing now, has ambitious plans for the future and has also met and exceeded every single target since it unveiled those plans through Vision 2041 in 2014. This type of forward planning is going to deliver a very bright future for Foynes but, more than that, be a major driver of growth regionally and nationally,” he concluded.More about business here. Print State agencies join forces to tackle Foynes flooding threat Email Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleCompetition winnerNext articleGas meter tampering leads to court conviction for two Limerick householders Staff Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR An Bord Pleanála grants permission for King’s Island Flood Relief Scheme Shannon Foynes Port annual report Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State TAGSAn Bord Pleanalafoynesgovernmentplanning applicationprogrammeShannon Foynes Port Company Facebook Linkedinlast_img read more

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Antique hospital on lockdown after COVID-19 infects doctor

first_imgILOILO City – The Pedro L. Gindap Municipal Hospital (PLGMG) in Barbaza, Antique went on lockdown after one of its doctors tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). With this development, Gindap issued an advisory that PLGMG will temporarily not accept patients.“In the interest of public safety, we regret to announce that Pedro L. Gindap Municipal Hospital in Barbaza, Antique will temporarily stop admissions and outpatient department consultation starting June 30,” stated on the advisory.“We shall resume health care services until we are fit and capable to serve according to the requirements and standards set by the Department of Health. We seek your understanding and prayers for the good of the health workers and the community we serve,” it added. The now Western Visayas Patient No. 313 was a 53-year-old female and currently admitted at the hospital, Gov. Rhodora Cadiao announced. “Halos tanan nga staff kag walo ka pasyente ang na trace and ongoing ang swabbing,” Cadiao said. The doctor, according to Cadiao, exhibited symptoms of the viral disease and was immediately subjected to reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing on June 22. Her results came out Tuesday morning, June 30.“Nagkasore throat sia that’s why gin swab test bilang isa ka frontliner,” said Cadiao, who immediately called for emergency meeting with Dr. Rita Gindap, chief of hospital 1 of PLGMH.“Pagbaton sang resulta nag contact tracing lagi kami, ang imaw ya sa ospital gin isolate na. The whole hospital is on lockdown starting Tuesday, wala sang makagwa kag makasulod,” added Cadiao. Meanwhile, patients who were discharged at the hospital prior to the release of the doctor’s RT-PCR test result were advised to observe strict home quarantine.Cadiao as of this writing could not yet determine when the lockdown would be lifted.center_img Cadiao warned Antiqueños to avoid discriminatory acts against COVID-19 patients and healthcare workers in the province. Authorities will finish contact tracing and disinfect the entire hospital building, she said. The governor also disclosed that at least 60 persons had possible expose with the infected doctor.Of the 60, four were medical doctors, nurses, other hospital personnel and eight patients.Cadiao tapped the Philippine National Police (PNP) to expedite contact tracing. “Pasenya and understanding ang ginapangayo naton,” governor appealed./PNlast_img read more

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