NewsBusinessShannon 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 WhatsApp Previous articleCompetition winnerNext articleGas meter tampering leads to court conviction for two Limerick householders Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie 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 Linkedin
The Indiana Department of Transportation will begin chip sealing along S.R. 121 Tuesday morning from S.R. 44 on the south side of Connersville to U.S. Highway 52.Maintenance crews hope to complete pavement operations along the 25 lane miles of north-south highway by midday Thursday, weather permitting.Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic around state workers and equipment.INDOT officials strongly advise motorists to drive with caution and at slow speeds on roads where chip seal has been freshly applied.Chip seal applications involve spraying liquid asphalt on the roadway, then topping it with small chips of limestone aggregate. This process extends service life of the highway by sealing pavement from moisture intrusion and ultraviolet ray degradation. In addition, chip seals improve safety for the motoring public by restoring a high coefficient of friction for added skid resistance.A fog seal will be placed atop the S.R. 121 surface at a later date.Chip seal/fog seal applications are extremely cost-effective for Hoosier tax payers. Experience shows that every $1 spent on this kind of surface treatment today saves $6 to $14 in expenditures later.
September baseball can be polarizing as a presidential campaign or the Pepsi Challenge, depending on the club to which you pledge your allegiance.For a contending team’s fans, September represents the final charge, where every win brings euphoria and each loss signals the apocalypse. For a losing ballclub, however, there are no heart pounding moments, only the slow drone of another summer lost. But that’s not to say Mudville — or Pittsburgh, or Kansas City or San Diego — is completely devoid of joy this time of year. Along with the realization that you didn’t need to budget for playoff tickets, September also brings expanded major league rosters, providing teams the opportunity to evaluate the talent that’s spent the summer toiling in the farm system. These minor leaguers provide slivers of hope, suggesting maybe next year will be the year; and with two low-A ballclubs calling eastern Wisconsin home, it’s easy to see all is not lost in the Dairy State.Before discussing the stars of tomorrow playing for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and the Beloit Snappers, it’s necessary to note the difference between the affiliated minor leagues and the independents. The Madison Mallards, of the all-you-can-drink tickets and zip-lining mascots, are an independent collegiate summer league team, where student-athletes compete with the hope of getting noticed by a major league scout. The Timber Rattlers and Snappers, which represent the Brewers and the Twins, respectively, are part of MLB’s minor league hierarchy. Players who excel with these teams will make their way up the ladder until they’re ready for the big crowds — and big pay days — of the majors. Minor leaguers take buses, not planes, to their games, and spend more time at Applebee’s and Arby’s then they do night clubs, but there is a light at the end of that tunnel.For Brett Lawrie, the light just grew a bit brighter. While Lawrie called Appleton home for much of his summer, he was just recently promoted to the Brewers AA affiliate in Huntsville, Ala. Undoubtedly, the promotion would not have been possible had he not shown some value in Joe McCarthy’s hometown. Hitting .275 with 13 HR, Lawrie put up a respectable .802 OPS, especially for a second baseman in the Midwest League, where offense often lags behind pitching. Unfortunately, those numbers would’ve looked even better had Lawrie been able to remain at his original position — catcher. Like many Brewers prospects of recent times, Lawrie’s big bat weighs down his defense. Put him in a lineup with Ryan Braun (a third baseman who couldn’t play third) and Mat Gamel (baseball’s version of Troy Williamson) and you have the makings of a young team that can hit dingers but won’t catch a ball or a break. Still, he’s only 19 years old, and Canadian to boot, so we shouldn’t be too hard on the kid.Down in Beloit, the only thing faster than the sound of jobs leaving is Aaron Hicks. Ranked No. 39 in Baseball America’s 2009 Top 100 (Lawrie was 81), Hicks personifies the type of player the Twins love drafting. He’s bursting with potential and he possesses the ever-enigmatic “five tools” — speed, defense, arm, hitting for contact, hitting for power — but he needs some refinement. Too often, “toolsy” players end up as speedy outfielders who can’t make contact or slug above their batting average. But there’s always reason to find hope in a switch-hitting center fielder who can seemingly do it all, and though his half season in Beloit has been unremarkable (a .240 batting average with only 2 HRs) no one will be giving up on him any time soon. Even more, if it’s decided four years down the road that he won’t become a major league outfielder, he can always try his hand at pitching, where his high school fastball peaked at 97 mph.But before we commission the Hall of Fame plaques, consider the folly in hailing two 19-year-olds as the heroes of their big league clubs. Remember the last time we anointed a young kid savior? Good early career, but he didn’t do much after 33. While Lawrie and Hicks have the talent to become impact players, every year we see a few former “can’t miss” prospects fade into oblivion.Too often the culprit of a promising career cut short is injuries. This is why pitching mechanics play such a huge role in the draft stock of a player, though both Tim Lincecum and Mark Prior could attest to the uncertain nature of that type of evaluation. There is a certain shame in seeing someone seemingly destined for greatness derailed by a blown out knee or shoulder, but it is nothing compared to the real killer in the minor leagues: youth.Many consider Jeremy Jeffress the brightest pitching prospect in the Brewers minor league system. Unfortunately, he hasn’t taken the mound for a couple of months, due to his second drug suspension. Apparently, Jeffress liked to complement his smoking fastball with some smoking of his own, and while he’s hardly a hardened criminal, he’s seriously jeopardized his future. This is why projecting minor league players is so dangerous; there are so many variables.Yet, as always, hope remains. And there are no indications that Hicks and Lawrie are made of glass or planning to remake a Cheech and Chong movie. It’s an uphill climb, but they have the pedigree and the big signing bonuses to keep us watching. At least until football season.Sean Kittridge will never forgive you, Gary Anderson. E-mail him ([email protected]) to share your pain.