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 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 Linkedinlast_img read more

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Trends in entanglement of Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) in man-made debris at South Georgia

first_imgA study conducted at South Georgia in 1988/1989 indicated that several thousand Antarctic fur seals were entangled mainly in man-made material originating from fishing vessels. Consequently, the authority responsible for the management of Southern Ocean marine resources (CCAMLR) actively campaigned for compliance with the MARPOL provisions relating to waste disposal at sea, and for cutting of any material unavoidably jettisoned which could form collars to entangle seals. Five subsequent years of recording entangled fur seals confirms that entanglement is a persistent problem, although its incidence has been halved in recent years. However, the South Georgia fur seal population has approximately doubled in the same period, so that the overall total of animals entangled may even have increased. Nevertheless, because most seals entangled are juvenile males, the current rate of entanglement will have negligible effects on the reproductive rate of the South Georgia population, especially in relation to its current rate of population increase. The reduction in observed entanglement incidence cannot be attributed mainly to improved waste disposal practices because it has coincided with substantial reductions in fishing activity around South Georgia. However, the particular reduction in entanglement due to packing bands and the fact that all such bands washed ashore over the last 2 years have been cut, does suggest a general improvement in standards of waste disposal on Southern Ocean fishing vesselslast_img read more

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Medallion Clue #6 – July 6, 2015

first_imgToday’s Clue:They have the need – the need for speed.Past Clues:Clue #5 The Birdman.Clue #4Thieving made legal.Clue #3The battle begins here.Clue #2The Court is now in session.Clue #1We began this venture in 1986Who would have thought we’d still be hereThe hunt begins…in honor of Jerry Blunk who hid the medallion for several years.last_img

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