Sea Echoes: Heavy lift ship returns to Cork for another crane operation

Sea Echoes: Heavy lift ship returns to Cork for another crane operation
Another heavy lift ship in Cork Harbour to load gantry cranes destined for Murmansk in Russia.

Cork Dockyard linked with Russia this week as another heavy lift ship loaded two gantry cranes for transport to Murmansk where they will be able to work in conditions from minus 40 to plus 40 degrees Centigrade. 

A team from Doyle’s Shipping Group secured them to the deck of the Hansa Heavy Lift ship, Congo, for the voyage which will take a week. They were manufactured by Liebherr Container Cranes in Killarney, are 29 metres wide and 30 metres high, with a safe working load of 41 tons. They were assembled and commissioned by Liebherr mechanical and electrical engineers over the past few weeks and underline the new role of the dockyard exporting complete cranes.


The Naval Service honoured Edward Bransfield at their Haulbowline base at the weekend when Recruit Class Bransfield had their passing-out parade. 

Commodore Hugh Tully said the Navy was honouring the Corkman who had first set eyes on Antarctica as another great Irish mariner. Eugene Furlong of the Bransfield Commemoration Committee was a guest-of- honour. 

He told me that he had heard of an Irish Antarctic Swim being organised for 2020 and emphasised to the organisers that they should honour the Ballinacurra man. “Bransfield is the man and interest in him is growing,” he said.


Cork solicitor Dermot Conway has achieved national reputation as a representative of fishermen and their industry. He is not happy with how TDs have been dealing with fisheries matters. 

“It is nothing short of appalling to watch TDs accept at face value all sorts of nasty assertions being peddled about the industry,” he writes in the September edition of the national fishing paper, Marine Times.

 “It is a disgrace to see public representatives forming opinions based on ‘fake news’ he wrote in an article headed, ‘The Danger of Spin. 

“The fishing industry is facing an onslaught of ‘fake news’ accusations which are nearly impossible to deal with.” He referred to the Dail’s Joint Oireachtas Committee “accepting a statement that only 42 permits exist for migrant workers in the industry when my office alone has renewed 123 such permits.” 


Humpback whales are becoming a more common sight around New York and New Jersey where the Hudson River was once a US national symbol of pollution. 

They are in such numbers that whale watching tours have been started. 

It has taken since 1972, when a Clean Water Act was introduced, to lure marine life back. There are fears, though, that President Trump’s attitude to the environment may set back the improvement.


Kim Roberts is a mixed media artist living and working on the shores of Cork Harbour who collaborates with the sea, “with which I have a symbiotic relationship to produce my work,” she says, announcing her first solo exhibition, ‘Stop the Lights’. 

It will be held this Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm at the Old Boathouse, Currabinny.


The MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy in Cork has released a fun animation about human engagement with the ocean. It shows the sea heading to the Moon because it is disillusioned with the way it is being treated on Earth!

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