Sea Echoes: Cork Harbour crane operation indicates there is more to come

Sea Echoes: Cork Harbour crane operation indicates there is more to come
The Offshore Heavy Transport vessel 'Albatross' at Cork Dockyard for the loading of three Liebherr manufactured port cranes for export to Puerto Rico. Picture: David Keane.

The loading of the Offshore Heavy Transport ship Albatross at Cork Dockyard drew a lot of people to the village of Monkstown on the opposite bank of the River Lee over the past week to view it. 

The ship was an unusual sight and the operation was a considerable maritime engineering project, widely and appreciatively acknowledged by the harbour community. 

This appears to indicate that positive developments are welcome. There is a dichotomy between those and unwelcome ones which the Ringaskiddy Development Association, across the harbour, has described as causing “overwhelming worry and stress demoralising the mental health and well-being of residents.” Those comments are a concern and should be to those involved.


A Cork City man has been appointed to lead a major fish farming development in Norway. Cathal Dineen from Blackrock holds a Batchelor of Science in Animal Biology and a Master’s Degree in Aquaculture from UCC. 

Cathal Dineen from Blackrock.
Cathal Dineen from Blackrock.

He has been involved in growing a variety of species, working in Ireland and internationally. Now Cathal has been appointed to lead production for Nordic Aquafarm’s ‘Seafood Facility’ at Fredrikstad on the Southern Coast of Norway. This will be the first commercial land-based facility in Norway to farm Atlantic salmon. Construction is underway. The production, he said, will be free of sea lice, due to the use of land-based tanks. 

“My goal has always been to push the boundaries of what can be achieved in modern fish farming.”

Prior to this appointment, he had been Operations Manager with Kuterra on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, the first in North America to use recirculating aquaculture system technology to grow Atlantic salmon on a commercial scale. Kuterra are also developing the Norwegian facility.


Schull Community Harbour Development Company, formed to develop and extend the West Cork harbour, has applied for approval for the construction of a 270-metre rock armour breakwater, a 220-metre reinforced concrete floating breakwater, a 178-metre commercial berthing pontoon, a 225-berth marine, plus reclamation, a 10-metre wide leisure craft slipway and landside amenities including a promenade, car park, dinghy park and a utilities building. 

Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, is responsible for deciding on the application, the Company says.


“A clear indication of Government tardiness and disinterest in rural and coastal communities,” was the comment of a member of the Irish Islands Marine Resources Organisation which met representatives of political parties at the Dáil. Their concern is that no action has been taken on the Joint Oireachtas Sub-Committee Report “Promoting Sustainable Coastal and Island Communities.” 

It was published three years ago in January of 2014. Enough said!


A new species of hermit crab with legs and pincers shaped and striped like candy is being called the “candy stripe hermit” by researchers. Found in the National Marine Park off the Southern Caribbean island of Bonaire it is just a few millimetres wide. Its official scientific name is Pylopaguropsis mollymullerae!


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