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Liebherr Announced as Sponsor of Irish Maritime Forum 2014
The Liebherr Maritime Crane Division was announced as sponsor of the first ever Irish Maritime Forum which will take place in Corks City Hall on Friday 26th September 2014. The forum themed Developing the Dynamic Future for Irelands Maritime Sector will focus on exploring the future of the maritime sector within Ireland and will look closely at the challenges and opportunities faced by many within the industry.
Delegates from across the Irish maritime sector are expected to attend the forum which is being hosted by the Port of Cork in conjunction with the Irish Ports Association.
Commenting on the partnership with Liebherr, Mr John Mullins, Chairman of the Port of Cork, said I am delighted to welcome Liebherr on board as key sponsor for the forum, which is already generating significant interest from key players across the maritime sector. As a leading manufacturer of industrial machinery including maritime cranes, Liebherr plays an important role in the commercial shipping business both in Ireland and further afield.
Brendan Keating, Chief Executive of the Port of Cork Company, added The Port of Cork is honoured to be hosting this forum in Corks City Hall and we hope that delegates will benefit from attending the forum and also enjoy Cork City and its many attractions.
Mr Pat OLeary Managing Director of the Liebherr Maritime Division, with production plants in Killarney, Nenzing, Rostock and Sunderland, commented that The Port of Cork has been a partner of Liebherr for almost 50 years. Liebherr is delighted that this Forum is being held in Cork and is proud to be associated with this important event for the Maritime sector in Ireland.
Speakers confirmed for the forum include Mr Vincent De Saedeleer, Vice President of Port of Zebrugee; Mr Alan Gray, Managing Director of the Indecon International Consulting Group; Mr Liam Lacey, Director of IMDO; Captain Fredrik Van Wijnen, General Secretary of the Confederation of European Shipmasters Associations (CESMA), Isabelle Ryckbost, Secretary General of the European Sea Ports Organisation and Christophe Mathieu, Deputy Managing Director of Brittany Ferries.
Delegates interested in attending the Irish Maritime Forum 2014 can register now by logging on to www.irishmaritimeforum.ie. Early registration is advised as places are limited.
For further information
and to view the full programme, visit www.irishmaritimeforum.ie
East eagerly awaiting word on the commencement of the promised dredging
of the harbour along with the necessary regulations associated with the
useage of the harbour during the process - hopefully it is sorted soon
as the very busy herring season is due to commence soon! Photo courtesy
Finances Under Fire and Under Question as Harbours Owed €5m in Rent
The Comptroller and
Auditor General has completed a report on the financial management of
the fishery harbour centres. The report was been presented to the Houses
of the Oireachtas on the 8th July.
Fishery harbour centres
were established under the Fishery Harbour Centre Act 1968 as centres
in which to promote and develop sea fishing activities. Six centres have
been designated under the Act. Overall responsibility for their management
and operation rests with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
The day-to-day operations
of the centres are funded through harbour dues and charges set by law
and rents from properties. In addition, annual capital grant funding from
the Exchequer is made available for the development and maintenance of
The Department took
over responsibility for management and operations of the centres from
the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in October
2007. From then until April 2008, transition arrangements were applied
to facilitate the transfer of responsibility. However, those arrangements
were not effective, and resulted in significant lapses in invoicing of
Over the period 2007
to 2011, €4 million in rental income was received by centres. Over
€2 million in rent was billed retrospectively, of which €360,000
remains to be collected. In one of these cases, rent had not been billed
for eight years, resulting in a build up of arrears of €264,000.
In another case, the sale of a property agreed in 1993 had still not been
completed- a deposit of 50% of the sales price was received in 1993, but
there was no rent billed on the property since then.
Around €1.2 million
of harbour dues was billed retrospectively by the Department due to a
variety of weaknesses and errors. Delays in processes led to another €210,000
not being billed and deemed to be irrecoverable by the Department. Due
to perceived difficulties in collecting dues from foreign vessels, a non-statutory
flat rate charge was applied up to 2012. Had the applicable statutory
rate been charged, an estimated additional 10% in dues could have been
The Department has
updated and enhanced its accounting systems to address these weaknesses.
This took time to resolve and further strengthening of systems for rent
collection is ongoing.
The Department has
also experienced difficulties in generating a return from the use of car
parking facilities at some harbours. Based on the charges in place under
the legislation, Howth could have generated car parking fee income of
between €250,000 and €400,000 annually before taking account
of operating costs. However this should be tempered by the fact that the
development of a car park at Rossaveel in 2011 cost €340,000. It
was expected to generate €580,000 annually before VAT and operators'
costs, but it only realised a net income of €11,000 in its first
12 months of operation due to a number of unforeseen circumstances. A
business case for the investment to develop the parking facilities was
not available for review, setting out an assessment of the projected costs
Given the extent of
retrospective billing, the Department faced significant challenges in
collecting debts. Over €5 million was owed to the centres at June
2013. The Department has taken a number of steps to collect outstanding
amounts which have had varying degrees of success.
The form of the centres
accounts was devised many years ago. Unusually, they are prepared on both
a cash and accruals basis. Some of the accruals-based information is not
consistent with current accounting practice, and there is scope to improve
the quality and usefulness of the financial information presented.
The nature of the
activities of the centres, the significant assets at their disposal, and
the accounting transactions are unlike other activities administered by
the Department, and may require a revised governance and organisational
structure tailored to cater for these activities.
A copy of the report
can be found at www.audgen.gov.ie
Together the Chairman
and Chief Executive of the Port of Cork Company announced that the first
ever Irish Maritime Forum will be held in Cork City Hall on Friday September
26th 2014. The forum themed Developing the Dynamic Future for Irelands
Maritime Sector will focus on exploring the future of the maritime
sector within Ireland and will look closely at the challenges and opportunities
faced by many within the sector. The forum which will attract delegates
from across the entire Irish maritime sector will be hosted by the Port
A unique platform
of both national and international speakers is expected at the forum such
as Mr Joachim Coens, President of Port of Zebrugee, Mr Alan Gray, Managing
Director of the Indecon International Consulting Group, Mr Liam Lacey,
Director of IMDO, Captain Fredrik Van Wijnen, General Secretary of the
Confederation of European Shipmasters Associations (CESMA), Isabelle
Ryckbost, Secretary General of the European Sea Ports Organisation and
Christophe Mathieu, Deputy Managing Director of Brittany Ferries. With
more speakers due to be announced, each speaker will bring his/her own
expert knowledge and experience to the forum.
Speaking at the announcement,
Mr John Mullins, Chairman of the Port of Cork, said: The Irish Maritime
Forum is a unique event in that it will be the first time a forum attracting
the entire maritime industry in Ireland will come together to jointly
share and learn from each others experience. The theme Developing
the Dynamic future of Irelands Maritime Industry is aimed
at everyone within the maritime sector, from ports, ship owners and operators,
shipping lines, stevedore, plus maritime associations such as the Irish
Institute of Master Mariners and the Chamber of Irish Shipping to name
The Port of
Cork is honoured to be hosting this forum which will be held in Cork City
Hall on Friday 26th September 2014. We hope that delegates will benefit
from attending the forum and also enjoy Cork City and its many attractions.
in attending the Irish Maritime Forum 2014 are asked to register now by
visiting www.irishmaritimeforum.ie The Irish Maritime Forum will feature
a host of events including a welcome address by an Irish Government Minister,
lunch, gala dinner and a partners programme.
For further information
please see full programme at www.irishmaritimeforum.ie
or contact email@example.com Exhibitor places available plus excellent
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