Vigo, Spain (PortSEurope) January 3, 2018 – Ireland’s government has chosen Castletownbere to build a warehouse for the storage of fresh and frozen fish, in order to gain market share and take advantage from the problems of Vigo port.
Under the project, the Irish government intends to double the length of the fishing dock at Castletownbere port to 400 metres by 2025 and build a new market for fresh fish. “This work – that of increasing fresh and frozen fish cargo – has already begun with the fishing centre of Castletownbere,” the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, said in a response to deputy Bernard J. Durkan.
One of the main actions is to develop and implement competitive measures to attract additional cargo to Irish ports and invest in necessary infrastructure, Creed said. The government has already approved an investment of €27.9 million ($33.5 million) to overhaul six of its storage places.
A total of €6.5 million ($7.8 million) will be invested in Castletownbere, which second by the volume of fresh fish in Ireland. But Dublin will also upgrade the port of Killybegs to take advantage of its proximity to the fishing industry. There, it will invest about €6 million ($7.2 million).
Ireland’s offensive will go further and will rest on a report commissioned by the Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management study, which will present the “incentives” with which they aspire to take part of the fresh fish traffic that Vigo port handles.
Castletownbere is a town in County Cork in southwest Ireland. It is located on the Beara Peninsula by Berehaven Harbour.
Castletownbere is currently one of the five main fishing ports on the island of Ireland. It is the largest fishing port in the country and the 2nd-safest natural harbour in the world
Source: Faro de Vigo
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