For larger cruise ships, Dingle Harbour needs funding for upgrades

If Dingle is to host larger cruise ships, harbour upgrade plans require funding now.

That was the message sent by Fine Gael Cllr Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald to Minister Michael Creed, speaking on RadioKerry yesterday.

Dingle Harbour upgrades

The 400ft National Geographic Explorer docked at Dingle Pier. Photo by Marian O’Flaherty

An initial tranche of funding was provided last year to draw up a harbour plan and the Cllr said the completed designs now required funding to allow the harbour channel to be widened from 40m to 60m, and for an increase in the turning table from 90m to 120m to allow larger vessels to come to the pier.

Cllr Cosaí Fitzgerald said cruise companies have expressed an interest in Dingle; last summer the 400 foot National Geographic Explorer docked at the pier after being guided in by Harbour Master Nigel Collins.

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