Port shock: ce­ment im­ports fin­ished

Septem­ber 1983

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

Shock news for Wick­low Port this week is that the ce­ment im­port trade through the port is def­i­nitely fin­ished. It will mean a big fall-off in Har­bour Board in­come and in dock­ers’ earn­ings.

The im­port of for­eign ce­ment through Wick­low was orig­i­nated about 12 months ago by Tom Goode, of Goode Con­crete Ltd. It evoked strong op­po­si­tion from Ir­ish Ce­ment Ltd, who ac­tu­ally lodged a planning ob­jec­tion with Wick­low Ur­ban coun­cil against the build­ing of a third and fourth silo at North Quay.

The trade was very wel­come at Wick­low and in­volved an av­er­age of three ships per month.

The Har­bour Board col­lected over £600 per ship in re­spect of dues and cargo rates while lo­cal dock­ers re­ceived over £50 per man per boat.

Wick­low Har­bour Board chair­man, Paddy Smith, ex­pressed his con­cern and dis­ap­point­ment when con­tacted dur­ing the week.

He said the whole thing had come as a sur­prise to him and said he had not been con­tacted by Goode Con­crete Ltd and was not of­fi­cially aware of what was hap­pen­ing.

A news­pa­per re­port that the Ir­ish Ce­ment-Road­stone Group was ar­rang­ing to buy ou tthe Wick­low fa­cil­ity from Goode Con­crete Ltd could not be con­firmed. How­ever it was con­firmed that the si­los on the Packet Pier are to re­main the prop­erty of Tom Goode.

This con­fir­ma­tion came from the Wick­low ship­ping agents for Goode Con­crete Ltd.

Mr Frank Con­way of RF Con­way & Co waid on Wed­nes­day that he had been in­structed by Mr Tom Goode to look for new business for the si­los.

Two of the si­los are fully op­er­a­tional while an­other two are par­tially com­pleted.

Work on the lat­ter was held up as a re­sult of a planning ob­jec­tion from Ir­ish Ce­ment Ltd but it is ex­pected that this ob­jec­tion will be with­drawn now and the ad­di­tional two si­los can be com­pleted.

Mr Con­way con­firmed on Wed­nes­day that the ce­ment trade is def­i­nitely fin­ished at Wick­low but he was op­ti­mistic that it would be re­place by a grain and feed­stuffs im­port and ex­port trade.

Mr Con­way stated: ‘We are in­volved in ne­go­ti­a­tions for a new im­port and ex­port trade in grain and food­stuffs. Keen in­ter­est is being shown and we are very op­ti­mistic.’

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