Counterpoint: Shipping

Counterpoint: Shipping

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Belfast Harbour, Hull, Liverpool, Rotterdam, Warrenpoint




Transmission 18/10/1990


26min 41sec




1 inch



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Brian Black investigates the closure of the Belfast to Liverpool ferry and explores the options which could replace the service.

With views of the Saint Colum I ship in Belfast, the last sailing to Liverpool the vessel will make is captured, as cars and people board and the crew prepare. Brian Bradley (Security Manager), speaks about the effect the closure will have on passengers and the loss of jobs it means for the crew, one of whom, Kevin McCormick, explains his dismay at having to look for another job.

The reason of the service closure, Justin Merrigan (Shipping Correspondent), believes is due to the cost it will take to replace the vessel and "unfortunately a lot of ferry companies are run by accountants". However, new possibilities are now on the horizon with mention of the Seacat Ferry providing a new service. 

Gordon Irwin (Belfast Harbour Commissioners), is positive that the Belfast to Liverpool is an incredibly viable route. Other routes which could be opened are also mentioned, in particular, Warrenpoint. Councillor Jim McCart (SDLP), chats about how the development of the port will have a very direct impact on the town which will only be positive. Similarly, Quintin Goldie (Warrenpoint Harbour Authority), is enthusiastic about the ports potential with 40% of the trade currently coming from the Republic of Ireland and mentions the emergence of a single market, in which trade will once again expand.


A UTV Production. 

Research: John McCaffery

Director: Lynne Davidson

Editor: Jamie Delargy

Also Featured: Captain Jimmy Fullerton, Mike Aiken,  Professor Austin Smith, Tony Farrell and Councillor Patrick Doyle (Hull Council)



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