Busiest year since 2008 at Fenit harbour

FENIT harbour had its busiest year since 2008 last year with cargo traffic through the port up significantly on the previous four year according to the latest harbour traffic figures released by the Central Statistics Office.

The traffic figures show that in 2012, 19 large cargo vessels, the largest an 11,000 tonne boat that visited 11 times, passed through Fenit Harbour.

A total 24,000 tonnes of goods left Fenit in 2012, destined primarily for countries outside the EU. It's understood the vast majority of the goods that were exported through Fenit were cranes an other materials manufactured by Liebherr Cranes in Killarney.

According to the figures no goods were actually imported through the port.

All the goods exported though Fenit were classed as "break bulk" or general cargo that must be loaded individually rather than using containers.

While the final quarter of the year was quietest, with just three ships arriving at Fenit, the other arrivals were spread relatively evenly throughout the year.

According to the figures no goods were actually imported through the port.

It's the busiest year the port has enjoyed since 2008 and the port traffic recorded last year is more than double the amount that passed through the harbour in 2010.


THE company insolvency rate in Ireland in 2013 has dropped by almost one-fifth when compared to the same period last year.

812 companies, of which 23 were in Kerry, were declared insolvent between January 1 and June 24, 2013. Nationally the rate of insolvencies is down 17 per cent on the same period in 2012 when a total of 976 corporate insolvencies were recorded by the state.

According to the figures, 69 per cent of insolvent companies this year have been liquidated with a further 30 per cent entering receivership and the remainder going in to examinership.

The professional services sector was hardest hit followed by construction and then wholesale and retail.


THE Kerry County Enterprises Board is to hold a series of workshops aimed at helping those considering the option of self employment to start their own businesses.

The KCEB intensive Business Pre-Start Programme will take place in August and will involve three separate half day workshops, running on consecutive Tuesdays, which will be held non August 6, 13 and 20 at the offices of HR and Business Solutions at the Pier 17 building opposite the Marina Apartments on the Tralee Blennerville Road.

Places on the programme a limited to 12 so booking is essential. A place on the course can be booked online at www.kerryenterprise.ie.


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