More Belgian trawlers arrive at the convenient deep-water berth at Dun Laoghaire harbor
Belgian fishing trawlers continue to use the convenience of Dun Laoghaire harbor on the east coast of Ireland to land their catch in the Irish Sea since Brexit.
No sooner had the last trawler left Dublin Bay harbor on Sunday than two more arrived early this morning.
The latest arrivals follow four large Belgian ships using the port this month, which more than doubled the sporadic arrival of such visits to Dun Laoghaire last year.
The strategic location of Dun Laoghaire harbor as an EU port in the middle of the Irish Sea may have been overlooked by commercial fishing fleets for years, but since Brexit it appears that Belgian fishermen quickly understood the advantage of the port of Dublin Bay.
As Afloat previously reported, trawlers, which catch whitefish in Cardigan Bay off the Welsh coast, used to land in Liverpool, but current Brexit deals are causing difficulties leading to the requirement alternatives in deep water.
The six-meter draft of the trawlers is simply too deep for other ports on the east coast (other than Dublin), so Dun Laoghaire harbor turns out to be a convenient and well-connected location.
Carlisle Pier provides easy access for trucks to the market. And this is not the only port the Belgians access, they also land fish in Cork, according to local sources.