Ice Plant funding secured

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

THE much needed upgrade to the Ice Plant at Kilkeel Harbour has been secured from the European Fisheries Fund.
296,000 has been approved by the Fisheries Fund and an additional 100,000 will be provided by the Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority.
Chief Executive of Anglo North Irish Fish Producers Organisation (ANIFPO), Alan McCulla has welcomed the news and said it is very welcome news for the fishing community in Kilkeel.
“It's good news as far as the Ice Plant in Kilkeel is concerned because it has been in need of an upgrade for some time now," he said.
“Ice is an essential element of the fishing business. It's very important when the fishing boats are at sea to have ice as fish and prawns must maintain their quality in their tip top condition.
“The Ice Plant in Kilkeel has had a series of issues over the years to the extent that the Harbour Authority talked about privatising the facility and as an organisation we were prepared to take the facility over but then the Harbour Authority changed their mind.
“With a slightly different structure in place it started to make money for the Harbour Authority and that has justified the investment that's in the pipeline.
“Fisherman have had problems with the Ice Plant as well, just with the practicalities of operating it. We just hope that the project, if it has been approved, will just put the necessary changes in place that it will become reliable."
It is still not yet known when the upgrades to the Ice Plant will be carried out.
“We will be discussing with the Harbour Authority in the near future when it will be upgraded because you need ice more during the summer and the last thing we want to see is the facility closed down during the summer months," said Mr McCulla.
“There will be a discussion with the Harbour Authority to see when it will be best to do this work."

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