We are sad to hear of the passing of our esteemed former colleague Frank Loughlin, Manager of the Transport & Shipping Section of CTT for many years.
One of the major impediments to the growth of exports from Ireland in CTT’s earlier years was the lack of regular, scheduled shipping connections to many of Irelands leading export markets. In the pre-containerisation years of the sixties, and even the seventies, connections to the major American ports, for example, were usually no more frequent than fortnightly, or even monthly. Later, containerisation arrangements via Liverpool gradually became available. But shipping to more distant markets remained a matter for careful advance planning and expert advice, for which purpose Frank was the Go To person for many Irish exporters. His expertise was also recognised by the Government who appointed him to the Board of the State-owned Irish Shipping Ltd.
Later, as the shipping situation eased with the growth of two way volumes, Frank’s logistical skills were deployed in the International Projects area of CTTs activities.(Our Chairman, Frank O’Conor, remembers providing assistance to Frank when he arrived in Lagos supervising delivery arrangements for an enormous quantity of Irish Aluminium cookware for the Nigerian Military!).
As Frank sails to his final port-of-call, we extend our condolences to his wife Bernadette, children Aongus and Louise and families; and for Frank we pray that he may Rest In Peace.