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Dublin Port launches development proposals

Words: Roger Milne
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Dublin Port Company has lodged a planning application with An Bord Pleanála for the second phase of its multimillion-euro capital development programme, which is set out in its latest masterplan.

Proposed are phased development works within existing port lands in the north-eastern part of the port estate.

Key elements of the MP2 project.

  • A new open-structure Ro-Ro jetty for ferries up to 240m in length on an alignment north of the port’s fairway and south and parallel to – but detached from – the boundary of the South Dublin Bay and River Tolka Special Protection Area.
  • Lengthening an existing river berth to provide the Container Freight Terminal with additional capacity to handle larger container ships.
  • The redevelopment and future-proofing of Oil Berth 3 as a future deep-water container berth for the Container Freight Terminal.
  • Consolidation of passenger terminal buildings, demolition of redundant structure and buildings, and removal of connecting roads to increase the area of land for the transit storage of Ro-Ro freight units.

Redeveloping existing berths will give the port the capacity to handle one-third of the increases in ferry and container ship traffic that the company expects between now and 2040, as well as cope with growing ship sizes.

The masterplan explains how Dublin Port plans to handle twice the volume of traffic that it now does without expanding its actual area.

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