Monday 16 September 2019

Dublin Port gets planning approval for latest phase of its inland development

Looking to the future: Dublin port chief executive Eamonn O’Reilly aboard the MV Laureline in Dublin Port. Photo: PA
Looking to the future: Dublin port chief executive Eamonn O’Reilly aboard the MV Laureline in Dublin Port. Photo: PA
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

DUBLIN Port has secured planning approval for the development of the next phase of its inland port near Dublin Airport.

The latest stage of the inland port will include a site with capacity to store more than 2,000 shipping containers. It will also include infrastructure such as an ESB substation, an office building and gantry.

Dublin Port only recently started developing the inland port to allow it to free up valuable space at its main gateway, where a huge capital investment programme is currently underway.

In its recent masterplan update, Dublin Port Company said the 44-hectare inland port will "allow port-related but non-core activities to be relocated away from Dublin Port".

"This, in turn, will free up much-needed land close to the quays and berths in Dublin Port for the transit storage of cargo," it added.

The latest phase of the inland port being developed extends over more than four hectares. The land on which it is situated was bought by the port company in 2016 and was previously a golf course.

"Dublin Port Company believes that developments at Dublin Inland Port and at other locations close to the M50 can better meet the requirements for port-related but non-core activities including logistics services," it explained in its masterplan update last year.

It also envisages that the inland port might eventually lead to a reduction in vehicle movements in the port tunnel, and also at the port.

Dublin Port Company recently submitted a planning application for a €320m project that aims to provide significant additional capacity at the facility in order to cope with increases in trade up to 2040.

The scheme will see a new roll-on/roll-off jetty built to handle ferries of up to 240m in length, as well as the redevelopment of an oil berth into a deep-water container berth.

Dublin Port Company is currently spending about €277m on its so-called Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR).

Due to be completed by 2021, the redevelopment will improve the port's capacity for large ships by deepening and lengthening 3km of its 7km of berths.

The ABR is part of a €1bn capital programme up to 2028 that will also include initial work on the MP2 Project, as well as the continuing development of its inland port.

Traffic volumes at Dublin Port have increased significantly since the downturn.

Last year, it handled almost 38m gross tonnes of imports and exports, which was 4.3pc higher than in 2017. The number of trade vehicles using the port was up 4.1pc at 103,443, though the number of passengers passing through the facility dipped 1pc to 1.84 million.

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