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Over-Reliance on Dublin Port 'Risks Supply Security Issues'

14th February 2018
Alexandra Basin and the main channel fairway of Dublin Port where can be seen ro-ro ferries, lo-lo vessels and a trio of cruiseships Alexandra Basin and the main channel fairway of Dublin Port where can be seen ro-ro ferries, lo-lo vessels and a trio of cruiseships Photo: DP facebook

#DublinPort - "Overdependence" on Dublin Port for trade traffic raises significant supply security issues in the context of Brexit, the Irish Academy of Engineering has argued.

As The Independent writes, Dublin Port's share of Ireland's roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) traffic has increased from just over 55pc in 1987 to almost 90pc in 2015, a report by the all-island body noted.

At the same time Dublin's share of Ireland's Load-on Load-Off (Lo-Lo) traffic increased from almost 55pc in 1987 to 72.5pc in 2015, the acadmey said. The report argued that the Government's policy regarding port development appears "wholly unsuited to the problems posed by Brexit".

"Up to 500,000 unitised freight movements each year could potentially be re-routed from Dublin to south coast ports by 2020 or soon thereafter," the report concludes

"Were this to happen it would reduce Dublin's share of unitised freight to over 50pc, the level obtaining in the 1980s and a level consistent with the Greater Dublin Area's share of the population."

The report said this would require a significant change in inland distribution and logistics chains, which it said are now concentrated in the Dublin area. But Dublin Port Company chief exective Eamonn O'Reilly questioned the analysis in the report.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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