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Hard Brexit - How Would This Affect the Republic of Ireland?

16th October 2018
In the event of a hard Brexit Dublin Port would have to handle five times the freight 'overnight'. AFLOAT adds above yesterday at dawn docked in the capital next to the Tom Clarke (East-Link) toll-bridge is Irish Ferries chartered-in ropax Epsilon (primarily a freight ferry with limited passenger capacity) and during its routine 'Monday' layover, having completed a weekend roundtrip to Cherbourg, before commencing sailings (today) for the rest of this week to Holyhead, Wales. Recently the Rosslare based cruiseferry Oscar Wilde has ceased sailing to France for this season, however the ferry has made several continental crossings on the year-round direct Dublin-Cherbourg route in tandem with Epsilon. In the event of a hard Brexit Dublin Port would have to handle five times the freight 'overnight'. AFLOAT adds above yesterday at dawn docked in the capital next to the Tom Clarke (East-Link) toll-bridge is Irish Ferries chartered-in ropax Epsilon (primarily a freight ferry with limited passenger capacity) and during its routine 'Monday' layover, having completed a weekend roundtrip to Cherbourg, before commencing sailings (today) for the rest of this week to Holyhead, Wales. Recently the Rosslare based cruiseferry Oscar Wilde has ceased sailing to France for this season, however the ferry has made several continental crossings on the year-round direct Dublin-Cherbourg route in tandem with Epsilon. Photo: BBC Newsline (footage)

#DublinPort - An hour and a half before dawn and several ships are making their way to Dublin Port, reports BBC News.

The biggest by far is the Delphine (see Humber story), known locally as a Brexit-buster which Afloat adds joined leadship sister Celine which earlier this year was christened in the Irish capital and was officially launched onto the Ireland-Europe service.

(The pair) sail to and from Dublin and Zeebrugge in Belgium and Rotterdam in the Netherlands, avoiding the need to stop in the UK.

If all the parking lanes on the boat were laid end to end, it would stretch to almost five miles. It can accommodate 600 lorries and is almost twice the size of other ferries using the port.

Eamonn O'Reilly, the chief executive of Dublin Port Company, said shippers need certainty.

"'Just-in-time' is sometimes mistaken for as fast as possible," Mr O'Reilly said.

"But 'just-in-time' is more about reliability and I think we will see a considerable volume shifting from the UK land bridge onto direct routes to continental Europe."

For further reading on the issues and challenges faced by the implications of a hard-Brexit in addition to opportunities click here. 

Published in Dublin Port
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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Dublin Port Information

Dublin Port Company is currently investing about €277 million on its Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR), which is due to be complete 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, which will also include initial work on the Dublin Port’s MP2 Project - a major capital development project proposal for works within the existing port lands in the northeastern part of the port.

Dublin Port has also recently 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 and infrastructure such as an ESB substation, an office building and gantry crane.

Dublin Port Company recently submitted a planning application for a €320 million project that aims to provide significant additional capacity at the facility within the port 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 240 metres in length, as well as the redevelopment of an oil berth into a deep-water container berth.

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