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Dublin Port’s Hard Brexit Plan Was Only Sought by Department Last Month

27th December 2018

#DublinPort- Dublin Port, the country’s largest and busiest sea port,was only asked by the Department of Transport for details of its contingency plans to deal with a hard Brexit just over a month ago.

As The Irish Times writes, almost 90% of all road freight traffic on the island of Ireland passes through the port, which will likely face the most delays should the UK crash out of the EU without a deal next March.

Correspondence released under the Freedom of Information Act shows that a department official emailed Dublin Port Company management on November 15th – the day British prime minister Theresa May suffered a series of cabinet resignations over the proposed Brexit agreement – urgently seeking the port’s plans to deal with a potential disorderly Brexit.

The newspaper has more to report here.

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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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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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