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Dublin Port Losing 1,000 Containers Weekly in China Imports

16th March 2020
Dublin Port chief executive Eamonn O’Reilly, AFLOAT adds on board Celine during the giant ro-ro freight vessel dubbed the 'Brexit-Buster'. The landlocked based shipping company, CLdN in Luxembourg, has the ship operating between Dublin Port and mainland continental Europe: Zeebrugge, Belgium and Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Dublin Port chief executive Eamonn O’Reilly, AFLOAT adds on board Celine during the giant ro-ro freight vessel dubbed the 'Brexit-Buster'. The landlocked based shipping company, CLdN in Luxembourg, has the ship operating between Dublin Port and mainland continental Europe: Zeebrugge, Belgium and Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Photo: Independent.ie-twitter

Importation of most goods from China have stopped arriving in Ireland - representing 1,000 containers in weekly imports - and aren't expected to resume for several weeks.

Dublin Port says 17pc of its usual imports have been "exposed to the impacts of the coronavirus". It declined to specify how sharp that impact has been or to indicate when normal inflows of Chinese goods might return.

Chief executive Eamonn O'Reilly said he "cannot comment meaningfully" on the situation before the port's first-quarter numbers, due in April.

But two well-placed port sources - speaking to Independent.ie on condition of anonymity - said the fall-off in goods from China equates to around 10pc of total container volumes that normally arrive at this time of year. They calculated the loss at 1,000 to 1,200 containers a week.

This lack of Chinese imports is spread among the three terminal operators responsible for offloading containers arriving from European ports: Doyle Shipping, Irish Continental Group and Peel Ports.

Liverpool-based Peel Ports handles incoming cargo from Maersk, the world's biggest cargo line. Irish Continental handles containers from MSC, short for the Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company. Doyle works with a French container and shipping company called CMA CGM.

All three are major shippers of goods from China (noting as Afloat reported last month the related impact according to the Irish Exporters Association)

The newspaper has more here on this story. 

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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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