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Dublin Port's €320m Next Phase Of Masterplan Gets Approval

4th July 2020
The Docklands Business Forum said approval for Dublin's Port €320m masterplan 'beggars belief'. Above AFLOAT's (file) photo of Alexandra Basin where Phase 1 of the port masterplan involved major reconfiguration of quays and additional hard-standing capacity for cargoes. In this scene is the former Tara Boliden Mines zinc/ore concentrate Bulk Jetty (see loading chute into hold of Arklow Fern which departed the capital on 30 June and reached Odda, Norway today). The facility located in the centre of the basin was demolished last year and replaced with a new mineral terminal built (at the entrance of the former Dublin Dry-Dock: Graving Dock No.2) that opened in October. As usual the main client here is Arklow Shipping and where last month, Arklow Rover, one of their former R class cargoships was sold to Norwegian interests also used the facility. Afloat will have more on the port's new infrastructure and disposal of the Irish flagged ship along with a fleetmate. The Docklands Business Forum said approval for Dublin's Port €320m masterplan 'beggars belief'. Above AFLOAT's (file) photo of Alexandra Basin where Phase 1 of the port masterplan involved major reconfiguration of quays and additional hard-standing capacity for cargoes. In this scene is the former Tara Boliden Mines zinc/ore concentrate Bulk Jetty (see loading chute into hold of Arklow Fern which departed the capital on 30 June and reached Odda, Norway today). The facility located in the centre of the basin was demolished last year and replaced with a new mineral terminal built (at the entrance of the former Dublin Dry-Dock: Graving Dock No.2) that opened in October. As usual the main client here is Arklow Shipping and where last month, Arklow Rover, one of their former R class cargoships was sold to Norwegian interests also used the facility. Afloat will have more on the port's new infrastructure and disposal of the Irish flagged ship along with a fleetmate. Photo: Jehan Ashmore

Permission has been given by An Bord Pleanála for the next phase of Dublin Port's €320m masterplan to proceed, subject to conditions.

The project, reports RTE, includes the development of a new roll-on roll-off (RoRo) jetty, the lengthening of an existing river berth and the redevelopment of a deep-water container berth.

A new public "heritage zone" at the east end of the port with a structure that will have a viewing deck and a small performance space below is also included in the plan.

"The proposed development in the operational phase will give rise to impacts which are positive," the planning board said in its decision.

"It will facilitate the completion of a single unified Ro-Ro terminal and enhanced Lo-Lo facilities facilitating the removal of capacity constraints within Dublin Port, thereby enabling projected economic growth through increased capacity and improved port infrastructure to facilitate larger vessels."

However, the Docklands Business Forum said the decision "beggars belief".

It said it would consolidate the port's monopoly on the island, marginalising regional ports in the process.

It claimed the decision ignores the reality of Brexit and will greatly damage Ireland's most successful urban regeneration.

The forum also thinks the development will put a strain on local infrastructure adversely impacting the lives of those living and working in Docklands.

The MP2 Project development represents the second stage of three contained in the port's Masterplan 2040.

For further reading on the port's next phase of development click  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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