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Volumes Down in Dublin Port For First Half of the Year, but Not as Much as Expected

10th July 2020
There were no cruise ship calls to Dublin Port (except one AFLOAT adds one in March) in the second three months and none is anticipated for the remainder of the year. Above AFLOAT's photo of Irish Ferries chartered-in ropax Epsilon which operates the core short-sea route to Holyhead. Seen underway is Seatruck Ferries freight-ship Seatruck Pace which served Heysham and currently Liverpool. Both vessels have featured down the years in Afloat's 'Ferry Captain Interview's' There were no cruise ship calls to Dublin Port (except one AFLOAT adds one in March) in the second three months and none is anticipated for the remainder of the year. Above AFLOAT's photo of Irish Ferries chartered-in ropax Epsilon which operates the core short-sea route to Holyhead. Seen underway is Seatruck Ferries freight-ship Seatruck Pace which served Heysham and currently Liverpool. Both vessels have featured down the years in Afloat's 'Ferry Captain Interview's' Photo: Jehan Ashmore

Volume of goods passing through Dublin Port were almost 11% down for the first six months of this year, according to figures from the Dublin Port Company.

Overall port tonnage, reports RTE News, was 10.9% lower than in the same six month period last year.

A first quarter decline of almost 5% - which was attributed to 'Brexit stockpiling' in the first three months of 2019 - was followed by a steeper decline of 17% in the second quarter as the pandemic impacted the economy.

However, the decline was not as severe as expected.

A 26.2% decline in tonnage in April was followed by a smaller decline of 20.5% in May and a fall of just 5.5% in June.

Ferry passenger numbers were down by over 78% to 120,000 - the majority of whom were HGV drivers and other critical supply chain workers.

The number of tourist vehicles fell by over 84% to 24,000.

More here on the port's performance.

Afloat adds as for the only cruiseship caller which took place in early March, see end paragrpah of this article. Noting it transpired the Norwegian Hurtigruten cruiseship cancelled its call to the capital. 

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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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