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Ports of Waterford and Rosslare Can “Counterbalance” Dublin

17th November 2017
The main terminal at the Port of Waterford is located in Belview, downriver of the south-eastern city.  Afloat adds that the terminal was recently called to by the brand new short-sea trader Arklow Cliff which today is docked in Drogheda Port. A sister Arklow Cape completed last year is due to call to Cork today while currently in Dublin is Arklow Clan, another C class completed this year that made a maiden 'offshore' call off Arklow last Friday. See related Ports & Shipping coverage posted on Monday. The main terminal at the Port of Waterford is located in Belview, downriver of the south-eastern city. Afloat adds that the terminal was recently called to by the brand new short-sea trader Arklow Cliff which today is docked in Drogheda Port. A sister Arklow Cape completed last year is due to call to Cork today while currently in Dublin is Arklow Clan, another C class completed this year that made a maiden 'offshore' call off Arklow last Friday. See related Ports & Shipping coverage posted on Monday. Photo: Port of Waterford - facebook

#CounterPorts - It is the belief of management at the Ports of Waterford and Rosslare Europort that they can become ‘valuable counterpoints’ to reduce congestion in the Dublin area while also supporting a ‘robust and pragmatic’ response to Brexit.

The ports have made a joint submission writesThe Munster Express to the South East Chambers of Commerce’s final submission to the National Planning Framework (NPF – ‘Ireland 2040 – Our Plan’) which is set to guide planning over the next 20 years.

“The south east ports together provide a full range of services to the South-East region and beyond. Rosslare Europort and Waterford (Belview) are Tier 2 Ports of National Significance and are Comprehensive Ports on the Ten-T network,” they state in their submission. “The ports have Ro-Ro, Lo-Lo, bulk and passenger services/facilities with excellent road/rail connectivity and direct links to the UK and the continent. These ports have some areas of under-utilised capacity and significant scope for the expansion of freight services.”

The report adds: “In the context of some of the challenges posed by Brexit, the South East can offer a platform for solutions that bypass the UK land bridge with little or no upfront investment.
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“Similarly, the opportunity is there to reduce freight road miles and related CO2 emissions while taking some pressure off of Dublin’s road and port infrastructure. We submit that the south east ports have a very significant role to play in the economic development of the south east and that this role is equivalent to that performed by the Tier 1 Ports (Dublin, Cork and Shannon Foynes) for their respective regions.”

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