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Government Approves €200m Expansion of Rosslare Europort

8th September 2022
The Brexit Adjustment Reserve will help fund the expansion at Rosslare Europort which is designed to provide protection for the EU single market.
The Brexit Adjustment Reserve will help fund the expansion at Rosslare Europort which is designed to provide protection for the EU single market. Credit: Rosslare Europort-twitter

An expansion of Rosslare Europort to cost €200m, which will Brexit-proof the ferryport facility, has been given the green light.

The Cabinet writes the Irish Examiner, has signed off on a significant development of the port, which is necessary to provide permanent Brexit infrastructure that will ensure compliance with EU customs and will provide protection for the EU single market.

Speaking after the Government meeting, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath said: “This is a vital development to ensure Ireland can effectively manage the new requirements for checks and controls on trade with the UK.

"It will facilitate trade at the port and support other exciting opportunities being developed for Rosslare and the South East."

Funding for the development will be claimed under the Brexit Adjustment Reserve.

Afloat adds, earlier this year, Rosslare Europort which is operated by Irish Rail (Iarnród Eireann) announced an investment plan to establish an offshore renewable energy (ORE) hub with the potential creation of 2,000 jobs.

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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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About Rosslare Europort

2021 sees Rosslare Europort hitting a new record with a total of 36 shipping services a week operating from the port making it one of the premier Irish ports serving the European Continent. Rosslare Europort is a gateway to Europe for the freight and tourist industries. It is strategically located on the sunny south-east coast of Ireland.

Rosslare is within a 90-minute driving radius of major Irish cities; Dublin, Cork and Limerick. Rosslare Europort is a RoRo, RoPax, offshore and bulk port with three RoRo berths with a two-tier linkspan, we also have a dedicated offshore bulk berth.

Exports in Rosslare Europort comprise mainly of fresh products, food, pharmaceuticals, steel, timber and building supplies. While imports are largely in the form of consumer goods such as clothes, furniture, food, trade vehicles, and electronics.

The entire Europort is bar-swept to 7.2 meters, allowing unrestricted access to vessels with draughts up to 6.5 metres. Rosslare Europort offers a comprehensive service including mooring, stevedoring and passenger-car check-in for RoRo shipping lines. It also provides facilities for offshore, dry bulk and general cargo.

The port currently has twice-daily round services to the UK and direct services to the continent each day. Rosslare Europort has a fleet of Tugmasters service, fork-lift trucks, tractors and other handling equipment to cater for non-standard RoRo freight.