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Taoiseach Told Warrenpoint Port Wants 'Frictionless Border'

30th April 2018
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Clare Guinness CEO Warrenpoint Port Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Clare Guinness CEO Warrenpoint Port

Warrenpoint Port, the second largest port in Northern Ireland and the fourth biggest on the island of Ireland, used a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today to impress on him the need for a frictionless border during Brexit negotiations. But Port CEO, Clare Guinness, also said the port is 'actively formulating plans to deal with whatever scenario results from the Brexit negotiations'.

Situated almost directly on the border between the UK and the Republic of Ireland, Warrenpoint Port last year handled 3.56 million tonnes of cargo worth £6.2 billion, around 40 per cent of which either originated from or was destined for the Republic of Ireland.

Guinness said the meeting provided a welcome "opportunity to meet with the leader of our closest trading partner who is one of the leading figures in the Brexit negotiations".

As Afloat.ie recently reported, Warrenpoint Port has unveiled a major 25-year growth plan as it forecasts a continued growth in trade following Brexit.

"Warrenpoint Port last year handled 3.56 million tonnes of cargo worth £6.2 billion, around 40 per cent of which either originated from or was destined for the Republic of Ireland"

“We used today’s meeting to press on Mr Varadkar, our desire for a border that supports frictionless trade, ensuring that it can continue to flow and grow. While this is our preferred position, we are actively formulating plans to deal with whatever scenario results from the Brexit negotiations.

“We also highlighted the need for improved infrastructure in the border region which would help trade north and south, in particular, the delivery of the Southern Relief Road which has already benefitted from European funding through the feasibility phase.”

Warrenpoint Harbour Authority was created as a Trust Port by legislation in 1971.

In 2017, the value of goods moving through Warrenpoint Port was £6.2billion, £164 million of which was direct international trade. The Port handled 3.48 million tonnes
of cargo in 2016 increasing to 3.56 million tonnes in 2017

The port employs 67 staff directly, but more than 200 people work at the harbour every day.

In addition to serving the markets in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, the Port deals with imports and exports from countries and regions across the world including to Spain, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Ukraine and the Americas.

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About Warrenpoint Port

The Original Port of Warrenpoint was constructed in the late 1770s and acted as a lightering port for the much larger Port of Newry.

Following the demise of Newry Port Warrenpoint Harbour Authority was created as a Trust Port by legislation in 1971. The modern Port was completed in 1974 when it covered 28 acres. Since then the port has expanded to its current size of approximately 53 Acres. The Authority has just completed a £22 Million capital infrastructure project (under the terms of a Service of General Economic Interest with the Department for Regional Development) that includes, the construction of a 300 Metres of Deep Water Quay (7.5 Metres C.D), new Ro-Ro berthing facilities, additional lands and covered storage facilities and a new 100 Tonne mobile crane.

  • Warrenpoint Port is the second largest port in Northern Ireland and the fifth-biggest on the island of Ireland.
  • Warrenpoint Harbour Authority was created as a Trust Port by legislation in 1971.
  • In 2018, the value of goods moving through Warrenpoint Port was £6.5 billion. The Port handled 3.56 million tonnes in 2017, increasing to 3.6m in 2018.
  • The port employs 70 staff directly and supports over 1,500 in the local economy.
  • In addition to serving the markets in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, the Port deals with imports and exports from countries and regions across the world including to Spain, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Ukraine and the Americas.

 

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  • Warrenpoint, Newry BT34 3JR, United Kingdom Phone: +44 28 4177 3381

     

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