Dublin Port security to be reviewed before Brexit

It's looking for public input as it re-examines its future plans...

Dublin Port security to be reviewed before Brexit

Eamonn O'Reilly the CEO of Dublin Port Company looks over towards 'Le Boreal' cruise liner in 2013 / Julien Behal PA Archive / PA Images

Dublin Port expects annual trade volume through the country’s largest marine gateway to grow by an average of more than 3% per annum over the next twenty-five years.

Cargo volumes rose by 6.3% last year to a total of 35m tonnes.

Dublin Port has announced its first major review of its 2012-2040 'Masterplan.'

It notes that this review has been prompted by a number of developments:

  • Sustained high levels of growth
  • Commencement of the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR) Project and other major port infrastructure projects
  • Policy developments at a national, regional and local level
  • International developments including Brexit and the possible introduction of customs and other security controls in Dublin Port.

Dublin Port is inviting submissions from the public as part of this review.

It will also host public information days for interested parties to talk directly to Dublin Port officials.

Here are the dates:

  • 13th February at Scoil Uí Chonaill GAA Club, in Clontarf
  • Seán O’Casey Community Centre, East Wall on Feburary 15th
  • Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAA Club in Ringsend, Feburary 16th

The review is due to be published during the summer.

Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company, said: "It is prudent that we respond to changing circumstances as they impact on the Port’s operations and capacity to grow. That is why we are reviewing our Masterplan and, as part of this review, I would encourage people to take the opportunity to participate in the consultation over the coming weeks.

"The focus of the review will be on how best we can use our lands to increase the throughput capacity of the Port. DPC believes that the Port can be developed to cater for anticipated volumes through to 2040 within the Port’s existing footprint and without significant major infill works."

The company also revealed it plans to begin utilising an inland site, close to Dublin Airport for non-core activities such as longer term placement of cargo and haulage equipment. This would free up space at the Port itself for loading and unloading activity.