Dublin Port opens new €127m freight terminal 

Dublin Port is Ireland’s largest freight and passenger port handling approximately 51% of national tonnage

by Alison O'Hanlon
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Dublin Port Company has today opened T4, it’s newly redeveloped Roll-in-Roll-out freight terminal costing €127m. T4 will handle more than 220,000 RoRo units annually, more RoRo freight per annum than any other port in the Republic of Ireland.

Self-financed by Dublin Port Company (DPC) and delivered on time, and on budget, T4 marks a major milestone in the first of three major capital development projects under its masterplan to future proof Dublin Port’s cargo handling capacity to 2040. 

It comes into operation at a time of growing demand for unaccompanied RoRo freight services (goods on trailers transported by ferry without a driver) to and from the greater Dublin market post-Brexit. It has also enabled the opening of a new transhipment route to Santander.

T4 brings into operation 3km of new quay walls, upgrading Victorian-era port infrastructure to service direct routes between Dublinand Liverpool/Heysham by ferry operator Seatruck. 

The work also involved the demolition of an old jetty, replaced with two best in class modern jetties of 270m each, that will accommodate the largest ferries measuring 240m in length and which have been future-proofed to allow for shore to ship power in the years ahead.

Launching T4, Minister of State, Jack Chambers, TD said “I am delighted to be on-site today for the opening of T4 and to see first-hand the world-class facilities that are in place at Dublin Port.

“Dublin Port is Ireland’s largest freight and passenger port handling approximately 51% of national tonnage. Its importance is even more pronounced in the unitised freight sector as it handles 71% of all Load-on/Load-off and 80% of all Roll-on/Roll-off tonnage in and out of the country.

Barry O’Connell, Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company, said “Dublin is already one of the most efficient ports in Europe. With T4, we are driving even more efficiencies and facilitating growing customer demand for direct shipping routes between Dublin, the UK and Europe.

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“Even with T4 now fully in operation, Dublin is running at 91% average capacity and therefore it is imperative that our plans to complete all three of our Masterplan 2040 projects continue as planned.

“This will ensure we create the capacity needed to support the ongoing growth in the economy to 2040, while providing new public amenities that will support the growth of our city and neighbouring community for decades to come.” 

Importantly the development of T4 has also facilitated the closure of an entrance onto East Wall Road paving the way for DPC’s Liffey Tolka Greenway project on East Wall Road to commence construction in 2024.

This will see the transformation of the East Wall Road with a new dedicated 1.4km cycle and pedestrian route which will eventually form part of the 16.5km of cycleway / walkway planned as part of the overall Masterplan.

This is another important step in DPCs journey to open up Dublin Port as a safe and accessible venue for all to enjoy.

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