Dublin Port Company to open €48m inland port

by Rose Barrett
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Dublin Port Company (DPC) announced last week that Dublin Inland Port will open in early November 2021, following an investment of over €48m by DPC to increase its handling capacity.

Dublin Ferryport Terminals (DFT) were confirmed as the company licenced to begin operating at the new state-of-the-art facility in north Dublin.

The move will enable DFT (operators of one of the country’s largest container terminals) to increase its total throughput handling capacity at Dublin Port by 20 per cent. 

The new 44-hectare site for Dublin Inland Port is located circa 14km from Dublin Port, with direct access to the M50 and to Dublin Port via the Dublin Port Tunnel. 

The opening of the inland port delivers on a key commitment in DPC’s Masterplan 2040 to maximise the use of existing port lands by allowing port-related, but non-core activities – such as empty container storage – to be relocated away from Dublin’s busy central port.  

The development at Dublin Inland Port will result in more efficient use of Dublin Port Tunnel and of Dublin Port’s internal network by diverting HGVs dropping off or collecting empty containers to Dublin Inland Port.

DFT signed the contract last week to run the empty container depot under the brand name Dublin Ferryport Inland Depot (DFID), over a 20-year lease.

Cormac Kennedy, Head of Property DPC, said;

“DPC has invested more than €48m to date acquiring and developing this state-of-the-art hub. This first phase of Dublin Inland Port will be ready to hand over to DFT in time to commence operations in November.  

“This depot has been constructed to the highest of standards and occupies one of the best locations to access Dublin Port. The current phase at Dublin Inland Port is capable of accommodating up to 6,000 shipping containers at any one time when fully operational, in an area the same size as Merrion Square. Other shipping and logistics operators will join DFT at the facility as DPC continues to maximise the capacity of Dublin Port’s existing footprint to meet national port capacity requirements in the period of Masterplan 2040.”

DFT is owned by Irish Continental Group (ICG), which is also the operator of one of Dublin Port’s three container terminals, identifiable by its red cranes. 

Declan Freeman, MD of ICG’s Container and Terminal Division, said:

“Dublin Inland Port is in an ideal location just off the N2 at Coldwinters, only 15 minutes from our terminal in Dublin Port. It will allow our customers to maximise their trucking capacity and provide a modern empty depot facility with the enhanced possibility to upgrade both dry and refrigerated containers to meet the growing demands of exporters in the pharmaceutical and agri-food sector. 

“The relocation of our empty depot business, the investments we will make in groundworks and the delivery of five new Rubber Tyred Gantries (RTGs) at our DFT terminal will provide much needed capacity in Dublin Port from the second half of 2022.”

PHOTO – New licence: Cormac Kennedy, Head of Property at Dublin Port Company, and Declan Freeman, Managing Director at IGC’s Container and Terminal Division, at the new Dublin Inland Port. Photo: Shane O’Neill, Coalesce

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