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Dublin to open inland port to ease the squeeze

[ October 15, 2021   //   ]

Dublin Port Company (DPC) is to open an inland port will open in early November and has confirmed Dublin Ferryport Terminals (DFT) as the first company licenced to begin operating at the facility in the north of the city.

DPC says it will increase its capacity by 20%.

Dublin Inland Port is on a 44-hectare site some 14km from Dublin Port, with access to the M50 and to the port via the Dublin Port Tunnel.

The €48m scheme is included 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 the main port.

DFT has signed a 20-year lease with DPC to run a five-hectare empty container depot at the facility, under the brand name Dublin Ferryport Inland Depot (DFID). DFT, owned by Irish Continental Group also operates of one of Dublin Port’s three container terminals. It will relocate its current empty depot business to Dublin Inland Port from its container terminal in Dublin Port from the second half of 2022 after completion of further development at the terminal including the delivery of five new RTGs.

The site is can accommodate up to 6,000 containers. Other shipping and logistics operators will later join DFT at the facility, said DPC.

Managing director of ICG’s container and terminal division, Declan Freeman, said; “The new licence to operate our Dublin Ferryport Inland Depot (DFID) at Dublin Inland Port comes at an important time for our business. To meet growing customer demand for our lo lo freight handling services, we need to be able to move containers through the DFT terminal at Dublin port in greater numbers than before, and more frequently. Dublin Inland Port will give us the flexibility, and much needed additional capacity to do that.

“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.”

The next printed edition of FBJ (FBJ 7 2021) will include a 16-page Ireland supplement.

Photographs embargoed until 00.01am, Friday, 15th October 2021. BUSINESS 15th Oct 2021 no fee for repro Cormac Kennedy, Head of Property at Dublin Port Company with Declan Freeman, Managing Director of ICG’s Container and Terminal Division, and Alec Colvin, DFT Terminal Director at the new €48m Dublin Inland Port which Dublin Port Company opens in November and where DFT is the first company awarded a licence to operate at the state-of-the-art logistics facility in North Dublin. DFT will relocate its current empty depot business to Dublin Inland Port from its container terminal in Dublin Port. Picture by Shane O’Neill, Coalesce. Media Contact: Conor Sheridan, Gibney Communications, Mob: +353 86 031 0800