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Dublin
Dublin
Port (Irish: Calafort Átha Cliath) is a seaport in Dublin, Ireland, of both historical and contemporary economic importance. Approximatively two-thirds of Ireland's port traffic travels via the port, which is by far the busiest on the island of Ireland. Recently, the port and its land, mostly at the eastern end of Dublin's Northside, but also with a southern section, were valued at €25 billion – €30 billion.

Contents

1 Location 2 Services 3 Dublin
Dublin
Port Company 4 Other activities 5 History 6 Future 7 Terminals

7.1 Passenger 7.2 Passenger Ferries

8 Rail passenger access to and from Dublin
Dublin
Connolly

8.1 Freight

9 See also 10 References 11 External links

Location[edit] The modern Dublin
Dublin
Port is located either side of the River Liffey, out to its mouth. On the north side of the river, the main part (205 hectares or 510 acres) of the port lies at the end of East Wall
East Wall
and North Wall, from Alexandra Quay. The element of the port on the south side of the river is much smaller (51 hectares or 130 acres) and lies at the beginning of the Poolbeg
Poolbeg
peninsula. Services[edit] The main activity of the port, as per the statistic above, is freight handling, with a wide range of vessels, from large container carriers to small diesel lighters, visiting daily. Roll-on/roll-off
Roll-on/roll-off
ferry services run regularly across the Irish Sea
Irish Sea
to Holyhead
Holyhead
in Wales, Liverpool
Liverpool
in England and in the summer months and at Christmas to Douglas, Isle of Man.[1] The largest car ferry in the world, the Irish Ferries
Irish Ferries
ship MV Ulysses which can carry up to 2000 passengers, runs on the Holyhead
Holyhead
route. Dublin
Dublin
Port is also a docking area for cruise liners. Dublin
Dublin
Port Company[edit]

Dublin
Dublin
Port Company offices

The port is operated by the semi-state Dublin
Dublin
Port Company, incorporated on 28 February 1997 (formerly the Dublin
Dublin
Port and Docks Board and successor to the Ballast Board founded in 1707), whose headquarters are located just beyond the main port entrance north of the Liffey. According to the DPC, the port handled 23.5 million tonnes of cargo in 2003, as well as 1,426,000 passengers. That year 7,917 ships docked in the port, including 54 cruise liners carrying 54,000 visitors. In April 2010, the Dublin
Dublin
Port Company announced its "busiest week ever", following restrictions placed on European airspace because of the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull
Eyjafjallajokull
volcano in Iceland. Some 72,118 passengers were reported to have travelled through the ferry terminals during the week 15–21 April. That week saw the culmination of increased trade in Dublin
Dublin
Port, as the company's figures for the first quarter of 2010 would eventually reveal. March 2010 saw a 13.5% trade increase when compared with March 2009, and that month was declared by the company as the fourth consecutive month of trade increase[2] since the economic downturn. The Dublin
Dublin
Port Company is responsible for pilotage services within Dublin
Dublin
Bay, and manages the three port lighthouses (but not those of Howth or Kish Bank). It also operates three diesel tugboats and two drydocks (located near Alexandra Quay) and provides divers for underwater hull inspections. It licences private companies to provide stevedoring services. Other activities[edit] Within the main port enclave, on the north side of the river, are a power generating station (gas-fired), several oil terminals and number of slightly-related businesses, such as car dealerships, and a Topaz fuelling station on Bond Road. Entered at the north side of the port, but lying in East Wall, is one end of the Dublin
Dublin
Port Tunnel. History[edit] The medieval port of Dublin
Dublin
was located on the south bank of the Liffey near Christ Church Cathedral, a few miles upstream from its current location. In 1715, the Great South Wall
Great South Wall
was constructed to shelter the entrance to the port. Poolbeg
Poolbeg
Lighthouse at the end of the South Bull Wall
Bull Wall
was constructed in 1767. In 1800, a survey of Dublin
Dublin
Bay conducted by Captain William Bligh recommended the construction of the Bull Wall. After the completion of the wall in 1842, North Bull Island
North Bull Island
slowly formed as sand built up behind it. After James Gandon's Custom House was built further downstream in 1791, the port moved downstream to the north bank of the river estuary, where the International Financial Services Centre
International Financial Services Centre
is currently located. The noise and dirt associated with the port traffic contributed to the decline of the Mountjoy Square
Mountjoy Square
area, with many wealthy families moving to the Southside. The advent of containerisation in the second half of the 20th century resulted in the port gradually moving a mile further downstream to enable new wharves to be constructed. Future[edit] Proposals have been raised about moving the port to the new Port of Drogheda facility proposed for Bremore in north County Dublin
Dublin
near Balbriggan. Over many years, the Dublin
Dublin
Port authorities have been exploring a controversial proposal to in-fill 21 hectares (52 acres) of Dublin
Dublin
Bay – a continuation of historical practice, as all of the port land was once part of Dublin
Dublin
Bay anyway. Residents on areas near the proposed in-fill, on the north side of the Liffey, are strongly opposed to the plan.

Panorama image showing Dublin
Dublin
Port in the evening

Terminals[edit] Sources:[3]

Passenger[edit]

Ferry
Ferry
Company Destination Terminal

Irish Ferries Holyhead 1

Irish Ferries Cherbourg 1

Isle of Man Steam Packet
Isle of Man Steam Packet
Company Douglas, Isle of Man 1

Stena Line Holyhead 2

P&O Ferries Liverpool 3

Seatruck Ferries Liverpool
Liverpool
and Heysham 5

Passenger Ferries[edit]

Preceding station   Ferry   Following station

  Ferry
Ferry
services  

Terminus   Irish Ferries Ferry   Holyhead

Terminus   Irish Ferries high-speed catamaran   Holyhead

Terminus   Stena Line Ferry   Holyhead

Terminus   Irish Ferries Ferry   Cherbourg

Terminus   Isle of Man Steam Packet Ferry
Ferry
(seasonal)   Douglas

Rail passenger access to and from Dublin
Dublin
Connolly[edit] Dublin
Dublin
Connolly to Dublin
Dublin
Port can be reached by walking beside the tram lines around the corner from Amiens Street, Dublin
Dublin
into Store Street or by Luas
Luas
one stop to Busáras
Busáras
where Dublin
Dublin
Bus
Bus
operates a service to the Ferry
Ferry
Terminal, or Dublin
Dublin
Bus
Bus
route 53[4] or to take a taxi. Freight[edit]

Ferry
Ferry
Company Destination Terminal

BG Freight Line Antwerp, Belfast, Liverpool, Rotterdam MTL

Celtic Forwarding Antwerp, Rotterdam DFT

CMA CGM Le Havre MTL

Cobelfret Rotterdam, Zeebrugge CUCT

Eucon Antwerp, Rotterdam, Rouen, Southampton DFT

Samskip Rotterdam, Zeebrugge DFT

Zim Integrated Shipping Services Rotterdam DFT

See also[edit]

Dublin
Dublin
Port Tunnel

References[edit]

^ http://www.steam-packet.com ^ http://www.insideireland.ie/index.cfm/section/news/ext/dublinportcompany001/category/1062[permanent dead link] ^ "Information Centre. Retrieved 2 May 2011". Dublinport.com. Retrieved 2 May 2011.  ^ http://www.dublinbus.ie/en/Your-Journey1/Timetables/All-Timetables/53/

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dublin
Dublin
Port.

UKHO charts of Dublin
Dublin
Docks and the approaches to Dublin Dublin
Dublin
Port Company website RTÉ Radio 1 programme about South Bull Wall https://web.archive.org/web/20070322094650/http://www.rte.ie/radio1/shanksmare/rams/2006/1september.smil

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Transport in Dublin

Air

International airport

Dublin
Dublin
Airport (DAA)

Rail

Light rail

Luas: Green Line Red Line (Transdev)

Rapid transit

DART (Iarnród Éireann)

Tram*

Dublin
Dublin
tramways (DUTC & GNR (I)): Clontarf and Hill of Howth Tramroad Blessington and Poulaphouca Steam Tramway Dublin
Dublin
and Blessington Steam Tramway Hill of Howth Tramway
Hill of Howth Tramway
(GNR (I)) Dublin
Dublin
and Lucan Steam Tramway Lucan and Leixlip Steam Tramway

Heavy rail

InterCity (Iarnród Éireann) Commuter (Iarnród Éireann)

Road

Bus

Aircoach Bus
Bus
Éireann Dublin
Dublin
Bus Go-Ahead Dublin

Bus
Bus
corridors

Quality Bus
Bus
Corridor

Motorways

M1 M2 M3 M4 M11 M50

National primary roads

N1 N2 N3 N4 N7 N11 N31 N32

National secondary roads

N81 N82

Regional roads

R101 R102 R103 R104 R105 R106 R107 R108 R109 R110 R111 R112 R113 R114 R115 R116 R117 R118 R119 R120 R121 R122 R123 R124 R125 R126 R127 R128 R129 R130 R131 R132 R133 R134 R135 R136 R148 R156 R403 R445 R761 R810 R817 R821 R822 R824 R825 R826

European routes

E01 E20

Other

Bridges and tunnels Dublinbikes Dublin
Dublin
Port Tunnel Local roads Streets and squares (list)

Water

Canals

Royal Canal
Royal Canal
(Waterways Ireland) Grand Canal (Waterways Ireland)

Ports

Dublin
Dublin
Port Dún Laoghaire
Dún Laoghaire
Harbour

Agencies

National Roads Authority National Transport Authority Public transport operators in Dublin Railway Procurement Agency Transport Infrastructure Ireland

*= Tram
Tram
systems no longer run. Information in parentheses shows the operator(s)

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Ferries of the Irish Sea

Current ships

Irish Ferries

MS Epsilon MS Isle of Inishmore HSC Jonathan Swift MS Oscar Wilde MS Ulysses

Seatruck Ferries

MS Clipper Pennant MS Clipper Point MS Clipper Ranger MS Seatruck Pace MS Seatruck Panorama

P&O Ferries

MS European Causeway MS European Endeavour MS European Highlander MS Norbank MS Norbay

Isle of Man Steam Packet
Isle of Man Steam Packet
Company

MS Ben-My-Chree HSC Manannan

Stena Line

MS Stena Adventurer MS Stena Europe MS Stena Horizon MS Stena Lagan MS Stena Mersey MS Stena Superfast VII MS Stena Superfast VIII MS Stena Superfast X

Ferry
Ferry
ports

Belfast Harbour Cairnryan Harbour Douglas Harbour Dublin
Dublin
Port Fishguard Harbour Heysham
Heysham
Port Port of Holyhead Larne Harbour Port of Liverpool Pembroke Dock Rosslare Europort

Coordinates: 53°20′46″N 6°12′30″W / 53.34609°N 6.20831°W / 53.346

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