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Dublin 1, D01N6K5
12.40 Acres
Development & Land Property

Property Overview

“Expressions of Interest and Offers Invited by 12 noon on Thursday 12th October 2023″Further information-


Dublin Port is Ireland’s premier and most important Port. In 2022 volumes at the Port rose to 36.8m tonnes up from 34.9 million tonnes. Almost 80% of the containerised traffic that arrives to Ireland travels through Dublin Port (84% of all Ro-Ro traffic). The covid recovery has seen a remarkable return of passenger and tourist services with 1.6m passengers travelling through the Port in 2022. In addition to this Dublin Port is also an important commodities Port and nearly a third of Ireland’s energy needs being serviced by it. The Port is an important hub for new cars with 90k new cars being imported into Ireland through the Port.

It is a critical cog in the success of the Irish economy delivering vital economic links to the UK and Europe with many direct and indirect routes delivering for Ireland’s supply chains. Two competing shipping lines operate on Dublin Holyhead Route with one remaining operator operating on the Dublin Liverpool/Heysham routes. In 2022 over 740k RoRo units were shipped to and from the UK market.

Dublin is Ireland’s most important gateway to Europe servicing the wider European Market with over 260k RoRo containers travelling over and back from ports such as Zeebrugge, Rotterdam, Cherbourg, Santander and others. Dublin Port services 70% of all European Containerised traffic to Europe through its many shipping lines and container terminals.

The Dublin Port company continues to reinvest significantly into the Port infrastructure with an ambitious 3 phase masterplan investment. It is nearing completion of its Alexandra Basin Project (the ABR project) and has commenced work on the MP2 project immediately adjoining terminal 5. Later this year planning consent will be sought for the third and final masterplan project (3FM).

With the recent announcement by P & O to cease operating on the Dublin-Liverpool service, an opportunity has arisen to operate a service(s) primarily serving the UK market from Terminal 5, Dublin Port. The Dublin Port company is seeking expressions of interest from established ferry companies who wish to operate a route or routes to English or Welsh ports (excluding Holyhead). It is the intention of Dublin Port that the successful bidder will be awarded a (non-exclusive) licence to occupy the relevant Port lands to provide the service.
Dublin Port does not intend to provide strict guidance on what Ports are to be serviced but the successful operator must demonstrate that they have guaranteed access to a port (with existing infrastructure) in England or Wales (excluding Holyhead). Written confirmation of an agreement to operate out of such a Port will be required. It is expected that the operator can demonstrate market demand for the port they intend to service into.

The Prospective Applicant must be able to demonstrate access to ships capable of servicing the route (s) These ships must be capable of servicing the expected volumes and be suitable to the Dublin Port infrastructure. The vessels should also be capable of carrying accompanied and unaccompanied freight.

It is intended to commence operations once the incumbent shipping line vacates Terminal 5. The target date for commencement of operations will be no later than 31st December 2023. Prospective Applicants should outline the expected length of time required to commence operations and how quickly a service can be put into operation. It is an open opportunity for a service to begin immediately following the vacating of the route.

DPC retain the right to permit more than one operator to use the area servicing alternative or similar ports.

The area will comprise approx. 5ha (12.4 acres) as outlined in red on the attached plan with approximately 425 trailer parking bays. The area will be made available to the new operator on a non-exclusive basis. It is intended that T5 will become one of the Dublin Port common user areas.

Building Infrastructure
In the event that the operator wishes to use existing building infrastructure then a separate licence will be entered into for the following buildings:
• Vehicle Maintenance Building; 312 sq. m. (3,358 sq. ft.) & additional shed 160 sq. m. (1,722 sq. ft.)
• Office area approx. 700.4 sq. m. (7,539 sq. ft.)
• Check in booths.

Licence Fee
The prospective applicant must detail the intended minimum sum per annum (Excluding VAT) based on 2 ship, a 3 ship and a 4 or more-ship service operating off Berth 52/ RoRo Ramp 7, subject to the terms and covenants of the draft licencee agreement presented, including any assumptions. The licencee fee proposed will exclude service charges, commercial rates and all occupier costs.
Vessel/Ship details:
The prospective applicant must provide details on the ships that are going to be operating on the route and must confirm that their ships are readily available to them either through direct ownership or chartering arrangement. The prospective operator must satisfy themselves that the chosen ship(s) can align to DPC ramps.
At the very least, the proposed ship details should include:
• Capacity of the ship – accompanied and unaccompanied freight
• Expected crewing breakdown
• Where relevant passenger accommodation
• Beam
• Draft

Port Details
The prospective operator is to outline details about the Port(s) that they intend to operate to. These details should at the very minimum confirm:
a. Size of landside area to be made available.
b. Must confirm what main marine infrastructure is already in place (or to be in place prior to commencement of operation) i.e. Are there significant interventions required to existing infrastructure or is all existing infrastructure readily operable.
c. Written confirmation that agreement is in place with port owners to operate the service.
d. Any restrictions that could significantly impact operations such as tidal restrictions/lock gates.

For further information and a copy of the full process letter, please contact:

Cathal Daughton +353 1 638 2737 / +353 87 689 9907
Martin O’ Halloran +353 1 638 2791 / +353 87 4168605

“Expressions of Interest and Offers Invited by 12 noon on Thursday 12th October 2023″Further information- LAND OPPORTUNITY FOR A RO-RO SHIPPING LINE AT TERMINAL 5, DUBLIN PORT, DUBLIN 3 Dublin Port is Ireland’s premier and

  • Unique opportunity to operate in Irelands Premier Port.
  • World class route to market with superb access to Irelands motorway network 84% of all ROI Ro-Ro traffic travelled through the Port in 2022.
  • Dublin Port is Irelands most important gateway to the UK market with over 740k RoRo units moving between Welsh and English Ports.
  • Expressions of interest sought to operate accompanied and unaccompanied Ro-Ro service(s) out of Terminal 5 Dublin Port on routes mostly servicing English and Welsh Ports
  • Terminal 5 comprises approx. 5.0 ha (12.4 acres) with access to approx. 425 trailer slots and a single tier floating linkspan
  • A separate licence can be entered into in relation to terminal buildings on site (offices 700sqm, vehicle maintenance shed and check in booths).
  • Expressions of interest and offers are invited to be submitted no later than 12 noon on Thursday 12th October 2023. The process details and deadline for information required from applicants is available on request


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