Major works at Dublin Port
Ireland’s Dublin Port Company has embarked on a major update to the facilities in Alexandra Dock to allow access for deeper draft ships reports Dag Pike.
The Alexandra Basin Redevelopment Programme is the largest capital project ever undertaken at the port. When complete it will increase the port’s ability to handle larger ships and it is costed at €227 million. Dredging of the three kilometre long entrance channel will give ships a depth of 10 metres to the port and improvements to the quays and other facilities will be upgraded to match.
The dredging will entail the removal of 5.5 million tonnes of sand, silt and gravel and much of this will be dumped on Burford Bank some 12 kilometres outside Dublin Bay. The remaining ½ million tonnes which is contaminated will be treated in a batching area with cementicous fibres and used to fill existing berths.
At Cross Berth Quay steel piles are being inserted which in turn will support sheet steel piling to stabilise the quay. The old ship-building yard in the basin will be upgraded for re-use and the graving dock will be partially opened up as a public area with possible use as an amphitheatre.
Many of the port’s facilities will be upgraded including the north east side of the Alexandra Basin which will include a new ro-ro ramp. This will provide facilities for Cobelfret to bring in a new larger ro-ro ship to serve the port and this ramp will be capable of being positioned either in the basin or at Ocean Pier.
“Much of the work is currently going out to tender,” said Garrett Doman, who is the Capital Programme Director of the DPA. “The piling work around the basin is being completed in sections and will eventually encompass the entire basin, across Alexandra Basin West and along Ocean Pier with some of the existing buildings at Ocean Pier being demolished.”
Included in the project will be an extensive upgrade of the road network in the port. Dublin Port handles a major proportion of the imports and exports for Ireland and much of this comes in from the UK and the Continent by ro-ro shipping.
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