Rosslare Europort Masterplan
We have designed an ambitious masterplan to ideally position the port to take advantage of the wide range of opportunities currently afforded by the strategic location of the port. The plan will see significant investment in the infrastructure of the port and allow for expansion in the current key areas of RoRo freight and passenger transport. The masterplan will also be providing the infrastructure necessary to facilitate the impending border inspection requirements while also creating increased capacity to provide the perfect platform to capitalise on new business opportunities becoming available to the port.
The overall masterplan will see an investment circa €30 million with construction expected to begin late 2023 subject to planning permission. The strategic plan includes significant investment of circa €1.5 million in the digitisation of the port and will transform Rosslare Europort into a smart port capable of meeting the needs of a post Brexit Ireland as our closest port to mainland Europe. This will include vehicle recognition systems, trailer tracking systems, compound management and check-in and check-out systems. The plan has identified opportunities for the port to make better use of available capacity, improve efficiencies and target specific sectors, while promoting the benefits of congestion-free access to European and UK markets.
Rosslare Europort has announced plans to establish the port, its hinterland and the south-east region as Ireland’s Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub, with the potential to create up to 2,000 jobs. After a history making 2024 which saw Rosslare Europort become Ireland’s number one port for direct RoRo/Pax services to Europe, the port outlines its vision to become the Offshore Renewable Energy Hub of Ireland. Investment plans for the port and its infrastructure include: - The port Masterplan and digitilisation - Permanent Border Control Post being developed by the OPW - The N25 Rosslare Europort Access Road - Development of the ORE hub. In total, €350 million is set to be invested.
The first phase of the masterplan will be to
- install a new perimeter access road
- new entrance roundabout
- security fencing along the perimeter
- new freight check in area and the central spine access road
- The €1.5 million digitisation plan will run concurrently with phase one
A large proportion of this phase of the construction can be developed without any impact on the existing port operations as the construction is on the area adjoining the port facility. Phase one would enable freight to access the port along the new road and roundabout while check in at the new entry location.
Pictured: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Glenn Carr, Director, Commercial Business Units
On completion of phase one access for all freight will commence along the new access road, around to the western roundabout and enter the port through the new freight check in area. The Phase two works will include all the paving areas from the new central spine road to the northern quay including the areas for the bulk storage, export trailer area and trade car areas. The completion of these paved areas will enable existing storage areas to be transferred to free up zones for future phases. Phase 2 will be completed in sections to enable operations continue within the port.
This phase is the alteration around the main loading and unloading areas at the berths. It stretches from the terminal building to the berths in one direction and from the new roundabout to Berth 1 in the other direction. It would likely involve several small sections to be completed in sequence to minimise the effect on operations. The critical areas to complete would likely be adjoining berths and sequencing of the movement of traffic. Major advantages in phase three are;
- Sufficient reduction of traffic clash points within the port
- Increased efficient in loading discharging loading operations by streamlining traffic flow in the port
This final phase would include the areas for the import trailer storage, upgrade to the passenger vehicle check in and completion of the secure fencing. With the previous phases completed this will free up a large proportion of the trailer storage area for construction and only during the passenger vehicle area modifications would there be some minor impact on Port operations.
Port facilities are to be upgraded as part of government plans to meet customs, revenue, and agriculture and immigration controls post-Brexit with significant investment by Government. This investment along with the Rosslare Europort Masterplan will ensure that the port is Brexit ready and has the required facilities to meet future growth.
General Manager Rosslare Europort