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Contractors & Access

This section contains information related to contractors, accessing the Port and Terms & Conditions and Byelaws of Rosslare Europort. For your convenience, we have listed the sections as follows:


Vehicle movement

These are examples of vehicle movements within Rosslare Europort, which may affect your access or work:

  • Trailers – dropping off and collecting or just being moved
  • Trade vehicles been discharged from a vessel to secure compound
  • Possible tailbacks due to inspections by Garda Síochána, Customs, Dept of Agriculture
  • Shuttle bus operating both inside and outside the restricted area
  • Bark and timber from bulk vessels off Fisherman’s Quay
  • Bulk cargo and abnormal loads
  • Bunkering Barges / lorries who are refuelling or finishing refuelling vessels.

Maintenance activities

Contractors and Port staff may be engaged in works involving:

  • Mobile platforms (slow moving or static)
  • Mobile cranes (slow moving or static)
  • Fixed lifting equipment
  • Plant and hand tools.

Driving in the Port

  • The maximum speed limit is 20 kph.
  • Where possible use the service routes.
  • When driving within the restricted area use your vehicle’s flashing hazard lights.
  • Use dipped headlights and hazard lights at night or when it’s raining.
  • The walkways throughout Rosslare Europort are marked for your attention.
  • Be alert and ready for the unexpected and give way.


Working close to the quay edge should be treated as high risk when completing risk assessments.

  • Some unprotected quay edges allow direct access to the sea.
  • Tidal levels vary depending on your work location within Rosslare Europort and can present heights in excess of 8m at low water.
  • When working in the Port’s service ducting system be aware that some will flood when the tide is high.

Ships’ Berthing Operations

When you are working on or near quay edges which are close to shipping movements you should be aware of the following:

  • Mooring operations – involving heaving lines being thrown from the vessels onto public areas.
  • Port staff making fast or slipping ships’ mooring lines.
  • Shipping movements – causing water disturbance.
  • Ships’ crews – performing maintenance operations.

Consult with the Harbour Master or the Head of Operations Manager who will provide details of all shipping movements etc.


Contractors Pass

  • A contractor’s pass is issued only when the work duration is greater than one working day. It will bear photographic ID of the individual contractor and will also have an expiry date printed on it.
  • When the pass has expired it must be handed back to the Harbour Master, either for renewal or because it’s the end of the contract.

Visitors Pass

  • A Day Pass is issued to contractors when work will be completed within a working day.
  • It must be handed back at the point of exit when leaving Rosslare Europort.

Obtaining a pass

 You must undertake the following:

  • Complete the Contractors Handbook form for Rosslare Europort so it is registered with the Harbour Master. 
  • Report to and Get permission to proceed from the Technical or Maintenance supervisor 
  • Have a Risk assessment and Method statement prepared for the works to be undertaken.
  • On attendance at Rosslare Europort you must produce one valid form of identification with photographic ID before a pass will be issued, you must also have adequate PPE, Hi vis clothing, lifejacket if working within 2m of the water.

Vehicle Pass

Quay Pass – If you need to bring a vehicle into the restricted area of Rosslare Europort to assist with works and the duration of the works is for an extended period, then you will be issued with a Quay Pass. This pass will remain valid for the duration of the project and will be issued by the company/ship requesting the work or the Harbour Master. 

Contractors Handbook

Contractors must obtain a Permit to Work before starting operations and hand it in at the end of each working day. This enables Rosslare Europort to monitor those contractors on or off site.


All contractors must comply with the following when working within the areas under the control of the Port Authority:

  • Prior to commencing work contact either the Technical or Maintenance supervisor or Harbour Master or Head of Operations Manager.
  • Persons caught in possession or under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be removed from site.
  • Contractors are expected to conform with the requirements of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015, The Safety Health & Welfare at Work Act, as well as all other relevant regulations applicable to the work being undertaken.
  • Contractors entering and working within the restricted area are subject to the International Ship & Port Facilities Security Code (ISPS), which may result in searching of persons and / or vehicles.
  • In the event of an accident or near miss the Port authorising officer or Duty Port Operations Manager should be informed as soon as possible.



If you hear the fire alarm leave the building by the nearest exit and go to the appropriate Muster Point. This is indicated on the map supplied with the Permit to Work and is also defined on the Fire Action notices displayed within the building.

If you see a fire call emergency services (999) and the Harbour Master +353 (0)53 915 7921 or/and Duty Controller +353 (0)53 915 7929 to raise the alarm. Attack the fire with the appliances provided, only if safe and confident to do so.

Other Incidents

In the event of an incident a member of Rosslare Europort staff will issue directions for you to follow. You must obey these instructions for your own safety. If there is more than one operative in your group, then please stay together in order that you can be accounted for.

Please note - Where possible please make your work area safe before relocating so that you do not create a hazard for others.


Here you will find the Byelaws and Terms & Conditions for Rosslare Europort: 

Parameters of the Port

Rosslare Europort has four RoRo berths and one bulk berth. Below are the available operational parameters for each berth.

A watch is maintained by the VHF Station at Port Control base at Dunmore East, contactable 24 hours.  VHF Radio Channel 12

For further information please contact the Rosslare Europort Harbour Master.


Quay Length

Max Vessel Length

Max Draught


Berth One221 metres200 metres6.5 metresRoRo / Cruise / General
Berth Two214 metres195 metres6.5 metresRoRo / Cruise / General / Bulk
Berth Three186 metres160 metres6.5 metresRoRo / Cruise / General
Berth Four140 metres120 metres4.2 metresRoRo / Cruise / General
Fisherman's Quay150 metres130 metres4.2 metresBulk / General

Waste Management Plan

For further information on our current waste management plan, please see the link below.

Rosslare Europort - Port Waste Management Plan 2021/2022