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    Who owns the ferry terminal now? I see the Irish Lights vessel ties up there on Google Streetview. Given it's life is over as a ferryport, what plan is there for the terminal building?
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    Given that the Dun Laoghaire Masterplan was to build a "Cruise Terminal" it might just be time to have the NS jump in. With the coronavirus crisis the cruise industry has been hit even more than the airline industry and will take much longer to come back. Therefore Dun Laoghaire needs something new, the NS taking over Carlisle Pier would bring a replacement revenue stream for the Harbour.

    Alternative mooring locations would be Arklow, the North Quay or Drogheda as the shallow water and viaduct would not be an issue for 40-50m patrol craft.

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    Howth, like Dun Laogharie also has the DART within walking distance of their harbours for easy access to both mainline train stations in Dublin , a consideration if a system of rotating crews were to be used , Howth also has a combi lift if these vessels need to be dry docked for maintenance .
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    Quote Originally Posted by EUFighter View Post
    Given that the Dun Laoghaire Masterplan was to build a "Cruise Terminal" it might just be time to have the NS jump in. With the coronavirus crisis the cruise industry has been hit even more than the airline industry and will take much longer to come back. Therefore Dun Laoghaire needs something new, the NS taking over Carlisle Pier would bring a replacement revenue stream for the Harbour.

    Alternative mooring locations would be Arklow, the North Quay or Drogheda as the shallow water and viaduct would not be an issue for 40-50m patrol craft.
    The harbour is now under DLRCC and the ferry terminal is intended for use as office pods (not sure if that ever happened)

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    Quote Originally Posted by EUFighter View Post
    Given that the Dun Laoghaire Masterplan was to build a "Cruise Terminal" it might just be time to have the NS jump in. With the coronavirus crisis the cruise industry has been hit even more than the airline industry and will take much longer to come back. Therefore Dun Laoghaire needs something new, the NS taking over Carlisle Pier would bring a replacement revenue stream for the Harbour.

    Alternative mooring locations would be Arklow, the North Quay or Drogheda as the shallow water and viaduct would not be an issue for 40-50m patrol craft.
    NO revenue stream for a STATE Ship in a State acquired Berth. CIL homeport their ship at Dunlaoghaire and may have it at a pro bono rate. No National Navy should pay for its berthage in defence of the State.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancientmariner View Post
    NO revenue stream for a STATE Ship in a State acquired Berth. CIL homeport their ship at Dunlaoghaire and may have it at a pro bono rate. No National Navy should pay for its berthage in defence of the State.
    No berthage is for free, even in Haulbowline the NS has costs, in the latter case the upkeep of the facilities including thing like dredging of the basin. Dun Laoghaire port is no longer a state entity, it now belongs to DLRCC, and even I think this was a strategic mistake. But it is what it is and DLRCC run the port not for the benefit of the state but for DLR residents. So they will need some compensation, it can be in the form of a 99 year lease with DLRCC committed to ensuring the access. And outside such considerations there are the benefits from supporting a naval base no matter how small.

    The CIL have been resident there for a long time and where already there when the port was handed to DLRCC, thus they will have already had arrangements in place. The NS was not resident and thus would have to negotiate new arrangements. I totally agree that ports and NS access to port should be handled at a national level with a proper strategy but that does sadly not happen. This should however not stop the NS from finding a suitable arrangement with DLRCC or going north or south to another suitable port on the east coast.

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    The NS doesn't have to pay for berthage in Haulbowline, or should it in any port in Ireland. It is not a commercial body. No different to expecting the GS arriving at a shopping centre to deal with shoplifters to pay for parking outside. Or expecting the Fire Brigade to pay water charges for using a hydrant to put out your fire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    The NS doesn't have to pay for berthage in Haulbowline, or should it in any port in Ireland. It is not a commercial body. No different to expecting the GS arriving at a shopping centre to deal with shoplifters to pay for parking outside. Or expecting the Fire Brigade to pay water charges for using a hydrant to put out your fire.
    What I was saying is that even the berthage at Haulbowline is not for free, it has cost associated with its maintenance, security etc. Just because the costs are internal does not mean they disappear, they still come out of the same budget.

    Nothing is for free, even the water in a fire hydrant (as well as the provision of said hydrant) has costs associated with it. This has been borne by the local authority who are also the ones who provide the fire service funding.

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    The thing is , when DLRCC took ownership of the harbour from Dublin Port it came with all it's associated debt which DLRCC will be trying to reconcile from any future clients of the harbour .
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    Quote Originally Posted by EUFighter View Post
    No berthage is for free, even in Haulbowline the NS has costs, in the latter case the upkeep of the facilities including thing like dredging of the basin. Dun Laoghaire port is no longer a state entity, it now belongs to DLRCC, and even I think this was a strategic mistake. But it is what it is and DLRCC run the port not for the benefit of the state but for DLR residents. So they will need some compensation, it can be in the form of a 99 year lease with DLRCC committed to ensuring the access. And outside such considerations there are the benefits from supporting a naval base no matter how small.

    The CIL have been resident there for a long time and where already there when the port was handed to DLRCC, thus they will have already had arrangements in place. The NS was not resident and thus would have to negotiate new arrangements. I totally agree that ports and NS access to port should be handled at a national level with a proper strategy but that does sadly not happen. This should however not stop the NS from finding a suitable arrangement with DLRCC or going north or south to another suitable port on the east coast.
    We also were there for a long time and inherited a Naval Buoy from the RN. We had to go to the buoy in DL every trip on the East coast to maintain our rights. When the HSS was mooted , our buoy was in the approach track. We were offered the East pier berth as a naval berth. We have rights and property in the harbour from 1930's and foundation of the Slua Muiri, and the quid pro Quo for relinquishing our Buoy. I also did 8 years with CIL as relief Navigation officer and we berthed on old British railway berth as a permanent Lights Berth 1992-2000 and I'm sure thereafter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ancientmariner View Post
    The penury of our Ports system is highlighted by the fact that providing a second permanent secure Naval Berth on the East Coast may be litigious . Dunlaoghaire has become a Marina and weeds are growing on what was once BR quays and rail links to the National system. The right of Government to allocate free Berths was rescinded in recent Harbour Acts, effectively making the Irish naval Service homeless and subject to allocation, or not, on the day of arrival, at all ports, other than the base at Haulbowline.
    There is now a 2m high chain link fence around the edge of the Naval berth in Dun Laoghaire.

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    And the 21st Bn post in there is long gone
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    Quote Originally Posted by ancientmariner View Post
    In the development of any major new port, the plans and feasibility must be done by PORT Design Engineering agencies. The depicted design is nuts with too much shoehorning of berths in the port area, such as having stern or bow berthing in the same linear area as alongside berthing. The new harbour will also need swell and weather break harbour walls. Irish developers NEVER use their own money so you never know who the eventual owner will be. All ports should be controlled by a national Ports Agency to oversee ongoing development. The Bremore Port depiction is a mini port for a couple of conventional ships and a few ro-ro's or Lo-Lo's. Fairy stories underweigh.
    Whatever we do about ports in the future, right now we need to listen to Importing/exporting Industry and find some permanent way of eliminating the compromised Landbridge to European markets. Our Roll on/ roll off traffic is about 41096 tonnes daily or 15,000,000 tonnes annually. The daily rate would occupy 2055 TEU's which would require at least 5 ships each to lift 400 TEU's and 400 Truck?Tractors. We should consider a permanent or long term charter with Irish Crews and management.

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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    I saw Johnny Ronan mentioned and stopped reading.
    There is an ongoing malaise at strategic levels for failing to see the need for improvement of all major infrastructures not least Ports and their capacities, and also the National power grid. The Green policy sees most national power generation ,using fossil fuels closed down, while tinkering with wind and plugging into our neighbour's Power far and wide. In these circumstances entities spring up with bright ideas, leading us into PPP land of charges and tolls. Today's forecast is that we are soon reaching a point when our needs in power will not be met due to demands of Electric auto units and Data centres.
    The Ports situation is also critical in that the range of berth choices is fast diminishing and essential repair facilities for larger vessels has been reduced to a single port.

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    Not a salt water head by any means, but isn't Foynes a deep water port? Mind you, a major upgrade of the N69 would be needed for access to/from Limerick and hence to the national roads network
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    I saw Johnny Ronan mentioned and stopped reading.


    Had a giggle when I thought of Mario Rosenstock's p1$$ take of said same...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Truck Driver View Post
    Not a salt water head by any means, but isn't Foynes a deep water port? Mind you, a major upgrade of the N69 would be needed for access to/from Limerick and hence to the national roads network
    The difficulty with the Port of Foynes is it's distance from the sea. The approach to the Shannon Estruary can be a long climb from the Blaskets to the shelter of LOOP Head in westerly or northwesterly gales. That, added to the long passage to Foynes, coupled with the narrowing effect of BEAL BAR, and the very narrow approach south of FOYNES Island, makes the port less than Handy. The N69 is an asset but the port is small with one commercial quay AFAIK.

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