From Department of Defence

Published at 20 October 2020

Last updated 21 October 2020

Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D.,

Announces Funding for Upgrading of the Spencer Jetty, Haulbowline Naval Base

The Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., today announced funding for the upgrading of Spencer Jetty in Haulbowline Naval Base to provide for the berthage requirements for the Naval Service Fleet.

This project consists of:

- Remedial and strengthening works to the steel piles and concrete deck

- Construction of a raised turning area/parking zone and access ramp to the Jetty

- Upgrading of bollards, rails and ladders

- Provision of new fendering

The Spencer Jetty Upgrade will stabilise the currently unusable Jetty structure and protect the sea entrance to the NS Dockyard and Basin. The upgraded facility will also provide the Naval Service with an additional short term berth.

The project is part of the Plan to increase berthing capacity for the current fleet in three distinct standalone infrastructural projects, with the Spencer Jetty Upgrade delivered as Phase 1. All of these projects are included in the 5 year Infrastructure Development Plan.

Minister Coveney stated that “the refurbishment and upgrading of the facility is being undertaken as part of the 5 year Infrastructure Development Plan which was announced earlier this year. Today’s announcement is part of a suite of investments we are making in our Defence Forces over the next 5 years, to ensure that our Defence Forces are enabled to contribute fully to their assigned roles.”

Commencement of construction work on site is planned for before the end of year with the works expected to take one year to complete.

This project provides for an investment of some €1.4m (excl VAT) to provide for the berthage needs at Haulbowline.