Meeting with Dublin Port CEO Eamann O'Reilly

Dublin Port Communication Manager  Charlie Murphy, Lithuanian Ambassador to Ireland Egidijus Meilūnas, Dublin Port Chief Executive Officer Eamonn O’Reilly Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce in Ireland Chief Executive Officer Antanas Gedvilas

Very important meeting with Dublin Port Chief Executive Officer Eamon O‘Reilly and Communication manager Charlie Murphy. We agreed about first business mission between Lithuanian and Ireland ports and stevedoring associations to Lithuania. In Ireland Dublin ports is an important strategy object of the country. Dublin Port handles almost 50% of all trade in the Republic of Ireland. Located in the heart of Dublin City and at the hub of the national road and rail network, Dublin Port is a key strategic access point for Ireland and in particular the Dublin area. Lithuanian port is only one Ice free port in eastern Baltic sea.


Meeting with Dublin Port CEO Eamann O'Reilly

Dublin Port Company is a State-owned commercial company responsible for operating and developing Dublin Port.  Dublin Port is the largest freight and passenger port in Ireland with all cargo handling activities being carried out by private sector companies operating in intensely competitive markets within the Port.

Dublin Port is one of five major ports classified as Tier 1 / Tier 2 ports in National Port Policy and categorised as core / comprehensive ports in the EU’s TEN-T network.  Dublin Port’s large share of national port volumes, particularly in the Ro-Ro and Lo-Lo modes, arises due to a combination of two factors, location and depth of water. Dublin Port is a key part of the national port system and Dublin Port Company seeks to ensure that it plays its role in providing national port capacity.

Dublin Port is increasingly a docking area for cruise liners. Celebrity Eclipse began to home port in Dublin on 29 April 2018. reports 217 Cruise ships in 2017 and anticipated 251 cruise ships in 2018. also provides updates. Terminal 7 was created between Promenade and Tolka Quay road at Branch Road. This temporary facility is entered from Promenade Road and allows cruise guests to check-in and leave baggage. A shuttle services transports guests to Ocean Pier 33. A new baggage claim facility was added to Ocean Pier 33 for guests to use when disembarking.

Cargo volumes at Dublin Port grew by 3.4% in Q1 2018 to exceed nine million gross tonnes for the quarter. Imports for the first three months of the year rose by 4.3% while exports increased by 2.1%. Most of the port’s cargo is comprised of freight trailers and containers and both sectors showed continued strong growth, with Ro-Ro up by 2.5% and Lo-Lo container volumes ahead by 5.3%.

On the passenger and vehicle side of the business, imports of trade vehicles in the first three months jumped by 14.2%, while passenger volumes climbed by 8.6%. Similarly, the number of tourist vehicles grew by 6.4%. Furthermore, Dublin Port’s cruise business will see 154 cruise ship arrivals, bringing a record-breaking 275,000 visitors to the city this year, including 10 maiden calls and five full turnaround cruises.

Dublin Port is a seaport in Dublin, Ireland, of both historical and contemporary economic importance. Approximatively two-thirds of Ireland’s port traffic travels via the port, which is by far the busiest on the island of Ireland.

The main activity of the port, as per the statistic above, is freight handling, with a wide range of vessels, from large container carriers to small diesel lighters, visiting daily.

Roll-on/roll-off ferry services run regularly across the Irish Sea to Holyhead in Wales, Liverpool in England and in the summer months and at Christmas to Douglas, Isle of Man. The largest car ferry in the world, the Irish Ferries ship MV Ulysses which can carry up to 2000 passengers, runs on the Holyhead route.