Next stop is Dublin...in x30m cruise ship base
A NEW €30m cruise ship terminal will bring tourists right into the heart of the capital, Dublin Port Company has pledged in its masterplan.
The company plans to invest over €110m in developing the port over the next five years.
The terminal will be able to handle over 90 cruise liners and 135,000 passengers each season by 2015.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar TD launched Dublin Port Company's Masterplan 2012 to 2040 today.
Community representative groups, industry, business and government stakeholders have submitted their own views.
Implementing the plan will cost in excess of €600m over the next 30 years which will be financed from the company's own resources.
It will mean that the company will be ready to handle 60 million tonnes of goods by 2040, double its current figures assuming there is growth of 2.5pc per annum.
Although exports have been powering ahead, the port has some breathing space because of the economic downturn and can make the development within its existing footprint.
Central to the plan is the cruise ship terminal to the east of the East Link Bridge
"The company believes that the option identified in Dublin City Council's Local Area Plan of North Quay extension would provide the optimum location for this, bringing high spending passengers and crew within easy reach of the Luas and city centre shops, eateries and attractions," a representative for Dublin Port said.
And a visitor centre will be developed to show Dubliners the history of the port and provide an insight into its workings and interactive features such as simulated crane operating and piloting a vessel safely into the port.
Lucy McCaffrey, chairperson of Dublin Port Company, said: "We have endeavoured to strike a balance between the economic needs of the city and improving the aesthetics of the port and better integrating it with the city."
Improved walkways, cycle paths, public viewing platforms and art displays are also pencilled in.