Planning Permission Granted for new Cruise Ship Facility at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
An Bord Pleanala, the Irish planning authority, has granted permission for the development of a major new cruise berth at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.
The facility will include a new quay designed to accommodate cruise ships up to 250m in length, landside facilities to cater for the cruise visitors who will disembark from the visiting ships and extensive dredging works to deepen the harbour approaches sufficiently to allow access at all states of the tide.
A detailed Environmental Impact Assessment was commissioned by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company as part of the planning process and an Environmental Impact Statement accompanied the planning application. The project was deemed to be Strategic Infrastructure Development, and as such, was submitted directly to An Bord Pleanala, where it was subject to a detailed month long Oral Hearing process.
Waterman’s Dublin office was appointed as lead consultant by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company to prepare the preliminary designs for the cruise facility, prepare planning documentation, and to lead the Environmental Impact Assessment team, and it was assisted by Waterman’s UK based maritime and geotechnical teams, as well as planning and other technical, ecology and archaeology specialists.
Paul O’Connell, Managing Director of Waterman Ireland, commented; “We are proud to have been in a position, through our expertise in maritime engineering, to play a leading role in this exciting new phase in the life of this splendid historic harbour. The new berth will allow Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company to greatly expand its offering to the cruise industry, and the facility, when taken together with the facilities at Dublin Port, should firmly establish Dublin as a major destination on cruise itineraries.”