Dublin Port Company is a self-financing, private limited company wholly-owned by the State, whose business is to manage Dublin Port, Ireland’s premier port. Established as a corporate entity in 1997, Dublin Port Company is responsible for the management, control, operation and development of the port. Dublin Port Company provides world-class facilities, services, accommodation and lands in the harbour for ships, goods and passengers. The company currently employs 144 staff.
Located in the heart of Dublin City, 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.
Dublin Port handles almost 50% of the Republic’s trade, two thirds of all containerised trade and is the largest of the three base ports on the island of Ireland, the others being Belfast and Cork. Base ports offer multi-modal services with connections to transhipment ports such as Rotterdam and are important strategic trading hubs.
Dublin Port also handles over 1.76 million tourists through the ferry companies operating at the port and through the cruise vessels calling to the port.
Dublin Port Company is well positioned financially and operationally to build on its many successes to date. Resources are in place to fund further development of the Port’s expansion plans without recourse to Exchequer funding, a key tenet of the national ports policy. With trade levels beginning to show signs of recovery, Dublin Port will remain a hugely positive force driving competitiveness, facilitating trade and generating economic growth well into the future.
Pat Ward is Head of Corporate Services at Dublin Port Company and is a member of the ITIC Council.