Key Initiatives

2015 Initiatives: "What we said we'd do vs What we did"

Continue our support for the Dublin Bay Birds Project in partnership with Bird Watch Ireland.

Throughout 2015, DPC continued to support the Dublin Bay Birds Project. To help provide the terns with more secure nesting space within the port, DPC prepared a plan for management of the tern colony, assisted by a number of stakeholder organisations. The upgrade work and new pontoon is in line with DPC’s Tern Colony Management Plan which was finalised in 2015.

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Host a Dublin Bay History and Environment Conference

DPC hosted a major conference on April 29th 2015 on the history and environment of Dublin Bay. The conference celebrated the 300th anniversary of the building of the Great South Wall, the beginning of the modern port. This full-day event explored the history of the bay, from maritime archaeology and historic maps to the sailing trawlers that once plied its waters.

A host of experts explained how the sandy shorelines change shape and how new sand dunes and salt-marshes are formed, as well as profiling the estuarine life, coastal birds and marine mammals. The conference ended with consideration of the future for Dublin Bay, the options for management and the likely impacts of climate change.

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Host the first AIVP, The Worldwide network of Port Cities in Dublin.

Dublin Castle was the location for the AIVP Conference 2015 from May 28-30th, an International Ports & City conference hosted jointly by DPC and Dublin City Council. Minister of State, Paudie Coffey TD opened the AIVP conference, which discussed the integration of port functions into redeveloping urban spaces on port city territory. This was the first time an AIVP conference was held in Ireland. The conference was based on the theme ‘Working Waterfront; a City-Port mix in progress’, and also included a ‘technical tour’ of Dublin Port land and waterside. AIVP, the world network of Port Cities, is the only international organisation that, for 25 years has been bringing together all the public and private development stakeholders in port cities.

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Establish a baseline figure of the air quality within and surrounding Dublin Port.

DPC commenced a baseline air monitoring programme from November 2014 to December 2015. The baseline air monitoring measured nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulphur dioxide (SO2), total depositional dust and PM10 using passive diffusion tubes, Bergerhoff gauges and PM10 continuous particulate monitor to assess compliance with relevant air quality standards and guidelines. The data is currently being analysed with consideration for activities and traffic and ships routes within the port to assist with the development of an action plan for any areas of improvement identified.

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Replace the existing CMMS (Computerised Maintenance Management System)

DPC has completed the installation of Pemac, the new CMMS. It went live in November 2015 and will be followed by the spare parts and stock management system by March 2016.

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Actively contribute towards the Dublin Bay Biosphere Partnership to ensure the designation of Dublin Bay as a UNESCO Biosphere.

On June 24th 2015, Dublin Bay Biosphere received its designation from UNESCO. This designation provides international recognition of the importance of the natural and cultural heritage of Dublin Bay.

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Complete in-house Environmental awareness training

Environmental Awareness training is continuous and provided to all new employees.

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Continue to work with SEAI to achieve a target of 33% energy efficiency savings and improvements by 2020.

DPC are preparing for accreditation to ISO50001, energy management system which will assist us to achieve our 33% energy efficiency saving promise.

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Continue to monitor land uses within the port to honour the existing leases/licences and improve upon land efficiencies by mutual consent.

In consideration of the ABR Project, land redevelopment has commenced with site clearance and preparation for tenant relocation. DPC will strive to achieve land use efficiency by mutual consent in consultation with relevant stakeholders where possible.

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Carry out trial testing on “live cameras” in Port Operations and go live.

The Web cams were installed during 2015. Access is available through our Dublin Port Blog web site at dublinportblog.com. The camera is located at Port Operations and pans East to West every couple of minutes.

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Continue to promote and improve the Ports presence via Social Media

DPC submits regular updates and information via our Facebook, Blog and Twitter accounts.

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Continue the monitoring of the new Traffic Measurement System to collate data for future development.

Traffic is monitored and information such as peak times and volumes are collated. Trends for traffic increase or decrease traffic volumes on both the inward and outward lanes are analysed against cargo volume throughput. The system also categorises traffic into vehicle types.

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Increase the footfall and scope of the Riverfest held each June Bank Holiday weekend.

The June Bank Holiday Weekend saw more than 44,000 people enjoying the third annual Dublin Port Riverfest at North Wall Quay, with a combination of on-water activity and on-land amusements. Due to inclement weather conditions and associated safety concerns, the Riverfest concluded earlier than anticipated reducing the footfall. The event space was increased for 2015 along with additional water activities and entertainment.

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Promote the Port Estate as a facilitator for public events.

Redevelopment works are planned to improve the Port Estate over the coming years. Port lands previously used for public events will be required to facilitate port tenants. This facilitation is vital to ensure port operations continue during the redevelopment works and prevent any loss of business for our tenants.

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Contribute to the level of leisure activities within the Port Community

  • Upgrading of St. Patrick’s rowing club marina pontoons
  • Removal of sunken wrecks in the vicinity of the Poolbeg Marina to allow easier access for leisure craft
  • Parade of Sail
  • The Liffey Swim
  • St Patrick’s Rowing Regatta
  • Stella Maris Rowing Regatta
  • Poolbeg Yacht Club Sailing Rowing Regatta
  • Old Gaffers Sailing Rowing Regatta
  • Dublin Curragh Rowing Regatta
  • River Liffey Kayaking
  • Harbour to Harbour walk

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2016 Initiatives