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.
The main activity of the port is freight handling, with a wide range of vessels, from large container carriers to small diesel lighters, visiting daily.
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.
The port is located either side of the River Liffey with the main part (205 hectares or 510 acres) on the north side of the river and lies at the end of East Wall and North Wall, from Alexandra Quay.
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.
In Quarter 4, 2020, Dublin Port handled 7,282 ship arrivals and 36.9M gross tonnes of throughput. 832,816 passengers, 214,700 tourist vehicles and 74,373 trade vehicles were carried during this quarter.