The Irish port of Rosslare Europort has made major investment in its facilities.
These upgrade works are necessary to provide permanent Brexit infrastructure at the port to ensure compliance with EU Customs, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) and official food controls legislation, thereby providing protection for the EU single market, the company said.
Rosslare’s proposed terminal seven development includes the rebuilding of the existing site and the demolition of a number of existing buildings to facilitate the construction of a new border control post (BCP), consisting of a number of new buildings and associated external site infrastructure.
Terminal seven will facilitate the processing and exit routes from the passenger and freight ferries that use Rosslare Europort.
The Irish Ministry has developed the Rosslare project on behalf of the three agencies,which conduct checks and controls:
- the Revenue Commissioners
- the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
- the Department of Health/HSE.
Along with 58 weekly UK services, the port now also operates over 36 routes between Rosslare and Bilbao, Cherbourg, Le Havre, Dunkirk and Zeebrugge. It is now the only port in Europe to have the three largest ro-ro brands operating services collectively.
In the past two years, freight has grown by 53% with a 398% increase in continental trade. There has also been a return to pre-covid passenger numbers and port management is expecting one of its strongest summers for passenger and tourism business,.
Speaking after the announcement, Glenn Carr, Director of Commercial Business Units (pictured, right), Iarnród Éireann, said: “I am delighted that this tender has been awarded. The proposed works will greatly enhance the customer experience at Rosslare Europort for our customers and will ensure that as the port continues to grow, we will have the necessary infrastructure in place to future proof the port for generations to come.”