Dublin Port Company (DPC) provides the necessary infrastructure and marine services to allow the berthing and working of cargo and passenger ships in Dublin Port. It has been the policy of the Company for the past 20 years that all cargo handling and terminal operations are carried out by private sector companies operating in competitive markets.
For reasons of history, private sector operators in Dublin Port currently work under a variety of types of franchise including leases, licences and terminal operating agreements. The structure and management of such franchises is key to DPC ensuring that the assets of Dublin Port are utilised to the greatest extent possible and as cost efficiently as possible.
DPC highlighted in its recently published Masterplan 2012 - 2040 the Company's commitment to maximise the utilisation of the port's existing berths and land bank. The types and terms of franchises are key to achieving this objective.
Against this background, DPC is commencing a review of its franchises with the objective of implementing a clear policy setting out the different types of franchise the company will issue in the future and the nature of the process that will be followed to select or renew franchises. DPC would welcome the thoughts and observations of anyone with a knowledge, dependence or interest in how Dublin Port is operated.
If you would like to have your views considered, please e-mail us at email@example.com or write to us at Franchise Review, Dublin Port Company, Port Centre, Alexandra Road, Dublin 1.
We would like to get your views by the end of September. The next step then will be to publish a draft franchise policy, hopefully, by the end of December. This will be available for a final phase of consultation to mid-February 2013 and we would hope to have a final policy document in circulation by the end of March next year.
Date Published: Friday 13. of July 2012