Bray Port Concept
Locating an Port at Bray, may seem an odd choice at first glance!
But the increasingly populated East Coast of Ireland, urgently needs a modern deep-water port.
And strengthening Ireland's marine logistics connection directly with the EU, makes sense in these politically turbulent times!
The continued use of the old dredged harbours of Dublin and Belfast is logistically inefficient and wasteful of centre-city land.
The World has moved on in the last 200 years! And so too have the functional requirements of marine logistics.
Economics, drives the massive increase in the scale of ships that service the industry. An Industry on the cusp of full automation of both Ports and Ships. Powered by green energy in a foreseeable future where fossil fuels are banned from EU Territorial Waters.!
90% of the World's non-bulk cargo is transported by Container.
And Container Ships are not all 20K + TEU mega-ships with a 20 metre draft!
Smaller ships of the New Panamax Class carry 9,500 TEU's, are 366m long x 49m wide, with a draft of 15.2m.
Even this smaller Class of Container Ship cannot be accommodated in Ports such as Dublin or Belfast.
Upgrading of Ireland's infrastructure is required regardless. And the Concept Drawing begins to make sense when links to road and rail networks are simple to construct. The foreshore between Bray and Killiney can also be reclaimed as part of any comprehensive development. A continuous greened esplanade between Bray and Killiney will open up the entire Coastline for Leisure and Recreation.
For those who consider the Concept radical, I reference local History:
Some 200 years ago, the magnificent Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Coastal Railway, were constructed with little more than picks and shovels. These and similar engineering feats, helped accelerate Ireland into the Nineteenth Century. Infrastructure is a driver of economics!