Dublin Port Company is a self-financing, private limited company wholly-owned by the State, whose business is to manage Dublin Port, Ireland’s premier port. Established as a corporate entity in 1997, Dublin Port Company is responsible for the management, control, operation and development of the port. Dublin Port Company provides world-class facilities, services, accommodation and lands in the harbour for ships, goods and passengers.

Located in the heart of Dublin City, 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.

Under the 1996 Harbours Act the limits of Dublin Port consist of the waters of the River Liffey commencing from and including Rory O’Moore Bridge and extending to an imaginary straight line drawn from the Baily Lighthouse on the north in the County of Dublin and extending through the North Burford Buoy and thence through the South Burford Buoy and thence to Sorrento Point on the south including all bays, creeks, harbours and all tidal docks within such area.

Dublin Port handles almost 50% of the Republic’s trade, two thirds of all containerised trade and is the largest of the three base ports on the island of Ireland, the others being Belfast and Cork. Base ports offer multi-modal services with connections to transhipment ports such as Rotterdam and are important strategic trading hubs.

Dublin Port also handles over 1.76 million tourists through the ferry companies operating at the port and through the cruise vessels calling to the port.

Not only does Dublin Port Company compete with other ports on the island of Ireland but, perhaps more importantly, it also operates a competitive business model within the Port itself where eight terminals compete for business in the unitised sector. Unitised trade is comprised of Lo-Lo and Ro-Ro and accounts for over 80% of Dublin Port’s trade.

Dublin Port Company is well positioned financially and operationally to build on its many successes to date. Resources are in place to fund further development of the Port’s expansion plans without recourse to Exchequer funding, a key tenet of the national ports policy. With trade levels beginning to show signs of recovery, Dublin Port will remain a hugely positive force driving competitiveness, facilitating trade and generating economic growth well into the future.

Dublin Port Company provides a number of key services to its customers within the port. The Company has made and continues to make significant investment in order to ensure that the services provided are modern, efficient and cost-effective.


The primary services provided are:

Vessel Traffic Management


Useful publications

We have listed below links to publications that we think may be of interest to those of you interested in Dublin Port, it’s surroundings and it’s history.

Port Careers

A key element of the success of Dublin Port Company is the commitment and experience of the Company’s workforce. The contribution of Dublin Port Company’s employees to the day-to-day running of the company continues to ensure that this organisation and natural resource plays a hugely positive role in the life of the city and the State’s economy.


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