Dun Laoghaire Marina Development Strategy
Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company has appointed Fisher Associates to undertake a new study to evaluate the potential future demand for marina berths in Dun Laoghaire Harbour and to identify possible locations within the Harbour for future marina development.
The study will include an extensive consultation process with Harbour stakeholders and other interested parties. It is separate to the planned expansion of the current marina by 240 berths on which work will begin shortly. When completed, the marina will be the largest in Ireland.
The Harbour Company has been at the forefront of marina development in the country and its decision to undertake the study is driven by the significantly increased demand for marine leisure activities in recent years. This growth is projected to continue. Ireland’s marine tourism industry is estimated to be worth €631 million, and the Irish Marine Federation forecasts that the marine leisure sector in Ireland could grow by 30% between 2005 to 2008.
The study will be made up of a number of elements:
• a market study to examine current and likely future trends and demands
• identification of the short, medium and long term scope for development in terms of what capacity can be provided and when
• examination of issues and priorities on hydrographic and navigation issues
• identification of infrastructural options, associated requirements and environmental impact
• consultation meetings with stakeholders in the Harbour including the yacht clubs, Commissioners of Irish Lights, Stena Line, the Naval Service, the marina operating company and existing marina berth holders’ representatives.
Commenting on the study, Michael Hanahoe, Chief Executive of the Harbour Company said: “There is clearly a high demand for marina space and this important study will allow the Company consider future developments in the Harbour in an integrated and planned way.”