Port Of Foynes Case Study

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1.1) Spatial and Functional Mapping

The Shannon Foynes Port Company (herein SFPC) services six facilities on the Shannon Estuary. The facilities at Foynes, Limerick Docks and Shannon Airport are owned by the company and the other three dedicated terminals are all privately owned.
The Port of Foynes
Size
The Port estate comprises of 53.31 hectares with 42.5 hectares of land in the ownership of the SFPC and 10.7 hectares in third party ownership.
Of the land in the ownership of the SFPC;
• 18.7 hectares is presently leased to port users,
• 5.8 hectares are occupied by warehousing and offices,
• 10 hectares remain available for development,
• 8 hectares comprises of roads and infrastructure.
Source: (SFPC Vision, p.12)
Quay/Jetty Length & Port
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Currently, the Port of Foynes is operating very close to maximum capacity with only 10 hectares remaining undeveloped or unoccupied to accommodate future growth and thus is likely the port will require additional land to facilitate post expansion in the future. According to SFPC predictions, the Port will require at least 127 hectares by 2040. (Source: Vision 54-59)
It is possible that the Port of Foynes could continue to operate in its current form and serve its existing market sectors. However, having regard to the competitive dynamics within the overall Irish market, it is likely that the Port of Foynes would begin to lose significant market share to other port operators in Dublin and Cork. Thus this option is neither viable nor practical. (Source: Vision 53)
Thus, the SFPC vision 2011-2041 expresses the Ports desire to expand to the large area South-East of the current port. This location is depicted in Picture 4. While this move will require third party land negotiations and zoning approval from the Limerick Country Council, this expansion is one which is easier than the concept of land reclamation from the sea or moving operations elsewhere which city ports often face
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