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Contracts & Tenders // September 19, 2006

MCJ Ref No: 558/X/05

Project Stage: Pre-Information Notice

Area: Galway, Ireland

Project Start: If approved, work on the port will start in four or five years and be completed in seven to ten years

Promoter: Galway Harbour Company, Harbour Office, New Docks, Galway, Ireland. Tel: 00353 91 562329; Fax: 00353 91 563738; E-mail: info@galwayharbour.com

Contact: Mr Tom O’Neill, Chief Executive

Profile: A proposed new multi-million Euro port planned for Galway city will aim to attract the lucrative liner business currently centred in Dublin and Cork, as well as becoming a marine hub. The relocation of the existing port at Galway docks, a kilometre out to sea, is part of a massive 2 billion Euro plan to transform the area into an Irish version of Sydney Harbour in what would be the biggest tourism development in the country. The vision is for a 32-acre Waterfront City, which could attract up to 50 cruise ships a year and generate 25 million Euro for the local economy. The current docks area would be transformed into a pedestrianised hub featuring a cultural centre, retail space, conference centre, residential units, restaurants, bars and cafes as well as a 200-berth marina. The Galway Harbour Company is currently completing an environmental impact statement on relocating the port and they plan to lodge a planning application for this phase of the project with the City Council by the middle of October. If this application is granted, the next step will be to apply for a foreshore licence which will take some time as it involves reclaiming land that is State-owned. The new port will have the facilities to cater for the largest liners afloat, which can carry 3,000 passengers

Dated: 12/09/2006

Tender information supplied by Maritime Contracts Journal, the weekly guide to business opportunities (e-mail: info@maritimecontracts.com; Internet: www.maritimecontracts.com; Tel: + 44 – 23 9246 0111; Fax: + 44 23 9246 0123


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