Warrenpoint Port has set Monday 15th October as the new date for an open drop-in event to allow members of the public and other stakeholders to learn more about proposed changes to how dredged material from the harbour is dealt with.
Taking place at Warrenpoint Town Hall from 3pm to 6pm, the event follows the postponement on health and safety grounds due to adverse weather caused by Storm Ali, of the previously planned meeting.
Clare Guinness, CEO, Warrenpoint Port said:
“We are pleased to announce a new date for the public to join with us at Warrenpoint Town Hall to find out more about proposals for a new placement site for dredged material.
“We are also extending the closing date for comments on this stage of the consultation process to 31st October.
“In our role as a custodian of the marine environment, we want to hear the views of all stakeholders before any plans are put into action.”
It is proposed that dredged material, is placed at a site in the mouth of Carlingford Lough between Cranfield Point and Greencastle.
A number of surveys, studies and assessments will be undertaken to determine the suitability of the location, the results of which will be made publicly available and will be subject to further public consultation.
The public drop-in event will be attended by staff from Warrenpoint Port and its consultants Royal HaskoningDHV. More information is available at www.wordpress-497335-2099574.cloudwaysapps.com while comments can be made by contacting Warrenpoint.placement.site.characterisation.Study@rhdhv.com.
For more information please contact Simon Cunningham, Lighthouse Communications at Simon@lighthouseni.com or 07731824431.
Notes to editors
- Warrenpoint Port is the second largest port in Northern Ireland and the fifth biggest on the island of Ireland.
- Warrenpoint Harbour Authority was created as a Trust Port by legislation in 1971.
- In 2017, the value of goods moving through Warrenpoint Port was £6.2billion, £164 million of which was direct international trade. The Port handled 3.48 million tonnesof cargo in 2016 increasing to 3.56 million tonnes in 2017.
- The port employs 67 staff directly, but more than 200 people work at the harbour every day.
- In addition to serving the markets in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, the Port deals with imports and exports from countries and regions across the world including to Spain, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Ukraine and the Americas.