My Department owns, operates and maintains six designated State-owned Fishery Harbour Centres, located at Castletownbere, Dingle, Dunmore East, Howth, Killybegs and Ros An Mhíl under statute. In addition, my Department also has responsibility for the upkeep and maintenance of North Harbour at Cape Clear, as well as the maintenance of a small number of specific piers, lights and beacons throughout Ireland, in accordance with the 1902 ex-congested Districts Board piers, lights and Beacons Act.
Killybegs Harbour has been attracting increasing levels of fishing, commercial cargo and cruise liner activity and the need for additional berthage has been recognised. Between 2010 - 2018, as part of my Department’s Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme, in excess of €20 million has been invested in maintenance, development and upgrading works at Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre.
The Smooth Point project, when complete, will provide a much needed additional 120 metres quay space. As some of the material to be dredged was contaminated, the project was divided into two phases. Work on phase 1 of the project, which entailed the dredging and removal of the contaminated material, commenced in 2017 and was completed in 2018. The total cost of this phase including preparation, permitting and design costs stands at €6.5m.
I have announced the details of a €35.7m Fishery Harbour and Coastal Development Capital Programme for 2019. Killybegs has been allocated in excess of €5m this year of which €4m is earmarked for phase 2 of the Smooth Point project. Phase 2 involves the dredging of the remaining uncontaminated material and construction of the 120 metres of berthing space.
The tenders for the construction of the project were received by my Department’s Engineers on the 20th of May and are currently undergoing assessment. Following completion of the tender assessment process, it is hoped to award a contract to the successful tenderer in July, with mobilisation on site to begin in August or early September subject to the successful contractor’s availability. It is anticipated that this phase of the project will have a duration of twelve months. However, the final costs and timeline will only be determined following the competitive tendering process.