Since 1989 Malone O’Regan has provided planning, engineering and environmental services to the Port of Waterford Company for new port facilities at Belview. Vessels of up to 40,000 tonnes dwt can be handled at this facility. Two long reach gantry cranes load and unload containers. Belview Port has 4 rail sidings on the port quays, allowing containers to be loaded directly to/from ships or road transport. The works for which planning has been granted include:
- Dredging works
- Reclamation works
- Relocation of Lo – Lo container terminal from the Frank Cassin Wharf in Waterford City to a new 500m long suspended wharf structure and container compound.
- Development of approximately 2km of berths for handling break bulk and bulky goods. All berths comprise of a reinforced concrete wharf structure supported on steel bearing piles.
- Realignment of Waterford to Rosslare railway
- Road, railway overbridge, paved area
- Drains and services
- River training works
Malone O’Regan’s role in projects carried out to date includes:
- Preparation of all planning applications, environmental impact statements and various permit applications.
- Design, tendering and contract administration on several projects including:
- 500m long container terminal including dredging and reclamation works.
- 390m long bulk terminal including dredging and reclamation works developed in 2 phases.
- Railway overbridges, roads, drains and services.
- River training works comprising of four groynes on the south side of the River Suir.
Ports have to integrate and become involved in the life of the people in the local communities, so environmental considerations are very important for port development. Statutory Bodies at various administrative levels have put in place a wide range of policy instruments to limit negative environmental impacts such as noise, liquid and dust emissions and traffic. Malone O’Regan prepared the first Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on behalf of the Port of Waterford Company (PoWC) in 1990 for the development of the new Port at Belview. Phase 1 was opened in 1993. Further extensions were granted permission in 1996 and 1997. Most recently, in 2002, the PoWC was granted permission for Phases 7,9 and 10 of development at Belview, for which an EIS was prepared. In 1998. Malone O’Regan prepared an EIS for a proposed dredging and training works programme 1999 – 2005 within the River Suir Channel and Waterford Harbour on behalf of the PoWC. Over the years, Malone O’Regan has overseen, and been intensively involved with, public consultations involving local residents and fishing groups, An Bord Pleanala oral hearings and objections heard by the High Court.