DB Schenker breaks ground on new Shannon Ireland facility

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DB Schenker invests EUR 10 million in a new multimodal logistic centre in Shannon, Ireland saying the investment is a “powerful commitment” to the Irish market.

The new site is located close to Shannon Airport (SNN) and has direct access to the local highway network, providing swift access to the western corridor of Ireland, according to Schenker. A full range of services including air and ocean freight, land transport, and value-added logistics solutions will be offered.

“This investment demonstrates DB Schenker’s commitment to Ireland and it also reflects the strong growth that DB Schenker has achieved with large multinational companies over the last few years,” says Ray Hennessy, CEO of DB Schenker in UK & Ireland.

“Shannon has been a high-performing location for us for many years. We have strong confidence in the Mid-West Region, and the additional capacity that this building creates will allow us to expand our customer base and offer additional employment opportunities in the area. We look forward to seeing the building completed and operational within 12 months,” Hennessy adds.

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Groundbreaking ceremony (l-r): Pat Dowling – chief executive, Clare County Council; Bryan Quille – director of Monami Construction; Sean Meaney – commercial director, DB Schenker; Ray Hennessy – CEO, DB Schenker UK & Ireland; Paddy Coleman – P.Coleman & Associates, consulting engineers; Mike Halton – director of business transformation & project’s, DB Schenker UK & Ireland; Helen Downes – CEO, Shannon Chamber; Liam Conneally – director Economic Development, Clare County Council; Gerry Dillon – managing director, Shannon Commercial Properties.

The new facility will have an area of 4,831 sqm in total, including a warehouse with an area of 3,716 sqm with a clearance height of 12.5 metres. The site will be TAPA A-certified in terms of security, including secure fencing, full CCTV coverage, access control throughout, an intruder alarm system, remote monitoring, etc.

In late December 2020, DB Schenker hosted a number of local officials at a groundbreaking ceremony marking the official start of the construction process, which is scheduled to run through to the end of Q1 2022, at which time DB Schenker expects to take occupancy of the new building.

The facility, once completed, will also comply with DB Schenker’s certifications for quality (ISO 9001), environmental protection (ISO 14001), and health and safety (ISO 45001). The warehouse will be heated and will allow temperature control in a range from 15˚C to 25˚C. The heating system will utilise a combination of a thermal solar facility and energy-efficient heat pumps. All lighting systems will be equipped with LEDs and the site will also provide electric-car charging stations. In addition, it will be set up to accommodate the installation of truck-charging stations in the future.

DB Schenker is also expanding in England, in the West-Midland region, at its existing site at Centurion Park in Tamworth. Here, the company is investing EUR 3.5 million in the expansion of an existing terminal facility, which will then have a total area of 14,214 sqm.


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