Foynes Port Dredging Kicks Off
The Foynes Port development project which began in February to transform the Shannon Estuary port into one of the biggest bulk harbors in Europe is moving ahead.
According to Shannon Foynes Port Company (SFPC), the suction dredger/dump barge Jenny T will carry out dredging and associated dumping works for approximately two weeks, dependent on weather conditions. Operations will be restricted to daylight hours only.
The expansion of the port will add an additional 35,000 square meters of additional berthage and create more open quay storage at the port.
The masterplan is focussed on unlocking the enormous potential of the Shannon Estuary arising from its unrivalled depths and resultant unique advantage of being the only natural watercourse in Ireland capable of handling the world’s largest vessels.
The new open quay storage area on the east-jetty will enable the company berth 40,000 ton vessels directly alongside the quay, leading to faster turnaround times for customers and, in turn, creating significant opportunities for growing cargo handling on the jetty in line with those projected in Vision 2041.