Following the completion of an extensive port dredging project, the arrival of the largest steel ship to ever call to Greenore represents a new landmark for the port.
The cargo vessel MV Smart TIna arrived yesterday morning from China as part of its maiden voyage. The MV Smart Tina has a dead weight tonnage of 38,900T and measures 180 meters in length.
The main aim of the project was to make the port accessible to 8-meter draft vessels at all tidal conditions. One of the most challenging aspects of the project was the deepening of the berthing area which is located in a section of the harbor with a rock bottom and strong tidal currents.
“Dredging commenced in February and by mid-May we had removed over 7000 tonnes of rock from the harbor bed” said Niall McCarthy, General Manager of the Port.
McCarthy commented that the project was an investment in the future of the port, “there is a growing trend in the industry for larger, more efficient vessels which provide customers with economies of scale, it is important that Greenore Port can facilitate such vessels, so the arrival of a vessel the size of the MV Smart Tina is indeed a landmark for the Port”
Greenore Port was purchased by the Doyle Shipping Group in late 2014 and the port deepening project is part of the group’s strategic plan to develop facilities at the Port.
A privately owned Irish company the Doyle Shipping Group’s portfolio includes operations in Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Foynes Ports. The company has been operating since 1886 when it was founded by DF Doyle.