The cargo vessel MV Smart TIna arrived in Greenore Port from China as part of its maiden voyage. The MV Smart Tina has a dead weight tonnage of 38,900T and measures 180 metres in length.
Greenore Port completed an extensive port dredging project in May. The main aim of the project was to make the port accessible to 8-metre draft vessels at all tidal conditions. Prior to the dredging works being carried out, the port would have been unable to handle a vessel of this size. One of the most challenging aspects of the project was the deepening of the berthing area which is located in a section of the harbour 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 harbour bed” said Niall McCarthy, General Manager of 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. 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’s previous largest steel ship was the MV Ourania, which had a dead weight tonnage of 27,797T.
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