Spotted: Smart Tina Tests Greenore Port’s New Depth
The MV Smart Tina has become the largest steel ship to ever call to Greenore following the completion of an extensive dredging project at this Irish port.
The 38,900 dwt, 180-meter-long MV Smart Tina arrived yesterday morning from China as part of its maiden voyage.
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.
”Dredging commenced in February and by mid-May we had removed over 7,000 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.
”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,” McCarthy said.