Port of Waterford to undergo month-long dredging plan

Port of Waterford, Ireland. Credit: Irish Maritime Development Office Waterford port, Ireland.

A month-long plan of maintenance dredging is going ahead at the Port of Waterford, on the Irish south coast, including the removal of sediment at Duncannon Bar, Cheekpoint, and the Port’s Belview terminal.

The Port of Waterford commissioned Irish Dredging, for the work, which will include the carriage of spoil to a disposal site southwest of Hook Head, in Wexford. The 90m Cyprus-flagged Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger Shoalway was chosen for this work, having previously been employed on contracts from the Dublin Port Company.

The removal of sediment and deepening projects will be followed by bed levelling by utility vessels Fastnet Sound and Glenesk. Choosing Irish Dredging, a Boskalis subsidiary, for the task gives the Port of Waterford many options in terms of the various dredging vessels needed to perform the job, which is slated for completion before the end of April.