Regularly vessels of 6,000 tonnes deadweight visit Galway, which has a total quay length capable of allowing up to 6 vessels in the inner dock at any one time depending on the vessel sizes.
Although Galway is tidal, the dock gates maintain a high water level within the tidal basin and vessels can dock and sail 2 hours before and up to high water.
The year 2017 saw 300 vessels totalling 602,299 tonnes of cargo through the port. Of this, imports were 465,290 tonnes and exports 127,080 tonnes.
Imports were petroleum products, Bitumen, Steel, Project Cargo (Wind Turbines)
Exports were Scrap Metal and Limestone.