Port of Galway General Information
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.
Traffic & Throughput
The year 2016 saw 191 vessels totalling 588,103 tonnes of cargo through the port. Of this, imports were 459,990 tonnes and exports 128,113 tonnes.
Imports were petroleum products, Bitumen, Steel, Project Cargo (Wind Turbines)
Exports were Scrap Metal and Limestone.
Heavy lift cranage can be hired in locally.
There are no tugs at Galway. Vessels over 6,500 are evaluated on a case by case basis by the Harbour Master and are arranged through the local agent.
The Harbour Company has 2 X 8,000m²-covered storage warehouses which are on long term lease. Open yardage of approximately 10 acres at the Port Enterprise Park is available for short and long term leases.
Centre Quay: 1,330m² storage for cargoes such as logs, limestone or scrap metal.
Warehouse on centre pier: 300m²
A fully automatic and certified 50 tonne weighbridge is located near Dun Aengus Quay North was commissioned in 2007.
By road tanker from various suppliers.
The port can accept ships garbage in compliance with Marpol 73/78 annex V.
Security EC/725/2004(4), EU Directive 2005/65/EC
The Port is compliant under the terms of the ISPS Code and enhanced Port Security.
Waste Oil Reception Facilities
Waste Lub Oils and dirty bilge water can be handled by local contractor in 35m³ road tankers.
Freshwater is available on all quays at a rate of 20 tonne per hour.
Mulvoy Quay: 209m
Breathanach Quay: 176m
Dun Aengus North: 164m
Dun Aengus South: 161m
New Pier: 134m and 85m [tidal]
South East Extension: 93m
Folan Quay: 87m
Quirke Quay: 80m
The maximum length of ship permitted is 120m. Any vessel greater in length than 120m needs specific approval from the Harbour Master.
6.5m Neaps & 7.2 m Springs at present.
Width of Dock Gates
The dock gate to the port is 19.81m wide (65 feet) and the depth over the cill corresponds to the depth in the approach channel.