The current Port cannot facilitate vessels with capacity above 6,000 tonnes.
The core business of the Port is in the importation of oil, bitumen, steel and general cargo. For economic and environmental reasons, this core business is changing at a global level. Companies engaging in the importation of these items are opting to import higher capacity levels to gain more competitive prices.
Furthermore vessel sizes are increasing to reduce their carbon footprint thus making the import and export of liquid bulk more environmentally friendly. Instead of accommodating 6,000 tonne vessels, the Port of Galway needs to be in a position to accommodate 12,000 – 20,000 tonne vessels.
To achieve this the current water channel needs to be widened and deepened and the restrictions imposed by the Port gates, quays and berths need to be removed.