Facilities And Quays

Stevedoring and Cargo Handling

Stevedoring and Cargo Handling

Port operations run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Ports at Belview and Waterford inner port operate under the ISPS Code (International Ship & Port Security). Port of Waterford is involved in bulk, general cargoes and container handling through its licenced stevedores, who employ skilled workforces with modern efficient equipment and have significant storage available close to the Port.

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Port Parameters

Port Parameters

Port of Waterford is involved in bulk, general cargoes and container handling through its licenced stevedores, who employ skilled workforces with modern efficient equipment and have significant storage available close to the Port.

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Agencies

Agencies

A number of experienced local agencies can represent ship owners’ and charterers’ interests while in Waterford.

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Operations

Operations

As Waterford harbour is an estuary, various navigational and operational factors need to be considered including tide, depths and marked navigation channel. There are no beam or air-draft restrictions. Ships up to c. 32,000 dwt may be handled subject to tide, however to ensure safe navigation, pilotage is compulsory. Vessels greater than 170m length overall (LOA) may be accommodated, however need to be planned in conjunction with the Harbour Master.

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Health & Safety

Health & Safety

Port of Waterford is committed to the health, safety and welfare of all persons on its sites. All visitors to operational areas (Quays) are required to have undertaken and passed our on-line Health & Safety Induction program unless accompanied by a member of staff. Our Health & Safety Policy and online induction can be accessed here.

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Environment

Environment

Port of Waterford is committed to and is engaged in a continuous improvement regime and the implementation of systems and processes that will make a real difference to the environment. Our Environmental Policy includes managing our Ships Waste Reception facilities to the highest standard, reducing our energy usage, managing product/cargo run-off on the quays and utilising new technologies to best advantage. Various projects are being undertaken to monitor and reduce consumption.

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Security

Security

Port of Waterford is operating at Security Level 1 and is in compliance with the ISPS Code, the international standard for port security. Port agents etc etc pre-arrival information run 24 hours before arrival1. The Ports at Belview and Waterford inner port operate under the ISPS Code (International Ship & Port Security).

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Ship Map

Ship Map

The map shows the current vessel traffic in Waterford estuary, courtesy of Marine Traffic.

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Tide & Weather

Tide & Weather

The state of the tide and weather influences the everyday activity in a port. Weather conditions will impact the timing of arrival and departure of shipping and also has a significant bearing on when and if certain cargoes can be handled. The tidal range in Waterford Estuary runs from 3.5 metres to 4.9 metres, ie the height the tide will rise over the low water mark (datum).

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Storage

Storage

There are several covered and open storage options, depending on cargo attributes.

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Towage

Towage

There are a number of local experienced towage operators who have a variety of vessels available to assist for berthing, departing or repairing operations.

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Rail

Rail

Belview Port has 4 rail sidings that come right into the port quays, allowing containers to be loaded directly to/from ships or road transport.

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Arrivals & Departures

Arrivals & Departures

Safe navigation to berth is carried out with the assistance of one of Waterford’s highly experienced licenced pilots. The Pilot boards arriving ships at Dunmore East, from where the ship is navigated to berthage . The passage to Belview is approximately 1.5 hours, passing the estuarial communities of Duncannon, Arthurstown, Ballyhack, Passage East and Cheekpoint.

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Webcam

Our webcam is located at Dunmore East, mouth of Waterford Harbour. Dunmore East harbour is on the left and the Wexford Hook Penninsula to the right.

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Engineering Support Services

Engineering Support Services

Local companies offer both repairs to equipment and manufacturing of steel products for the industrial and marine sectors as well as specialist port products including hoppers, grabs and lifting equipment. Each provider has proven quality workmanship and reliability of service.

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