Port Parameters

Port Parameters

Port Parameters

Ships calling to Port of Waterford are typically met between Hook Head and Dunmore East by our Pilots who assist with the job of navigating through Waterford Estuary, from Dunmore East to Belview Port and Waterford City. There are no beam (width) or air-draught (height) restrictions and the journey through the marked navigation channel to Belview usually takes about an hour and fifteen minutes. The Pilotage Service operates two pilot boats, "Port Láirge" and "Tom Brennan", located at Dunmore East and Passage East.

On arrival at the quays, if required, vessels are assisted in the mooring (and departure) process by the Port's tug providers - South East Tugs and Fastnet Shipping.

Waterford Pilot Station Tel: +353 (0)51 383 119 (24 hours)

A watch is maintained by the VHF Station at Port Control base at Dunmore East, contactable 24 hours.  VHF Radio Channel 14

Below is a list of the Port Facilities available with operational parameters.

Facility Quay Length Maximum
Ship Draught


Ship Length

Belview Bulk Terminal 400 metres 9 metres 190m Bulk & General Cargo
Belview Container Terminal 450 metres 8 metres 160m Container & Project
Suir Shipping (private) 120 metres 7 metres 120m Bulk
Waterford City 280 metres 6 metres 130m Cruise

Please note that Spring tides may affect berthing and all facilities are subject to approval of Harbour Master.

Navigating Waterford estuary to Belview

Navigating Waterford estuary to Belview

Video showing large bulk carrier, Federal Hudson, navigating up Waterford estuary.

The journey start at pilot board zone (Dunmore East), then passing Duncannon, Passage East, Great Island Power Station and arriving at Belview.

The cargo of 14,000 tonnes of animal feed was discharged over two days.

Port Bye-Laws

Port Bye-Laws

Port of Waterford Company, under Section 42 of the Harbours Act 1996 (as amended by Section 8 of the Harbours (Amendment) Act 2000), hereby makes the following Bye-laws with respect to the use of, and the safety of navigation within, its harbour and generally with respect to the regulation of its harbour and property.