Shannon Foynes Port
Shannon Foynes Port is a port facility within the Shannon Estuary in Ireland. It is the second largest port in Ireland. It is operated and managed by the Shannon Foynes Port Company(SFPC), whose main operating office is based in Foynes, County Limerick. SFPC has statutory jurisdiction over all marine activities in the estuary between a line drawn from Kerry Head to Loop Head, and Limerick. Foynes Harbour was first surveyed in 1837 and was identified as a potential port development location. The initial substantial works were carried out in 1846, with the construction of a masonry wharf 83m long and 12m wide, in the location now known as the West Quay. This wall is still in place at berth 1.
The Shannon Act 1885, an Act of Parliament in the reign of Queen Victoria, was passed to transfer the operation, control and ownership of Foynes Harbour from the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland. The Foynes Harbour Trustees were established in 1890. The Trustees proceeded immediately to construct a timber jetty extending Northwards from the Masonry Quay. In 1915 the Trustees constructed a concrete Eastern Spur parallel to the Masonry Quay.
In 1933, the Trustees acquired a Foreshore Lease from the State in order to construct a new jetty extending Northwards from the existing West and East Spurs, and completed this concrete piled structure in 1936. This was designed to cater for 8,000 ton vessels with maximum draft of 7.6m. In 1968 the Trustees constructed the East Jetty under Foreshore Licence; this was principally for the provision of a berth to service ore exports and included a conveyor and loading arm.
In 1984, the East Jetty was extended Westwards to cater for the growing number of ships calling at the Harbour. A dedicated Oil Dolphin facility was constructed in 1992 and provided a berth for oil and chemical tankers. The new West Quay was completed in 1999. Other Estuary Terminals
There are three user-owned terminals on the Estuary. The jetty at Tarbert was commissioned in 1969 to serve the oil-fuelled power station constructed there. It is planned to convert the generating station to gas but fuel storage facilities are being maintained by the National Oil Reserves Agency (NORA). Across the Estuary from Tarbert, on the County Clare side, lies Money point terminal, a dedicated facility for coal used to fuel the ESB-owned generating station on site. The plant went into full production during 1987. Close to Foynes, at Aughinish Island, the jetty dedicated to bauxite and alumina cargoes was constructed to serve the alumina producing plant which went into production in 1983.
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