#GuinnessTanks - The current Guinness TV advert campaign 'Made of More' is apt given additional fermentation tanks bound for St. James Gate Brewery in central Dublin, arrived by cargoship to Dun Laoghaire Harbour late last month, writes Jehan Ashmore.
To recap, Diageo began last year a €153m upgrade to refurbish the historic city-centre brewery, however due to low-bridge heights restrictions, this led to use of alternative roads to transport the cylinder-shaped tanks from Dun Laoghaire Harbour instead of Dublin Port.
This latest batch of stainless steel fermentation tanks on board Wilson Goole (1995/2,446grt) are understood to each weigh up to 30 tonnes. The previous 'project' cargo unloaded in Dun Laoghaire was during late 2013 and was tasked to Thamesteel I (1989/1,984grt) see report HERE, which features a telescopic wheelhouse and she departed directly from Rotterdam.
On this occasion, Wilson Goole also departed the Dutch port but her route included en route call to Follafoss, Norway followed by a short-cut through Scotland involving a transit of the Caledonian Canal. Upon arrival to Dun Laoghaire she docked at the Carlisle Pier.
The Norwegian operated vessel also features a telescopic bridge which overlooked four of the six cylinder tanks mounted as deck-cargo while the remaining two were stowed in the hull. For drawings of the vessel's cargo-hold layout, click here.
The majority of the project's tanks where handled in 2013 during a spate of deliveries to Dun Laoghaire Harbour in which three shipments docked between mid-February to late March.
In that timeframe, Blue Tune (2010/3,845grt), Keizersborg (1996/6,142grt) and Myrte (2008/6,120grt) also berthed at the Carlisle Pier. Following unloading of the tanks, their final leg of the journey to reach the brewery involved night-time convoy operations to minimise disruption and avoid traffic congestion.
Blue Tune's call in 2013, represented the return of cargoship trading activity after an absence in the harbour of more than two decades.
At the moment the port has no other commercial customers, until Stena Line as previously reported resume sailings over the festive and new year periods.