The Port of Larne, one of the busiest ports on the Irish Sea capable of handling a wide range of cargoes and ships, welcomed the CPO Germany into port this month for routine maintenance.
The vessel which regularly delivers products across Europe and further afield is understood to be the biggest single screw tanker ever, with an overall length of 184 metres, nearly 20 meters longer than ships normally handled by the port.
Anthony Van Damme, Harbour Master Port of Larne said: "The Port of Larne continues to build a reputation for the versatile approach we take in accommodating ships of all sizes and in managing an increasing amount of cargo, project, maintenance and other non-ferry related work.
"The vessels arrival required some quick and thorough planning from Larne Harbour staff, in particular, the Marine and engineering departments, the ships agent, Larne Pilots, towage provider and linesmen. With just one engine, the tanker is not as easily maneuverable as the regular ferries that call into Larne and therefore required a considerable amount of support to enable it to come into port safely but we have a first class team here focused on providing speedy solutions to customers and the whole process went very smoothly and safely."
The Doyle Shipping Group were tasked by the owners of CPO Germany to come up with a suitable operational plan, Sean McCready, Managing Director in Belfast said: “Through the quick and effective response given by Larne Harbour, the owners were able to complete all their operational requirements in a timely and cost-effective manner and were very happy with all aspects of the operations completed. Thanks go to Anthony and all the team for their efforts.”
Larne Port has over 40 acres of storage area in and around the port and easy access to the rest of Northern Ireland and beyond thanks to the A8 dual carriageway, we make a great choice for project cargoes, bulk cargoes and passenger traffic.