Foyle Port is a major seaport serving Londonderry (aka Derry) - Northern Ireland's 2nd largest city (after Dublin) and the 4th-largest on Ireland island, with population around 85,000 (metro around 240,000).
The old town Derry was established on the west bank of River Foyle. Current city covers both river banks - Waterside (east) and Cityside (west).
Port Londonderry is UK's most westerly seaport. Tidal Foyle River is navigable along Derry's coast to approx 16 km (10 ml) inland. City's economy was based mainly on textile industrym - shirt making factories, with shirts exported mainly to Scotland (Glasgow). Largest shirt factory was Messrs, employing around 18,000 workers in the city and around UK during industry's peak in the 1920s.
Derry has two large shopping malls (Foyleside and Richmond), two smaller (Quayside and Lisnagelvin) plus numerous streets with Irish and international stores. Crescent Link Retail Park (Waterside) is ranked Northern Ireland's 2nd largest (Sprucefield in Lisburn) and houses many international brand stores.
Foyle Port (Londonderry)
Foyle Port is located at Lisahally, but historically was part of Derry City. Foyle Port incorporates the main cargo terminal and general port operations, Foyle Marine Services handles dredging and towage services. Foyle Consulting Engineers provides structural and civil engineering services. Foyle Engineering manages steel fabrication. Foyle Cruise and Leisure provides passenger shipping services, respectively for ships and boats / yachts. The port supports around 1000 local jobs.
Lisahally Terminal's quay has length 440 m (1440 ft) and can handle ships with GT tonnage up to 62,000 tons. Port Foyle serves mainly bulk carriers importing oil, coal, animal feed, fertilisers, plywood. Cruise ships dock downtown Londonderry berths.
The port has two permanent pontoons (Foyle Port Marina) located in the city centre. The facility has wooden structure (length 200 m / 660 ft) and a second concrete structure (length 140 m / 460 ft). Foyle Port Marina offers a total deep-water berthing of 600 m (2000 ft). A new (3rd) pontoon was opened for season 2019.
In 2018, the cruise port had scheduled 7 ship calls with around 4200 passengers. For 2019, the booked ship calls were 15. Among the port's regularl customers are the top-luxury cruise lines Oceania, Azamara, Phoenix Reisen, as well as smaller boats from the fleets of major companies like Princess and Holland America. Most cruise liners to Derry also visit Belfast. itinerary lengths vary between 7-10-days.
Following some infrastructure developments, Londonderry cruise port's annual capacity could reach 50 ships.
Londonderry cruise terminal
Port Londonderry cruise berths are 4, located at QUEEN’S QUAY (MEADOWBANK) and LISAHALLY, plus anchorage at GREENCASTLE.
- QUEEN’S QUAY has 2 berths and can serve ships with LOA length 135 m, max width 22 m, max draft 6 m (tidal) and air draft 32 m.
- LISAHALLY has 2 berths and can serve ships with LOA length 195 m, max width 29 m, max draft 7,5 m and air draft 41 m (tidal). The dock is located approx 11 km (7 ml) from city centre.
- GREENCASTLE is an anchorage port and can handle ships with LOA length 325 m and max draft 11,3 m (no any other restrictions). The dock is located approx 32 km (20 ml) from city centre.
- There is a port development project for building a pier at Greencastle and tender port in Donegal County.
Among the port's newly added amenities are on-site itinerary planners (onboard information on tours and attractions) and traditional Irish dancing and music welcoming. Dockside are provided bus shuttle services to downtown Derry.