New water depth means more activity in Hirtshals Havn
Recently, Port of Hirtshals decided to have the lower part of East Basin 2 deepened to a water depth of 10.5 metres and this has turned out to be a success. The new water depth means the large vessels can unload directly t the port's BIP Centre and cold stores. Several large factory trawlers, such as "Acadienne Gale II" have already been in Hirtshals to unload prawns for the company Polar Seafood at the new facilities.
The water depth at East Basin 2 has been increased in order to improve the landing facilities in Hirtshals for ocean going factory trawlers. Before, landings from vessels with a depth of more than 7 meters had to take place at Trailerkajen, which meant that the landings had to be sealed to get to the port's BIP Centre. The new facilities make it possible for the ships to land directly to the BIP centre, which has made the working procedure significantly more efficient.
Agent for e.g. "Acadienne Gale II" Jens Skjødt Petersen from North Atlantic Shipping says:
- The new landing facilities at East Basin just by the Claus Sørensen Group cold store and veterinary control give us the opportunity to offer the shipping companies a more efficient service. Port of Hirtshals has a central location in for the North Atlantic markets, and this, together with the infrastructure and the European motorway network all the way to the port, makes the port an optimal starting point for the handling of these vessel and cargo types.
At Port of Hirtshals, all handling of general cargo is done at the eastern part of the port, and after the deepening of the port basin the port has increased its focus on strengthening the activities within general cargo including landings from ocean going factory trawlers. It is the port's plan to extend this business area in cooperation with current and new customers over the years to come.