Posted on 08/09/2013

Photo taken on August 21, 2009

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Lough Neagh dredgers

Lough Neagh dredgers
Lough Neagh sand suction dredger barges Ballyronan and Toomebridge at Northstone's Sandy Bay wharf. These are two of eight identical vessels built by James W Cook Ltd of Wivenhoe, Essex, between 1968 and 1974 for Scotts of Toomebridge. They are 120’ 6" long by 19’ 3" beam and all loaded and discharged by pump. They were built at the largest size for the locks on the Lower Bann which gives access to the lake from the sea. The sand trade on Lough Neagh continues to occupy several companies and a large number of barges in dredging around 1 million tonnes of sand annually.

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Is the dredging just for clearing the channel? Or is the sand a commodity in its own right? (Or both?)
4 years ago.
tarboat has replied to slgwv
The dredging is to supply sand to the building trade. Currently Lough Neagh supplies about 25% of the requirement for sand in Northern Ireland. None of the dredging is for navigational purposes.
4 years ago.