The Port of Cork is investing 80 million euros in the development of a container terminal at Ringaskiddy. The Cork Container Terminal will initially offer a 360 meter quay with a depth of 13 meters at quay and allow larger ships to dock in the port. The development also includes the construction of a 13.5 hectare terminal and associated buildings as well as two quay cranes and container handling equipment.
The development of new container handling facilities at Ringaskiddy was identified in the Port of Cork Strategic Development Plan in 2010. It will accommodate current and future container transport which can be serviced by modern and efficient cargo handling equipment. with innovative terminal operating and vehicle reservation systems. The Port of Cork expects the Cork Container Terminal to be operational in 2020.
The Port of Cork is the main seaport in southern Ireland and one of only two Irish ports to meet the requirements of all modes of navigation.
The Port of Cork also controls the Bantry Bay Port Company and employs 150 people at all sites.
European Designated Principal Port and Level 1 Port of National Importance, the reputation of the Port of Cork for its quality service, including fast and efficient turnaround of vessels as well as the company’s investment in future growth, ensures its position as an essential link in the global supply chain. .
The port has made impressive progress over the past decades, most recently with the construction of the new € 80 million cork container terminal at Ringaskiddy, which will facilitate the natural progression of the shift from a river port to a port in deep water in order to sustain the port.
of Liège. This state-of-the-art terminal, which will open in 2020, will be able to moor the largest container ships currently calling in Ireland.
The Cork Port Company is a semi-public trading company responsible for the commercial management of the port as well as navigation and mooring in the port. The port is the main port serving southern Ireland, County Cork and Cork City.
Types of shipment using the Port of Cork
The port offers six shipping modes: Lift-on Lift-off, Roll-on Roll-off, Liquid Bulk, Dry Bulk, Break Bulk and cruise ship traffic.
Growth of the Port of Cork
The port has made impressive progress over the past decades. Since 2000, the Port of Cork has invested 72 million euros in improving port infrastructure and facilities. Due to its prime location and modern deep-water facilities, the port is ideally positioned for additional European trade as well as for direct deep-water shipping services as yet untapped. A well-developed road infrastructure facilitates the flow of traffic to and from the port. The growing reputation of the Port of Cork for quality service, including fast and efficient turnaround of vessels, secures its position as a vital link in the global supply chain. The turnover of the Port of Cork company in 2018 was € 35.4 million, an increase of € 3.9 million compared to € 31.5 million in 2017 Combined traffic from the ports of Cork and Bantry increased to 10.66 million tonnes in 2018 from 10.3 million tonnes. in 2017.
History of the Port of Cork
Famous during the Titanic’s last stopover, these medieval city and harbor navigation and harbor facilities were historically managed by Cork Harbor Commissioners. Founded in 1814, the Cork Port Commissioners moved to the Custom House in 1904. Following the implementation of the Ports Act 1996, in March 1997 all of the Commissioners’ assets were transferred to the Cork Port Company.
Commercial traffic at the port of Cork
Ships up to 90,000 deadweight tons (DWT) are capable of passing the entrance to Cork Harbor. As the navigation channels become shallower as one moves inland, access becomes restricted and only vessels up to 60,000 DWT can navigate over Cobh. The Port of Cork provides pilotage and towing facilities for ships entering the Port of Cork. All vessels accessing Cork City docks must be piloted and all vessels over 130 meters in length must be piloted once they pass within 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km) of the sea. entrance to the port.
Mooring facilities in Cork Harbor
The Port of Cork has mooring facilities at Cork City, Tivoli, Cobh and Ringaskiddy. The facilities in Cork City are mainly used for the transport of grain and oil. Tivoli provides container handling, oil, livestock and ore facilities and a haulage ramp (Ro-Ro). Before the Ringaskiddy ferry port opened, car ferries left from here; now the Ro-Ro ramp is used by companies that import cars into Ireland. In addition to the ferry terminal, Ringaskiddy has a deep water port.
Development plans for the Port of Cork
2020 will be an important year for the Port of Cork as it prepares to complete and open the development of the € 86 million Cork Container Terminal at Ringaskiddy.
Once operational, the new terminal will allow the port to process up to 450,000 TEUs per year. The Port of Cork already has significant natural depth in the Port of Cork, and the works in the Port of Ringaskiddy will enable the Port of Cork to accommodate vessels of 5,500 to 6,000 TEUs, which will offer great additional potential for increase container traffic.
It follows a previous plan drawn up in 2006, when the port was operating at full capacity, the port drew up plans for a new container facility at Ringaskiddy. This was the subject of major objections and after an oral planning hearing was held in 2008, Irish Town Planning Council Bord Pleanala rejected the plan due to insufficient rail and road links at the site. .
Port of Bantry
In 2017, the Bantry Bay Port Company made a significant investment of 8.5 million euros in the development of the inner port of Bantry. The development consisted of a marina, the widening of the town jetty, the dredging of the inner harbor and the creation of a foreshore amenity area.
Cork Port Cruise Ship Traffic
2019 was a record-breaking cruise season for the Port of Cork with 100 cruise liners visiting. In total, more than 243,000 passengers and crew have visited the area, with many passengers visiting Cork for the first time.
Also in 2019, the Cork Port Cruise Line berth in Cobh was recognized as one of the world’s top cruise destinations, winning in the category of Top Rated Cruise Destinations in the British Isles. and Western Europe.
There was an increase in cruise ship visits to Cork Harbor at the turn of the 21st century, with 53 such ships visiting the port in 2011, rising to around 100 cruise ship visits by 2019.
These cruise ships dock at the Cork Harbor Deep Water Quay at Cobh, which is the only dedicated cruise ship berth in Ireland.
Operating since the late 1970s, Brittany Ferries operates a ferry service to Roscoff in France. This operates between April and November from the Ro-Ro facilities at Ringaskiddy. Previous ferry services served Swansea in Wales and Santander in Spain. The first, the Swansea Cork ferry, operated initially between 1987 and 2006 and also briefly between 2010 and 2012.
The latter, a Brittany Ferries Cork-Santander service, started in 2018 but was canceled in early 2020.
The Port of Cork has a strategy to promote the port as a leisure facility as well. Cork’s beautiful natural harbor is a great place to enjoy all types of water sports. With numerous sailing and rowing clubs dotted around the harbor, excellent fishing and scenic trails along the harbor for walking, running or cycling, there is something for everyone in and around Cork Harbor. . The port is actively involved in promoting the annual Cork Harbor Festival. The oldest sailing club in the world, founded in 1720, is the Royal Cork Yacht Club is located at Crosshaven in the harbor, positive proof, says the Port, that the people of Cork, and its visitors, enjoy this vast natural leisure activity. . resource for centuries.
Cork Port Frames
- Chairman: John Mullins
- Managing Director: Brendan Keating
- Secretary / CFO: Donal Crowley
- Harbor master and chief of operations: Capt Paul O’Regan
- Head of Port Engineering: Henry Kingston
- Commercial Director: Conor Mowlds
- Human Resources Manager: Peter O’Shaughnessy