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#CorkHarbour - Afloat focuses on a rare breed, an Irish shipowner whose cargoship recently underwent routine dry-docking in Cork followed by a passage to Scotland this weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The Midleton, Co. Cork based shipowner, Coast Lines Shipping, with three decades in service, specialises in transporting timber forestry products. The operator's 1,713 gross tonnage general cargoship Ayress has undergone routine works in Cork Dockyard to enable the 79m cargoship to continue trading the Irish Sea and beyond. Other service cargoes carried are coal, fertiliser, salt and stone.

Over the years, Coast Lines has experience in operating single and tween-deck vessels in addition to container ships. As for Ayress, earlier this month the green-hulled cargoship built in 1979 (formerly Anette and beforehand Antares), called to Cork Dockyard, part of the Doyle Shipping Group (DSG).

The shiprepair and marine engineering facility in Rushbrooke (near Cobh) is the Republic's only remaining large dry-dock suitable for commercial ships following the closure of the Dublin facility last year.

Ayress remained in the dry-dock up to Friday (of last week), before shifting on to the nearby quay for further works to be completed at the facility. Then the cargoship made the short hop on Saturday across the neck of Cork Harbour to Passage West, where a private quay is also operated by DSG.

At this quay, cranes loaded the hold of Ayress with 1,200 tonnes of wood-chips, the by-product of timber by the way was returning to Scotland from where originally sourced. 

On Wednesday, the Dominican flagged cargoship departed Cork Harbour bound for Clydebank, downriver of Glasgow city centre. The passage up the Irish Sea was completed this Friday with the ship berthing in Rothesay Dock. Located in between this dock and the city, is the Riverside Museum: Scotland's Museum of Transportation and Travel where Afloat made a visit in recent years.

On the superstucture, Ayress displays the symbol and words 'TimberLink', a transport initiative of the Forest Commission Scotland, which through ABP (see below) charters the ship from Coast Lines and to operators that transport timber by sea across the Firth of Clyde and along the west coast of Scotland. The Commission claim that sea-transportation removes nearly 1 million lorry miles each year from the Scottish road network.

The TimberLink service is contracted to Associated British Ports (ABP), which ships up to 100,000 tonnes of timber a year from the Argyll ports of Ardrishaig, Campeltown and Sandbank. In addition, timber operations involve wood processing plants in Ayrshire among them Glennon's Sawmill, Troon, where Ayress as Afloat previously reported had departed from to Wicklow in March.

On that occasion, following the beastly weather conditions in Scotland, Ayress along with rival timber-traders cleared a back-log of round timber that was discharged in Wicklow Port.

Short-sea traders like Ayress are regular callers to south-west Scotland where the Galloway Forest Park is located. This is the UK's largest afforested area (400 sq miles) which features in a new BBC 2 six-part series 'The Forest' on Saturday's.

The series follows those who live and work in the place known as Scotland's 'Highlands in the Lowlands', where the billion pound tree-felling industry produces 600,000 tonnes of timber annually, mainly for building and construction.

The Irish construction sector among others is a customer of timber products that are regularly imported from Scotland to Wickow Port. In addition other operators call to the east coast port with Scandinavian sawn packaged timber. The packaged bundles can be seen stored along the warehouses of the Murrough, north of the regional port.

Published in Cork Harbour

Cork Harbour Information

It’s one of the largest natural harbours in the world – and those living near Cork Harbour insist that it’s also one of the most interesting.

This was the last port of call for the most famous liner in history, the Titanic, but it has been transformed into a centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

The harbour has been a working port and a strategic defensive hub for centuries, and it has been one of Ireland's major employment hubs since the early 1900s. Traditional heavy industries have waned since the late 20th century, with the likes of the closure of Irish Steel in Haulbowline and shipbuilding at Verolme. It still has major and strategic significance in energy generation, shipping and refining.

Giraffe wander along its shores, from which tens of thousands of men and women left Ireland, most of them never to return. The harbour is home to the oldest yacht club in the world, and to the Irish Navy. 

This deep waterway has also become a vital cog in the Irish economy.

‘'s Cork Harbour page’ is not a history page, nor is it a news focus. It’s simply an exploration of this famous waterway, its colour and its characters.

Cork Harbour Festival

Ocean to City – An Rás Mór and Cork Harbour Open Day formerly existed as two popular one-day events located at different points on Cork’s annual maritime calendar. Both event committees recognised the synergy between the two events and began to work together and share resources. In 2015, Cork Harbour Festival was launched. The festival was shaped on the open day principle, with Ocean to City – An Ras Mór as the flagship event.

Now in its sixth year, the festival has grown from strength to strength. Although the physical 2020 festival was cancelled due to Covid-19, the event normally features nine festival days starting on the first week of June. It is packed full of events; all made possible through collaboration with over 50 different event partners in Cork City, as well as 15 towns and villages along Cork Harbour. The programme grows year by year and highlights Ireland’s rich maritime heritage and culture as well as water and shore-based activities, with Ocean to City – An Rás Mór at the heart of the festival.

Taking place at the centre of Ireland’s maritime paradise, and at the gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way, Cork is perfectly positioned to deliver the largest and most engaging harbour festival in Ireland.

The Cork Harbour Festival Committee includes representatives from Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Port of Cork, UCC MaREI, RCYC, Cobh & Harbour Chamber and Meitheal Mara.

Marinas in Cork Harbour

There are six marinas in Cork Harbour. Three in Crosshaven, one in East Ferry, one in Monkstown Bay and a new facility is opening in 2020 at Cobh. Details below

Port of Cork City Marina

Location – Cork City
Contact – Harbour Masters Dept., Port of Cork Tel: +353 (0)21 4273125 or +353 (0)21 4530466 (out of office hours)

Royal Cork Yacht Club Marina

Location: Crosshaven, Co. Cork
Contact: +353 (0) 21 4831023

Crosshaven Boatyard Marina

Location: Crosshaven, Co. Cork
Contact: +353 (0)21 4831161

Salve Marina Ltd

Location: Crosshaven, Co. Cork
Contact: +353 (0) 21 4831145

Cork Harbour Marina

Location: Monkstown, Co. Cork
Contact: +353 (0)87 3669009

East Ferry Marina

Location: East Ferry, Co. Cork
Contact: +353 (0)21 4813390

New Cove Sailing Club Marina

(to be opened in 2020)

Location: Cobh, Co. Cork
Contact: 087 1178363

Cork Harbour pontoons, slipways and ramps

Cork City Boardwalk Existing pontoon

Port of Cork 100m. pontoon

Cork city – End of Cornmarket St. steps and slip;

Cork city - Proby’s Qy. Existing limited access slip

Quays Bar & Restaurant, Private pontoon and ramp for patrons, suitable for yachts, small craft town and amenities

Cobh harbour [camber] Slip and steps inside quay wall pontoon

Fota (zoo, house, gardens) Derelict pontoon and steps

Haulbowline naval basin; restricted space Naval base; restricted access;

Spike Island pier, steps; slip, pontoon and ramp

Monkstown wooden pier and steps;

Crosshaven town pier, with pontoon & steps

East Ferry Marlogue marina, Slip (Great Island side) visitors’ berths

East Ferry Existing pier and slip; restricted space East Ferry Inn (pub)
(Mainland side)

Blackrock pier and slips

Ballinacurra Quay walls (private)

Aghada pier and slip, pontoon & steps public transport links

Whitegate Slip

Passage West Pontoon

Glenbrook Cross-river ferry

Ringaskiddy Parking with slip and pontoon Ferry terminal; village 1km.

Carrigaloe pier and slip; restricted space; Cross-river ferry;

Fountainstown Slip

White’s Bay beach

Ringabella beach

Glanmire Bridge and tide restrictions

Old Glanmire - Quay