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Port of Cork Shipping & Cruise Liner News
Crane assembly for Somaliland at Cork Dockyard with both a Cork Harbour tug and the Navy's LE Niamh alongside 
There are busy scenes at the Port of Cork this week where Liebherr cranes are being assembled before shipment at Cork Dockyard later this month. Eight Liebherr 'Ready to Go' (RTGs) have been assembled and are being finalised for sea transport to DPWorld…
The new post-Panamax size ship-to-shore cranes
The two new Liebherr post-Panamax size ship-to-shore (STS) container gantry cranes make an impressive sight cutting the Cork Harbour skyline at the Cork Container Terminal (CCT) in the Republic of Ireland. Port of Cork took delivery of the gantry cranes at…
MV Albatross at the Port of Cork’s Ringaskiddy Deepwater Berth in 2017
A new online induction programme has been launched for all truck drivers entering the Port of Cork’s facilities at Ringaskiddy and the Cobblefret. The port authority says this induction training is designed to ensure drivers are aware of the safe…
Containership Elbtrader (EUCON) berthed at Tivoli Docks on the River Lee, Cork City
Plans at the Port of Cork are underway to move ahead for the long-term redevelopment of the city's Tivoli Docks. Container traffic and other services at Tivoli are to relocate to the new Cork Container Terminal currently under construction at Ringaskiddy.…
Newly Appointed Chief Executive of the Port of Cork Company Mr Eoin McGettigan
The Port of Cork Company has appointed Eoin McGettigan to the role of Chief Executive of the company. Eoin replaces Brendan Keating who retired recently after 18 years of service as CEO. The Chairman of the Port of Cork Company,…
Containerships Adds Port Of Cork Call To Weekly Rotterdam-Ireland Service
Containerships, an affiliate of French container shipping group CMA CGM, is adding a call to the Port of Cork as part of its weekly Rotterdam-Ireland service. The enhancement to the BENI service started this past Tuesday 1 September, with weekly…
File image of the Port of Cork
On the eve of his retirement as chief executive of the Port of Cork, Brendan Keating tells the Irish Examiner how the port is primed for a bright future despite the added pressures of the coronavirus pandemic. “It's very, very…
Dredging of shipping channels and berths in Cork Harbour will proceed from Wednesday 19 August to late September
The Port of Cork reminds mariners that maintenance dredging will be taking place in Cork Harbour on all main shipping channels and berths from this Wednesday 19 August. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the dredging campaign by the TSHD Taccola…
The TSHD Taccola will conduct dredging of berths and navigation channels in the Port of Cork from next week
Maintenance dredging of all main navigation channels and berths within the Port of Cork is set to begin, with various stages between now and late September. A survey of the harbour by the vessel Norse is scheduled to commence this…
Independent Vision arrives at the Port of Cork on Saturday 6 June
The Port of Cork hailed the arrival of ICL’s cargo vessel Independent Vision yesterday (Saturday 6 June) to commence the start of a new weekly direct service from Cork Harbour to the United States. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the…
Independent Container Line (ICL) cargo ship Independent Spirit
The Port of Cork has announced the start of a new weekly direct service from Cork to USA, giving Ireland its first direct container service to the USA in many years. The new Cork Harbour service is set to commence…
New cargo cranes at Port of Cork in March
A survey by international transport engineering and consulting group SYSTRA, into the Port of Cork’s export and import facilities has yielded very positive results. Those surveyed, predominately LoLo HGV drivers, noted the Port’s desirable location, timesaving vehicle booking system, and…
Vessels large and small (off Cobh) where the Port of Cork invites those in Cork Harbour to blast their horns on midday of this Friday 1st May to mark International Worker's Day and the world's 1.6m seafarers bringing essential vital supplies across the seven seas. In addition the event is to recognise communities ashore assisting during the Covid-19 crisis
Port of Cork has invited vessels across Cork Harbour to sound their horns at the stroke of midday this Friday (May 1st), to officially mark International Worker’s Day. The initiative aims to salute the approximate 1.6 million seafarers globally who continue…
Mesuline makes a maiden call to the Port of Cork today as AFLOAT adds the ro-ro freight ferry is seen passing the Cobh pilot station jetty before almost completing the new Belgium-Ireland (Zeebrugge-Cork) route. This involved the vessel to berth at the nearby Ringaskiddy Ferry Terminal located in lower Cork Harbour.
The Port of Cork welcomed CLdN Ro-Ro SA's ro-ro freight-ferry Melusine make its maiden call today having completed the first commercial sailing on the new route from Zeebrugge, Belgium, writes Jehan Ashmore. Melusine's arrival at Ringaskiddy ferry terminal this morning…
CORK-EUROPE: A new weekly ro-ro freight service linking the Port of Cork to Zeebrugge, Belgium begins this Friday operated by CLdN based in Luxembourg. Above AFLOAT adds is the land-locked owners Laureline which just over a year ago joined the Celine dubbed the 'Brexit buster' out of Dublin Port connecting continental European ports of Zeebrugge and Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
A new Port of Cork-mainland Europe service has been warmly welcomed with the announcement by CLdN Ro-Ro SA of a weekly ro-ro freight service between the Irish port and Zeebrugge in Belgium. The new service, which begins operations this Friday…
The fertiliser facility in Cork City quays is to move to Marino Point which AFLOAT adds is located in the centre of Cork Harbour.
On Cork's Quays a planning application is to be lodged to relocate the Goulding fertiliser facility from the city's south docklands to the former Irish Fertiliser Industries (IFI) site at Marino Point in Cork Harbour. Goulding and Belvelly Marino Development…

Port of Cork Information

The Port of Cork is investing €80 million in a container terminal development in Ringaskiddy. The Cork Container Terminal will initially offer a 360-metre quay with 13-metre depth alongside and will enable larger ships to berth in the port. The development also includes the construction of a 13.5-hectare terminal and associated buildings as well as two ship to shore gantry cranes and container handling equipment.

The development of new container handling facilities at Ringaskiddy was identified in the Port of Cork’s Strategic Development Plan in 2010. It will accommodate current and future container shipping which can be serviced by modern and efficient cargo handling equipment with innovative terminal operating and vehicle booking systems. The Port of Cork anticipates that Cork Container Terminal will be operational in 2020.

The Port of Cork is the key seaport in the south of Ireland and is one of just two Irish ports which service the requirements of all shipping modes.

The Port of Cork also controls Bantry Bay Port Company and employs 150 people across all locations.

A European Designated Core Port and a Tier 1 Port of National Significance, Port of Cork’s reputation for quality service, including prompt and efficient vessel turnaround as well as the company’s investment in future growth, ensures its position as a vital link in the global supply chain.

The port has made impressive strides in recent decades, most recently with the construction of the new €80m Cork Container Terminal in Ringaskiddy which will facilitate the natural progression of the move from a river port to a deepwater port in order to future proof the Port
of Cork. This state-of-the-art terminal which will open in 2020 will be capable of berthing the largest container ships currently calling to Ireland.

The Port of Cork Company is a commercial semi-state company responsible for the commercial running of the harbour as well as responsibility for navigation and berthage in the port.  The Port is the main port serving the South of Ireland, County Cork and Cork City. 

Types of Shipping Using Port of Cork

The Port offers all six shipping modes from Lift-on Lift-off, Roll-on Roll-off, Liquid Bulk, Dry Bulk, Break Bulk and Cruise liner traffic.

Port of Cork Growth

The port has made impressive strides in recent decades. Since 2000, the Port of Cork has invested €72 million in improving Port infrastructure and facilities. Due to its favourable location and its modern deepwater facilities, the Port is ideally positioned for additional European trading as well as for yet unexploited direct deep-sea shipping services. A well-developed road infrastructure eases the flow of traffic from and to the port. The Port of Cork’s growing reputation for quality service, including prompt and efficient vessel turnaround, ensures its position as a vital link in the global supply chain. The Port of Cork Company turnover in 2018 amounted to €35.4 million, an increase of €3.9 million from €31.5 million in 2017. The combined traffic of both the Ports of Cork and Bantry increased to 10.66 million tonnes in 2018 up from 10.3 million tonnes in 2017.

History of Port of Cork

Famous at the last port of call of the Titanic, these medieval navigation and port facilities of the city and harbour were historically managed by the Cork Harbour Commissioners. Founded in 1814, the Cork Harbour Commissioners moved to the Custom House in 1904.  Following the implementation of the 1996 Harbours Act, by March 1997 all assets of the Commissioners were transferred to the Port of Cork Company.

Commercial Traffic at Port of Cork

Vessels up to 90,000 tonnes deadweight (DWT) are capable of coming through entrance to Cork Harbour. As the shipping channels get shallower the farther inland one travels, access becomes constricted, and only vessels up to 60,000 DWT can sail above Cobh. The Port of Cork provides pilotage and towage facilities for vessels entering Cork Harbour. All vessels accessing the quays in Cork City must be piloted and all vessels exceeding 130 metres in length must be piloted once they pass within 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km) of the harbour entrance.

Berthing Facilities in Cork Harbour

The Port of Cork has berthing facilities at Cork City, Tivoli, Cobh and Ringaskiddy. The facilities in Cork City are primarily used for grain and oil transport. Tivoli provides container handling, facilities for oil, livestock and ore and a roll on-roll off (Ro-Ro) ramp. Prior to the opening of Ringaskiddy Ferry Port, car ferries sailed from here; now, the Ro-Ro ramp is used by companies importing cars into Ireland. In addition to the ferry terminal, Ringaskiddy has a deep water port.

Port of Cork Development Plans

2020 will be a significant year for the Port of Cork as it prepares to complete and open the €86 million Cork Container Terminal development in Ringaskiddy.

Once operational the new terminal will enable the port to handle up to 450,000 TEU per annum. Port of Cork already possess significant natural depth in Cork harbour, and the work in Ringaskiddy Port will enable the Port of Cork to accommodate vessels of 5500 to 6000 TEU, which will provide a great deal of additional potential for increasing container traffic.

It follows a previous plan hatched in 2006 as the port operated 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 the Irish planning board Bord Pleanala rejected the plan due to inadequate rail and road links at the location.  

Bantry Port

In 2017 Bantry Bay Port Company completed a significant investment of €8.5 million in the Bantry Inner Harbour development. The development consisted of a leisure marina, widening of the town pier, dredging of the inner harbour and creation of a foreshore amenity space.

Port of Cork Cruise Liner Traffic

2019 was a record cruise season for the Port of Cork with 100 cruise liners visiting. In total over 243,000 passengers and crew visited the region with many passengers visiting Cork for the first time.

Also in 2019, the Port of Cork's Cruise line berth in Cobh was recognised as one of the best cruise destinations in the world, winning in the Top-Rated British Isles & Western Europe Cruise Destination category. 

There has been an increase in cruise ship visits to Cork Harbour in the early 21st century, with 53 such ships visiting the port in 2011, increasing to approximately 100 cruise ship visits by 2019.

These cruise ships berth at the Port of Cork's deepwater quay in Cobh, which is Ireland's only dedicated berth for cruise ships.

Passenger Ferries

Operating since the late 1970s, Brittany Ferries runs a ferry service to Roscoff in France. This operates between April and November from the Ro-Ro facilities at Ringaskiddy. Previous ferry services ran to Swansea in Wales and Santander in Spain. The former, the Swansea Cork ferry, ran 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 cancelled in early 2020.

Marine Leisure

The Port of Cork has a strategy that aims to promote the harbour also as a leisure amenity. Cork’s superb natural harbour is a great place to enjoy all types of marine leisure pursuits. With lots of sailing and rowing clubs dotted throughout the harbour, excellent fishing and picturesque harbour-side paths for walking, running or cycling, there is something for everyone to enjoy in and around Cork harbour. The Port is actively involved with the promotion of Cork Harbour's annual Festival. The oldest sailing club in the world, founded in 1720, is the Royal Cork Yacht Club is located at Crosshaven in the harbour, proof positive, says the Port, that the people of Cork, and its visitors, have been enjoying this vast natural leisure resource for centuries. 

Port of Cork Executives

  • Chairman: John Mullins
  • Chief Executive: Brendan Keating
  • Secretary/Chief Finance Officer: Donal Crowley
  • Harbour Master and Chief Operations Officer: Capt. Paul O'Regan
  • Port Engineering Manager: Henry Kingston
  • Chief Commercial Officer: Conor Mowlds
  • Head of Human Resources: Peter O'Shaughnessy

At A Glance – Port of Cork

Type of port: deepwater, multi-model, Panamax, warm-water
Available berths: Up to ten
Wharves: 1
Employees: 113
Chief Executive: Brendan Keating
Annual cargo tonnage: 9,050,000
Annual container volume: 165,000

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