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Port of Cork Shipping & Cruise Liner News
Leading classification society Bureau Veritas has issued its first certificate under the ISPO (International Standard for Maritime Pilot Organizations) standard of best practice for pilots and pilot organizations to the Pilotage Authority, Port of Cork, Ireland. The ISPO certification covers…
The Port of Cork has launched their Primary Schools Initiative for 2016 and is encouraging all 5th class primary school teachers to get their class involved. This year’s theme ‘A Day in the Life of a Cruise Passenger Visiting Cork…
Challenge Dropped on Plans for Cork Port
#ChallengeDropped - According to Irish Examiner, plans by the Port of Waterford to seek a judicial review have been dropped on the An Bord Pleanála decision to grant planning for the Port of Cork’s €100 million expansion at Ringaskiddy. The…
Cork & Bantry Bay Ports Report 10m Tonnes of Trade
#CorkBantry - Trade traffic through the Port of Cork Company and Bantry Bay Port Company in 2014 amounted to 10.15 million tonnes. In January 2014, Bantry Bay Harbour was transferred to the Port of Cork Company and both ports performed…
EU Funding Endorses Port of Cork Ringaskiddy Development
#portofcork – The Port of Cork has secured EU funding from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) – Transport sector. As a Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) project, over €12.3 million was allocated for the Port's Ringaskiddy Redevelopment Project, further endorsing the…
Bantry Harbour Plans to Include 20 Berth Marina for West Cork Port
#portofcork – The Port of Cork today outlined plans for Phase 1 of the Bantry Inner Harbour Development which the Port of Cork will undertake on behalf of its subsidiary company, Bantry Bay Port Company. The scheme marks the start…
Port of Cork & Bantry Port Company Report 10m Tonnes of Trade Traffic in 2014
#portofcork – Total traffic through the Port of Cork and Bantry Bay Port Company in 2014 reached a total of 10.1 million tonnes. Following the transfer of Bantry Bay Harbour to the Port of Cork Company in January 2014, both…
Port of Cork’s €100m Ringaskiddy Redevelopment Delayed Again
#Ringaskiddy - Port of Cork Company plans for a €100m Ringaskiddy redevelopment of its cargo-handling facilities have been hit with a further delay, writes the Irish Examiner. An Bord Pleanála has written to the company instructing it to submit a…
Port of Cork Schools Project Eyes Lusitania Centenary for 2015
#portofcork – The Port of Cork has launched their Schools Initiative for 2015 and is encouraging all 5th class primary school teachers to get their class involved. This year's theme 'RMS Lusitania – Commemorating 100 Years in 2015' focuses on…
Port of Cork Invests €1.5m In Cobh Cruise Terminal Upgrade
#portofcork – The Port of Cork will invest over €1.5 million in upgrading facilities at Cobh Cruise liner Terminal, Ireland's only dedicated cruise berth, with the installation of a number of high load mooring bollards at the east and west…
Cork Among Ports to Receive Recognition for High Environmental Standards
#GreenportAwards – At the GreenPort Congress in Barcelona held last week, the European Sea Ports Organsition (ESPO) was delighted to congratulate the ports of Cork, Calais and Moerdijk for achieving the Port Environmental Review System (PERS) certification. ESPO Chairman Santiago…
Cork of Port’s €15m Custom House Quay Emigration Museum
#EmigrationMuseum – The Port of Cork's Company's Custom House and Bonded Warehouse buildings located along the city's central quays, are to be converted into a major €15m museum that will tell the story of Ireland's emigration. It is part of…
Ringaskiddy Plan: NRA Has No Start Date for Upgrade
#RingaskiddyPlan - The Irish Examiner writes that objectors to the €100m expansion of the Port of Cork's Ringaskiddy terminal have expressed shock and anger at a revelation that the National Roads Authority does not know when it will upgrade roads…
Liebherr Announced as Sponsor of Irish Maritime Forum 2014
#maritimeforum – The Liebherr Maritime Crane Division was today announced as sponsor of the first ever Irish Maritime Forum which will take place in Cork's City Hall on Friday 26th September 2014. The forum themed 'Developing the Dynamic Future for…
Port Of Cork and GAA Planning Hearings Set for Same Day
#PortofCork – According to The Irish Examiner, two of the biggest developments to come before planners in recent years will get under way when oral hearings will be made on the same day in Cork next month. Inspectors from An…
Port of Cork Turnover Increases by Over 6% in 2013
#portofcork – 2013 proved a good year for the Port of Cork, who today reported an increase in traffic volumes from 9.05 million tonnes in 2012 to 9.12 million tonnes in 2013. Turnover amounted to €23.3 million in 2013, an…

Port of Cork Information

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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