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#ShippingCentre -According to Irish Maritime Development Office, there is a proposal to create a world-class cluster of international shipping services orientated companies (ISSC) based in Cork Docklands.

The proposed maritime cluster would also be a major urban regeneration scheme led by a group of individual and well-established property developers who plan to provide appropriate commercial, residential, and cultural amenities within the ISSC.

Technology is the number one FDI employer with over 14,000 professionals employed in the sector in Cork city. It is evident that technology is both transforming and disrupting financial services. The central role which technology will play in finance over the next decade is demonstrated by the decision by international bank State Street to partner with University College Cork and Zhejiang University to set up a Fintech Research and Development facility in Cork.

More recently there have been several developments in the area of alternative asset management and international private equity and this is an area of tremendous potential, given the success of these initiatives.

BNY Mellon also opened a business focused on mutual fund administration in 2007. Later they were also joined by Apex Fund Services, Hedgeserv and IPES, all establishing related operations. Other small clusters have built around expertise in investments and insurance. Davy, Investec and Blackbee all having a presence while in banking Bank of Ireland and AIB both provide a full service Corporate Banking offering in the region to FDI companies.

In leasing, Ardmore Shipping Corporation, an international operator and owner of a fleet of product and chemical tankers are engaged in worldwide trade. Ardmore have their principal operations office based in Cork (see related Bantry Bay ship story). All of the Big 4 (Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PWC) professional services firms have full offerings in the city.

With a working age population of over 400,000 within a one hour commute of the city, there is clearly large capacity for tremendous expansion. Underpinning all of this success is a favourable cost base and excellent quality of life metrics.

The new centre will bring employment, investment and a new lease of life to the Cork Docklands and will continue to grow Cork city as a new financial hub in Ireland.


Published in Port of Cork

#CorkDocklands - Cork’s Docklands are in line for a sprucing up with council proposals for a €6 million upgrade of its entrance, as the Evening Echo reports.

Albert Quay, Victoria Road, Albert Road and four traffic junctions would benefit from new pedestrian amenities such as a waterside plaza and cycling and public transport infrastructure under the scheme, which also aims to open two Docklands sites for housing within the next four years.

It’s expected that consultants will be appointed to the project in the new year, with designs to be finalised over the following 12 months.

The news follows plans unveiled in September for a transformation of the city’s Horgan’s Quay with offices, apartments and a new plaza adjacent to the River Lee.

Another project, Navigation Square, is being developed on the other side of lands put up for sale by the Port of Cork on Custom House Quay earlier this year.

The Evening Echo has more on the story HERE.

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#PortOfCork - Stakeholders in Cork Harbour have proposed bringing the mooted International Shipping Services Centre to Leeside, as the Irish Examiner reports.

Previously earmarked for Dublin Port, as discussed at the second Our Ocean Wealth summit in 2015, those plans have stalled in recent months — leaving a gap for Cork to step in and pitch Ireland’s second city as a “natural fit”, according to Port of Cork commercial manager Michael McCarthy.

That pitch was discussed at a briefing in the Port of Cork earlier this week, which gathered the IMDO, IDA Ireland and CBRE consultant Cormac Megannety, who devised the ISSC concept some years ago.

The meeting came after the news that Ireland’s shipping and transport sector is the largest contributor in turnover to the growth of the country’s ‘blue economy’, as previously reported on

Marine Minister Michael Creed and his predecessor, now Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney, have also voiced their backing for the proposal, which has also been suggested as part of the existing €1 billion regeneration scheme for Cork’s Docklands.

The Irish Examiner has more on the story HERE.

Published in Port of Cork

#CorkHarbour - More than three acres of Cork docklands are coming to market, as the Irish Examiner reports.

The lands comprise a warehouse property between Monahan Road and Centre Park road east of the city centre, in an area already set for transformation between the revamped Páirc Uí Chaoimh and the new Marina Park regeneration project, adjacent to Cork City Marina by the former showgrounds.

Commercial and residential developers alike are expected to express interest in the 3.31-acre site, zoned for mixed use, and with a guide price of €1.2 million per acre.

Interest in this part of the city is growing with the imminent move of the Port of Cork downriver — and city planners are already meeting with potential buyers for the port’s historic buildings on Custom House Quay.

The Irish Examiner has more on the story HERE.

Published in Cork Harbour
This weekend the large German Navy salvage tug FGS Fehrmann (A1458) is on a visit to Cork City, writes Jehan Ashmore.
The 1,289 gross tonnes auxiliary vessel built in 1967 berthed yesterday at North Custom House Quay adjacent to the offices of the Port of Cork Company on the banks of the River Lee. She is one of two Type 720 'Helgoland' class tugs ordered for the German Navy.

Built by Schichau Seebeck Werft, Bremerhaven, the 68m vessel has a limited armament capability and a crew of 45. Her main role is as a safety ship for use in submarine training and is equipped for fire-fighting, icebreaking and wreck location duties.

The veteran vessel had called to Dublin Port last weekend while her stay in the southern city will end with a departure scheduled for Monday morning.

Published in Navy

Cork City Council is inviting interest in the design of a new 32 hectare park for Cork Docklands. The full details of the 'new island district' are here.

Published in Cork Harbour

The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.


The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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