Port of Cork’s trade with Europe cushioned the blow of Brexit for the city

The Port of Cork is the main seaport in Southern Ireland and is one of only two Irish ports that meet the requirements of all six modes of shipping, i.e. Lift-on Lift-off, Roll-on Roll-off, Liquid Bulk, Dry Bulk, Break Bulk and Cruise. Due to its favorable location on the south coast of Ireland and its modern deep water facilities, Cork Harbor is ideally positioned for additional European trade as well as untapped deep sea direct shipping services.

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 along and allow larger vessels 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 Cork Port’s 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 that caters for all modes of transport.

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

Designated European Central Port and Tier 1 Port of National Importance, the Port of Cork’s reputation for quality service, including fast and efficient vessel turnover as well as the company’s investment in future growth, secures its position as a vital link in the global supply chain.

The port has made impressive progress over the past few decades, most recently with the construction of Cork’s new €80 million container terminal at Ringaskiddy, which will facilitate the natural progression from a river port to a port in deep water in order to perpetuate the port.
of Liege. This state-of-the-art terminal which will open in 2020 will be able to accommodate the largest container ships currently calling in Ireland.

The Port of Cork Company is a semi-state trading company responsible for the commercial management of the port as well as responsibility for shipping and berthing in the port. The port is the main port serving Southern Ireland, County Cork and Cork City.

Types of shipping using Port of Cork

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

Growth of Cork Harbor

The port has made impressive progress over the past decades. Since 2000, the Port of Cork has invested €72 million in improving port infrastructure and facilities. Due to its favorable location and modern deep-water facilities, the port is ideally positioned for additional European trade as well as the still untapped deep-sea direct shipping services. A well-developed road infrastructure facilitates the flow of traffic to and from the port. The Port of Cork’s growing reputation for quality service, including fast and efficient vessel turnaround, secures its position as a vital link in the global supply chain. Port of Cork company revenue in 2018 was €35.4m, an increase of €3.9m from €31.5m in 2017 The combined traffic of the ports of Cork and Bantry increased to 10.66 million tonnes in 2018 from 10.3 million tonnes. in 2017.

History of Cork Harbor

Famous as the Titanic’s last port of call, these medieval city and harbor shipping and harbor facilities were historically run by the Cork Harbor Commissioners. Founded in 1814, Cork Harbor Commissioners moved to Customs in 1904. Following the implementation of the Ports Act 1996, in March 1997 all assets of the Commissioners were transferred to the company from the port of Cork.

Commercial traffic at the Port of Cork

Vessels up to 90,000 deadweight tons (DWT) are capable of passing through the entrance to Cork Harbour. As the shipping channels become shallower the further inland one moves, access becomes restricted and only vessels up to 60,000 DWT can navigate above Cobh. Cork Port provides pilotage and towing facilities for vessels entering Cork Port. 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 harbor entrance.

Berthing facilities in the Port of Cork

The Port of Cork has berthing facilities in Cork City, Tivoli, Cobh and Ringaskiddy. Cork City’s facilities are primarily used for transporting grain and oil. Tivoli provides container handling, oil, livestock and ore facilities and a ro-ro ramp. Before Ringaskiddy Ferry Port opened, car ferries departed 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 an important year for the Port of Cork as it prepares to complete and open the €86 million development of the Cork Container Terminal at Ringaskiddy.

Once operational, the new terminal will enable the port to handle up to 450,000 TEUs per year. Cork Harbor already has significant natural depth in Cork Harbour, and the works in Ringaskiddy Harbor will enable Cork Harbor to accommodate vessels of 5,500 to 6,000 TEUs, providing significant 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 has drawn up plans for a new container facility at Ringaskiddy. This was met with major objections and after an oral planning hearing was held in 2008, Irish planning council Bord Pleanala rejected the plan due to inadequate rail and road links to the site.

Other notable sustainability projects include:

  • The Port of Cork has invested in 2 STS Cranes – Single Lift Type, Model P (148) L, (WS) Super. These cranes contain the most modern and energy efficient control and monitoring systems currently available on the market and include an LED floodlight system fitted with software to facilitate remote diagnostics, a crane management system (CMS) and an energy chain feed on both cranes replacing the previous preferred festoon wiring installation.
  • The Port of Cork has installed high mast lighting voltage control units at its two main cargo handling sites – Tivoli Industrial & Dock Estate and Ringaskiddy Deep-water & Ferry Terminals. This investment has led to more efficient use of energy and a reduction in the risk of light pollution. The lights can also be controlled remotely.
  • Port of Cork’s largest consumer of electricity at the Tivoli Container Terminal is refrigerated container handling and storage. Local data loggers were used to assess energy consumption. This provided a quick response to the efficiency of the power factor correction bank on our STS (Ship to Shore) cranes and substations, helping to reduce utility demand and reduce non-watt energy losses. as well as excess charges. The information gathered helped us design and build a cold storage facility with energy management and remote monitoring included.

Bantry Harbor

In 2017, the Bantry Bay Port Company made a significant €8.5 million investment in the development of the Bantry Inner Port. 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.

Port of Cork cruise liner traffic

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

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

There has been an increase in cruise ship visits to Cork Harbor at the start 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 berth at Cork Port’s deep water quay in Cobh, which is the only dedicated cruise ship berth in Ireland.

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 Ringaskiddy Ro-Ro facility. 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.

Nautical leisure

The port of Cork has a strategy which aims to promote the port also as a leisure facility. Cork’s stunning natural harbor is a great place to enjoy all types of marine recreation. With numerous sailing and rowing clubs dotted around the harbour, excellent fishing trails and scenic paths along the harbor for walking, running or cycling, there is something for everyone in and around the Cork harbour. 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 harbour, proof positive, says the harbour, that the people of Cork and its visitors enjoy this vast natural pastime. resource for centuries.

Cork Harbor Leaders

  • President: John Mullins
  • Managing Director: Brendan Keating
  • Secretary/Finance Manager: Donal Crowley
  • Harbor Master and Chief of Operations: Captain Paul O’Regan
  • Port Engineering Manager: Henry Kingston
  • Commercial Director: Conor Molds
  • Human Resources Manager: Peter O’Shaughnessy

Mary I. Bruner