Port of Cork

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Port of Cork
Cork Port logo.gif
Port of Cork is located in Ireland
Port of Cork
Port of Cork
Country Republic of Ireland
Location Cork City
Coordinates 51°51′N 8°16′W / 51.85°N 8.27°W / 51.85; -8.27Coordinates: 51°51′N 8°16′W / 51.85°N 8.27°W / 51.85; -8.27
Opened medieval
Owned by Port of Cork Company Ltd.
Type of harbor deepwater
Available berths 6
Wharfs 1
Employees 113
Chief Executive Brendan Keating
Annual cargo tonnage 9,050,000
Annual container volume 165,000
Port of Cork
Mouth of Cork Harbour
Outline map of Cork Harbour

The Port of Cork (Irish: Port Chorcaí) is the main port serving the South of Ireland, County Cork and Cork City. It is the second busiest port in Ireland and offers all six shipping modes i.e. Lift-on Lift-off, Roll-on Roll-off, Liquid Bulk, Dry Bulk, Break Bulk and Cruise. In 2012 9.05m tonnes of freight was shipped through the Port of Cork.


Historically, the navigation and port facilities of the city and harbour were 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.[1]

Commercial traffic

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.

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. .

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. In 2011 the port had a turnover of €21.4 million and made pre-tax profits of €1.2 million.[2] This was down from a turnover of €26.4 million and profits of €5.4 million in 2006. Container traffic increased by 6% in 2011 when 156,667teus were handled at the Tivoli container facility, however this was down from a peak of 185,000 TEUs in 2006.[3] The 2006 figure saw the port at full capacity and the Port drew up plans for a new container facility capable of handling up to 400,000 teus per annum at Ringaskiddy recently. 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.[4]

There has been a steady increase in cruise ship visits to Cork Harbour over the past few years with 53 such ships visiting the port in 2011.[2] The vast majority of these cruise ships berth at Cobh's Deepwater Quay.

There are also a number of private berths around the harbour. These are usually associated with a particular industry. Such berths can be found in Whitegate, Passage West, Rushbrooke, Ringaskiddy and Haulbowline.


The port has over 10 berths, mostly privately owned.[5]

Passenger ferries

MV Pont-Aven operates the Cork to Roscoff service

Between May and November, Brittany Ferries operates a ferry service to Roscoff in France - from the Ro Ro facilities at Ringaskiddy. From April 2018, Brittany Ferries also plan to run a direct ferry service to Santander in Spain.[6]

Preceding station   Ferry   Following station
Terminus   Brittany Ferries
Terminus   Brittany Ferries

A previous ferry service, the Swansea Cork ferry, ran to Swansea in Wales between 1987 and 2006. It was briefly reinstated between 2010 and 2012.



  1. ^ "Port History". Port of Cork Company. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b http://www.portofcork.ie/index.cfm/page/newsarchive/id/98
  3. ^ untitled Archived 2007-11-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ RTÉ News: Port of Cork €225m development rejected
  5. ^ Berths at Cork
  6. ^ "New ferry route to link Cork and Spain from April". Irish Times. 16 January 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2018.


  • Phelan, Jack (1995). Ferries of Cork. Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire: Ferry Publications. ISBN 1871947332.

External links

  • Port of Cork website
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