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Port of Cork sees steady rise

[ January 24, 2018   //   ]

Combined total traffic through the Port of Cork and Bantry Bay Port Company reached 10.3 million tonnes in 2017, up 8.6% compared to 2016. Cork’s container volumes through its Tivoli and Ringaskiddy terminals grew by 3.7%, with 217,763teu handled in 2017.

Chief executive Brendan Keating added that while Cork saw over 34,000 trade vehicles imported, and it remained a very important market, this was a decrease.

Brittany Ferries recently announced that a new twice weekly ro-pax route from Cork to Santander would start in April 2018. Mr Keating added: “The current weekly route from Cork to Roscoff continues to strengthen and we look forward with great optimism to Brittany Ferries’ new service and the second call to Roscoff per week.”

In 2015 An Bord Pleanala granted a 10-year planning permission to Cork for the redevelopment of the existing port facilities at Ringaskiddy and in 2017 permission for alterations to the terms of the Ringaskiddy Port Development. The permission will enable the Port to deliver more efficient container handling facilities, replacing the existing container terminal at Tivoli.


BG Freight Line’s latest new build MV ‘BG Diamond’ made her maiden call in Cork’s Tivoli container terminal from Rotterdam on 23 January. One of four new ships capable of loading 45ft short-sea containers, she is is the maximum size vessel for the terminal.

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