FENIT harbour saw a massive increase in traffic through the port according to new Irish port traffic figures which show 2012 was the busiest year at Fenit Harbour since 2008.
The port traffic figures show that in the last 12 months, the first full year in which Fenit Harbour was fully under the control of Kerry County Council, 26 cargo vessels used the harbour.
This compares with the total of 15 ships that used Fenit in 2011 and marks a massive increase on 2010 when only nine cargo vessels visited Fenit Harbour.
Much of the increase in traffic in Fenit this year has been associated with the activity of Killarney's Liebherr Container Cranes whose cranes are exported from Ireland via Fenit.
Port traffic figures show that the vast majority of cargo forwarded through Fenit went to ports outside the EU. Traffic figures also indicate that in the last three years the actual size and tonnage of the cargo ships visiting Fenit harbour has increased by about a third on average.
€710,000 has been allocated this by Kerry County Council for the wages of staff at the port and maintenance of the harbour, marina and lighthouse.
A further €750,000 in Government funding was allocated for improvement works on Fenit pier last year and a similar amount is expected to be allocated in 2013.