Cork celebrates launch of new €80m container terminal
CORK celebrated the launch of its new €80 million container terminal which is aimed at future-proofing the port and kick-starting the regeneration of the Cork docklands.
The Port of Cork have hailed the project as a key element in boosting economic growth in the south west region and the expansion of Cork city.
The Cork container terminal will initially offer a 360 metre quay with 13 metre depth alongside and will enable larger ships to berth in Ringaskiddy.
It 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 project will become fully operational by 2020.
Port of Cork Chairman John Mullins said it was a vital development for the port, city and region.
“The Port of Cork’s redevelopment at Ringaskiddy is a key growth enabler for both Cork city and region as well as the national economy and will enable the port to deliver more efficient container handling facilities, replacing the existing container terminal at Tivoli, and securing the Cork Container Terminal as an international gateway for trade well into the future."
“The transfer of port-related activities from the city and Tivoli will create a real opportunity for Cork dockland sites to be redeveloped in the near future.” The Port of Cork have one of the biggest dockland landbanks - and dockland regeneration has been identified as a key element in the plan to increase the size of Cork city by more than 100,000 people over the coming years.
Port of Cork hailed the new container terminal as the largest single investment in marine infrastructure in their history.
The development’s civil engineering contract was awarded to BAM Civil Ltd., part of the multi-national construction group, Royal BAM Group of the Netherlands.
Port of Cork Chief Executive, Brendan Keating said the project will underpin major trade and economic expansion.
“This development will secure the future for the Port of Cork, and ensure the trade gains are translated into significant economic benefits for the people of Cork and the Munster region, as well as the national economy," he said.
"As part of this redevelopment the Port of Cork will deliver a public marine leisure amenity at Paddy’s Point and has also committed a €1 million community gain fund for the Ringaskiddy area for the development of an enhanced public realm scheme."