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Promoting and Developing Cork's Natural Harbour

Promoting and developing Cork as a world class port facilitating the efficient and environmentally sustainable movement of goods and people to and from the marketplace while advancing the marine leisure opportunities presented by Cork’s natural harbour.

The Port of Cork is the key seaport in the south of Ireland and is one of only two Irish ports which service the requirements of all six shipping modes i.e. Lift-on Lift-off, Roll-on Roll-off, Liquid Bulk, Dry Bulk and Break Bulk and Cruise.

The port has made impressive strides in recent decades. Since 1990 the Port of Cork has invested €79 million in new and improved facilities. Due to its favorable location on the south coast of Ireland and its modern deepwater facilities, the Port of Cork is ideally positioned for additional European trading as well as for yet unexploited direct deep sea shipping services.

A well-developed road infrastructure eases the flow of traffic from and to the port. The Port of Cork’s growing reputation for quality service, including prompt and efficient vessel turnaround, ensures its position as a vital link in the global supply chain.



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The Cork Harbour Commissioners were in existence for almost 183 years from 21st September 1814 to 3rd March 1997. In 1904 the Harbour Commissioners moved into Custom House on Custom House Quay and built an extension to the building which consisted of the elegant boardroom and overhead offices.

Following the Harbours Act in 1996, all re-valued assets of the Commissioners were transferred to the Port of Cork Company, the new statutory authority responsible for the management, control, operation and development of the Port of Cork in accordance with the Harbours Act 1996. The Port of Cork remains situated in Custom House.

Cork was the first port in Ireland to set up a planning and development department. By 1972 this produced the Cork Harbour Development Plan in which a blueprint was designed for a future which would include sites such as that at Ringaskiddy.

The Port of Cork has maintained for longer than the last half-century its role as a strategic authority with a vastly important regional role. It has also established strong and productive links with the European Commission and with other port authorities around the world.

The Harbours Act of 1996 changed its relationship with the national government but it continues to work with the Department of Transport, so that, while a significant economic entity itself it maintains a national profile in terms of strategic planning.

Port Operations

The Port of Cork’s facilities and operations are situated at four distinct locations in Cork’s natural deep water harbour. The Port provides and facilitates port activities and services including Roll-On Roll-Off, Lift-On Lift-Off, Bulks, Cruise, Pilotage, Channel Dredging and Land and Property Rental.

The Port of Cork operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.

Location Service City Quays: Bulks Tivoli: Lift-On Lift-Off/ Roll-On Roll-Off/ Bulks Ringaskiddy: Roll-On Roll-Off/ Lift-On Lift-Off/ Bulks Cobh: Cruise


Strategic Development Plan

In 1999 the Port of Cork prepared a Strategic Development Plan. This plan assists the Port in developing and operating to suit the future needs of its customers, to the benefit of the customers and the local and regional businesses dependent on trade that passes through the Port. The Strategic Plan looks at the predicted growth in traffic, predictions in National Studies, emerging proposals for City Docks Redevelopment and the potential loss of facilities in the harbour, evolving vessel and trade trends, leisure, residential, amenity, environmental and commercial demands with Cork Harbour and the constraints and limits on siting new facilities with Cork Harbour


The Port of Cork is the only port in Ireland with a dedicated cruise berth in Cobh. The Port can also handle cruise liners in Ringaskiddy Deepwater Quay and the City Quays. One of the most abiding memories of cruising in Northern Europe is entering picturesque Cork harbour. The deepwater of the Port of Cork is the natural entry point to many of Ireland's principal visitor attractions and arriving by cruise liner is a truly sublime experience.

Marine Leisure

Cork’s superb natural harbour is a great place to enjoy all types of marine leisure pursuits. With lots of sailing and rowing clubs dotted throughout the harbour, excellent fishing and picturesque harbour-side paths for walking, running or cycling, there is something for everyone to enjoy in and around Cork harbour.

The oldest sailing club in the world, founded in 1720, is the Royal Cork Yacht Club, proof positive that the people of Cork, and its visitors, have been enjoying this vast natural leisure resource for centuries. Throughout the year there are lots of Marine Leisure events to participate in, sailing, rowing and swimming. Or, if you prefer to just come along and watch the activities, there are plenty of vantage points along our beautiful harbour. Keep an eye on our events calendar to see what events are happening soon.


The Port of Cork Company has 113 full time employees and twelve pilots. In addition, many hundreds of workers are employed by various service providers, e.g. shipping agents, stevedores, hauliers, warehouse operators and crane hire companies while some thousands of workers are employed in the many industries located around the harbour.


Port of Cork Company Environmental Policy Statement "Port of Cork is the premier port on Ireland’s south coast offering sheltered deepwater facilities close to the main shipping lanes to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and North America. The Port handles all five shipping modes, with annual traffic of 10 million tonnes approx. Port of Cork has four distinct public facilities: City Quays, Tivoli Industrial and Dock Estate, Ringaskiddy Deepwater and Ferry Terminals and Cobh Cruise Terminal.

Port of Cork is committed to the development of modern and efficient systems, with the maintenance of an Environmental Management System identified as a key strategic challenge. As such, we recognise environmental management to be of equal importance to other prime business considerations. Port of Cork commits itself to lead the wider port community to minimise environmental impacts through co-ordinated environmental management, respecting the principles of environmental sustainability. We are committed to:

  1. Maintaining an Environmental Management System compliant with European Sea Ports Organisation ECOPORTS criteria and certified to ISO 14001
  2. The principle of ‘pollution prevention’ through operational best practice, emissions management, waste minimisation, efficient resource use, and conservation awareness
  3. Compliance with relevant environmental legislation, regulations and industry codes of practice
  4. Continual environmental performance improvement, by achieving realistic objectives and targets in the context of a systematic management programme
  5. Communicating and implementing this environmental policy statement with all employees and providing appropriate training
  6. Making this environmental policy statement available to our stakeholders and the general public, and supporting local community liaison
  7. Public reporting on environmental performance

The Port of Cork Company Board and Management actively supports this policy.


Address: Port of Cork Company, Custom House Street, Cork, Ireland.

Phone, Fax & Email: Tel: +353 21 427 3125 / Fax: +353 21 427 6484

Email: info@portofcork.ie

Other Phone Numbers Administration: +353 21 427 3125

Port Operations Commercial (24 hours): +353 21 481 1380

Deeptwater Terminal Ringaskiddy: +353 21 437 8004

Berthing Masters: +353 21 462 5335

Tivoli Compound: +353 21 462 5355

Cork City Marina: +353 21 453 0466


The content of this page is taken directly from the Port of Cork Website [1]

  1. http://www.portofcork.ie/index.cfm


  1. http://www.portofcork.ie/index.cfm

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