New container terminal at Cork
Work has started on the development of a new container terminal in the Irish port of Cork to replace existing container facilities further up the harbour writes Dag Pike.
Located at Ringaskiddy which is currently the location of the Cork ferry terminal with its ro-ro facilities and also an oil terminal, the Cork Container Terminal will initially offer a 360 metre long quay with a 13 metre water depth alongside. The development 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 requirement for the development of new container handling facilities at Ringaskiddy was identified in the Port of Cork’s Strategic Development plan in 2010. It will accommodate current and future container shipping which can be serviced by modern and efficient cargo handling equipment with innovative terminal operating and vehicle booking systems. The Port of Cork anticipates that this new Cork Container Terminal will become operational by 2020.
Chairman of the Port of Cork, Mr John Mullins said: “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 Port of Cork awarded the civil engineering contract for this development to BAM Civil Ltd., which is part of the multi-national construction group, Royal BAM Group of the Netherlands. Work started on the project in late 2018.
The transfer of Port related activities from the city and from Tivoli will create an opportunity for Cork Dockland sites to be redeveloped in the near future. As part of the project a new marine leisure amenity will be created at Paddy’s Point.
This state of the art facility is the most significant single investment in marine infrastructure and superstructure in the history of the Port of Cork Company. Representing an investment of €80 million, the development is being funded by the Port with financing including Allied Irish Banks, the European Investment Bank, and the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund.
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