€10.6 Million tonnes of trade passed through the Port of Cork and Bantry Bay Port last year, representing a 3% increase on 2017 tonnage. The Port Authority said it attributed the increase to trade in dry bulk cargos such as animal feed, fertilisers and cereals, coupled with increases in oil traffic to the Canadian owned Whitegate Oil Refinery.
Import figures grew by 8% in 2018, while exports increased by 5% when compared with figures from the previous year. The Port Authority say 2018 saw the most growth in Agri food imports, which rose by 39% compared to last year
Brendan Keating, Chief Executive said the increase is “positive” as they move to redevelop the Cork Container Terminal. 2018 was the most significant Cruise season ever for the Port of Cork with over 157,000 passengers and 69,000 crews stepping ashore. While Brexit looms, the Port of Cork say there is much to be positive about in 2019, with the Port expected to see further growth in traffic.
A record 104 cruise ships are scheduled to stopover in Cork this year, boosting our visitor numbers to over 200,000. The construction of Cork Container Terminal is underway and is envisaged to be operational by 2020, thus securing the need for growth in the region.
The new RoPax Ferry service from Cork to Santander, operated by Brittany Ferries, has reported a steady increase in the number of freight units using the route, with hauliers choosing this route to avoid the UK land bridge option.