Port of Cork CEO, Brendan Keating announced as ‘Logistics and Transport Leader’ for 2013

Port of Cork CEO, Brendan Keating announced as ‘Logistics and Transport Leader’ for 2013

Monday 25 March 2013

Port of Cork CEO, Brendan Keating announced as ‘Logistics and Transport Leader’ for 2013

Brendan Keating, CEO of the Port of Cork was announced as the winner of the ‘Logistics and Transport Leader Award’ at the annual Irish Logistics and Transport Awards which took place in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin with over 400 of Ireland’s leading transport and logistics professionals in attendance. 

Accepting the award, Mr Keating acknowledged the critical value of trade to the Irish economy, with the value of Irish export receipts in 2012 amounting to €177 billion and imports in the same year totalling €13 billion. These figures clearly illustrate the extent of trading activity in Ireland but more importantly show that Ireland is an active player and significant contributor to the process of globalisation of world trade.

Commenting on the significant role that ports play in the supply chain process, Mr Keating remarked “97% of the country’s trade in terms of volume transits through our ports so it is critical that port infrastructure in Ireland has the capacity to handle growing volumes of trade. Equally important is ensuring that services provided are competitive while remaining effective and responsive.
“We must ensure that our core ports play an integral role in the delivery of effective supply chain solutions by managing and coordinating the flow of materials, commodities and information” he continued.

While a number of Irish businesses today are focused on driving down supply chain costs, significant risks and vulnerabilities often arise where the sole focus is cost reductions. Brendan Keating concluded by calling on the logistics and transport sector in Ireland to develop a comprehensive risk assessment tool kit which would help manufacturing and other businesses who are heavily reliant on their supply chain for the on-going viability of their business.

ENDS

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Sara Mackeown
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Port of Cork Company
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