Thursday 17 June 2010
A review of the Port of Cork’s Strategic Development Plan (SDP) was undertaken in the light of changing planning and transportation policies at National, Regional and Local level and follows the refusal by An Bord Pleanala, in 2008, of a port facility development at Ringaskiddy.
The Review examines the future development of the cargo handling capacity of the Port of Cork in the context of achieving a sustainable balance between the economic, social and environmental aspects of Port operations while achieving an acceptable return on investments.
Mr Dermot O’Mahoney, Port of Cork Chairman outlined some of the key drivers’ highlighted during the review. He said: Throughout the review of the Strategic Development Plan some of the key drivers influencing the provision of additional cargo handling facilities at the Port of Cork are:
Mr. O’Mahoney continued: ‘Thirteen potential port sites around Cork Harbour were identified at the beginning of the process with five sites short listed as more suitable to meet port needs.’
The Port of Cork short listed sites were:
· Adjacent Ringaskiddy Ferry Terminal
· Marino Point Jetty and Former IFI Site
· Former ADM Jetty/Deep Water Berth
· Reclaimed lands off Ringaskiddy
· Dog Nose Bank
Each site was assessed for its suitability to meet the needs of the Port in the short, medium and long term for the different modes of trade such as Containers, Bulk Solids, and Bulk Liquids. Conceptual drawings of each potential site were drawn up and assessed under broad criteria.
The review also consisted of stakeholder engagement where a number of meetings and open days were held. These meetings gave the Port of Cork the opportunity to listen to the concerns and issues of stakeholders in and around Cork Harbour. Following this engagement process, all the issues communicated were compiled into an issues report which fed into the Strategic Development Plan review. Some of issues raised by stakeholders were economic, needs and objectives of the Port o f Cork, Tourism, Environment, Industrial Sites, Harbour Management, Infrastructure, Rail, Leisure and Amenity, Phasing, Fishing and stakeholder engagement.
Following detailed technical assessments and consideration of all issues raised during the stakeholder engagement, the primary location in the lower harbour for the relocation of port activities from the upper harbour is Ringaskiddy.
Speaking about the outcome of the Strategic Development Plan Review, Mr. Brendan Keating, Chief Executive of the Port of Cork said: ‘Ringaskiddy is already associated with considerable port activity and port investment. Having Port related development there would be consistent with the County Development Plan and emerging Local and Regional Planning and Transportation policy objectives.’
He continued: ‘Consolidation will have considerable benefits in terms of port operations and the relocation of both containers and bulks to this location will minimise the need to rely on more than one major road upgrade scheme.’
The Port of Cork outlined that flexibility and future proofing opportunities are presented with this approach.
· A new container terminal would best be located on port lands adjacent to the Ringaskiddy Ferry Terminal.
· Bulks operations should primarily be located at the Deep water berth and ADM locations
· A supplementary site for Bulk/General cargo could be located at Marino Point.
· The Marino Point site, if acquired has potential to accommodate Bulk Liquids trade. .
Brendan Keating said: ‘The findings reiterate the Port of Cork’s commitment to ensuring that Cork remains a world class Port with a sustainable and economically viable future in supporting and serving the economic competitiveness and sustainability needs of Cork, its regional economy and hinterland. The Strategic Development Plan was prepared on the basis of planning for the long-term traffic projections of 2030 and beyond, however, much can change in the intervening period and as such the Port will plan for flexibility, future proofing and adaptability in the short to medium term.’
Any future port development will likely occur in a phased manner, individual elements/phases will need to be further assessed at the time of implementation.
The Port of Cork will be consulting with customers and stakeholders again in the coming weeks.
For further information please contact:
Commercial Marketing Executive
Port of Cork Company
Custom House Street
Tel: +353 (0) 21 4625 375
Fax: +353 (0) 21 4276 484
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