An update from the Port of Cork Company

Eoin McGettigan has announced his intention to step down from his role as CEO of the Port of Cork Company (PoCC) later this year.

Eoin took up the role in 2020 and will continue in the position until May 2024.

Commenting on his decision to step down, Mr McGettigan stated: “This is not a decision I’ve taken lightly as it has been an honour to lead the Port of Cork through such a transformative period for the company.”

“I am immensely proud of the talented and committed team I’ve had the pleasure to work alongside and of everything we have achieved together. The Port has celebrated many significant milestones over the last four years. The opening of a €94m new terminal in Ringaskiddy, the moving of 70% of the Port’s activities from Cork City to the deeper waters of the lower harbour, as well as the launch of the Port Masterplan 2050 which sets out the Port’s exciting ambitions for the future.”

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Port of Cork and working with the excellent team here but I feel the time is right for me to focus on further professional goals I hope to achieve. I remain committed to supporting my team, the Board and ensuring a smooth leadership transition.”

Michael Walsh, Chair of PoCC, thanked Eoin for his great leadership during a time of immense change for the organisation. “Under Eoin’s careful stewardship a great deal has been delivered which is particularly impressive in the context of the Covid pandemic. We wish Eoin the very best in his future endeavours and in the meantime our focus remains on continuing to further strengthen and evolve our business and looking ahead to an exciting transformative period for Port of Cork.”

About Port of Cork Company

The Port of Cork is the world’s second-largest natural harbour and a key international trade gateway. It is the key seaport in the south of Ireland and is one of the three Ports of National Significance (Tier 1) as designated by National Ports Policy.

The National Ports Policy mandates Tier 1 Ports to lead the response in meeting Ireland’s future port capacity requirements. In this capacity, the port is also central to the national economic growth given that national ports handle approximately 90% of all imported and exported tonnage in Ireland.

As a multi-model port it is only one of two ports in Ireland to service all six shipping modes – lift on/ lift off, roll-on/ roll-off, liquid bulk, dry bulk, break bulk and cruise.

The Port of Cork Company (PoCC) is a commercial semi-state company responsible for the broad range of commercial running of Cork harbour as well as the navigation and berthage in the port.

In 2022, the Ports of Cork and Bantry reported a total consolidated traffic throughput of 10.2 million tonnes. The PoCC’s direct workforce is 170 staff, however, it supports thousands of jobs through indirect employment through warehouses, hauliers and shipping agents.

PoCC is a hugely important catalyst for trade and employment, offering direct connectivity to a global supply chain, particularly for FDI. 35 of its top customers are from industries such as Med-Tec, Pharma, IT, chemical and Agri-Food accounting for €145 billion of manufacturing and supporting over 45,000 jobs directly in the southwest region.

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