The Port of Cork has officially opened its new container terminal.
Located at Ringaskiddy in Cork Harbour, Republic of Ireland, the €89 million ($86 million) Cork Container Terminal (CCT) is 360 metres in length and offers a depth of 13 metres.
The 13.5-hectare CCT hosts two Liebherr 50-metre cranes and eight straddle carriers.
The terminal has been in development for four years.
The new terminal means Cork can now service larger vessels than anywhere else across the country.
When fully operational, on completion of the M28 road network, CCT will have the capacity to handle 330,000 TEU.
“Congratulations to all the team involved. This new strategic terminal will offer greater efficiencies, in fact the highest of any European port thus demonstrating the global nature of our region when it comes to international trade, connectivity and innovation,” said Ronan Murray, President of Cork Chamber.
“This state-of-the-art terminal and significant marine infrastructural investment positions the Cork region to be at the centre of global trade and investment into the future,” he said.
Maritime transport accounts for more than 90 per cent of Ireland’s international trade.
The Port of Cork and Dublin are the only ports in Ireland capable of servicing all six shipping modes – lift-on/lift-off (containers), roll-on/roll-off, liquid bulk, dry bulk, break bulk and cruise.