This area survey looks at both Irish provinces but concentrates on the Republic where manufacturers of equipment such as containers and cranes have healthy order books -- and reputations to match -- and where the ports are extending their facilities to keep in line with demands from an increasingly competitive world. While some look forward to extensions of existing conventional traffic, others such as Cork and Shannon look to a future of perhaps rapid expansion based respectively on the need for industrial growth and a deep water port in the Republic and the promise of an offshore oil boom. The harbors specifically described, including their present facilities and plans for development, are Dublin, Cork, the Shannon Estuary (e.g., Limerick), Rosslare, Waterford (between Rosslare and Cork), Belfast (Northern Ireland), and Warrenpoint (just over the Republic's northern border, but attracting much traffic from the south). The major development in the Cork region concerns an area known as Ringaskiddy. Plans are for a complex with 2700 m of deep water quays and 11.6 m low water basin, 2500 acres for heavy industry and 160 acres of reclaimed land. The harbor's outer anchorage will be dredged to 48 ft and then 64 ft to cater for 120,000 dwt vessels in the first instance. This alone means that Cork could become Ireland's only port offering the sort of deep water facilities demanded by modern container ships and bulk carriers. Deep water facilities at Cork could eliminate the need for transhipment of Irish imports through the UK and continental terminals and even challenge large European ports for transhipment business.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Cargo Systems International

    Arun House, 201-205 High Street
    New Malden KT3 4BH, Surrey,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1976-12

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  • Accession Number: 00156833
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 2 1977 12:00AM