Port of Cork reports increased cargo volumes

29/08/2012

Ireland’s port of Cork has released reports showing increased cargo volumes of over 5% for the first six months of 2012, bucking the trend of other Irish seaports.

The figures strongly contrast with figures released from the Irish Maritime Development Office which show an overall decrease in shipping volumes across the country’s six main seaports in the first six months of this year.

Most impressively, container traffic increased by over 5% compared with the same period in 2011. In addition, imports were up nearly 6% and exports up by almost 5% over the same period.

Figures released for the main ports overall show a decline in imports of 4% and a decline in exports of 2% for the first six months of this year.

At the Port of Cork, dry bulk cargo as well as oil traffic continued to perform strongly.

The Port of Cork CEO, Brendan Keating, commented that the port was perfectly placed as a trading hub for European and US markets with its deep water facilities.

He said,

“We are continuing to expand and grow our facilities to meet customers’ demands.”

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