Port of Cork Gears Up for Record-Breaking ‘241’ Car Shipment

The Port of Cork Company is set to welcome a 60% surge in car trade volumes with approximately 8,000 brand-new vehicles arriving in Cork this month. This significant increase is attributed to soaring demand, signalling enhanced consumer confidence in the car trade market. 

To accommodate the increased volume of cars, the port, which usually welcomes an average of 5,000 trade cars at this time of year, has strategically allocated a new storage facility at Paddy’s Point in Ringaskiddy for the first time. The current storage facility at Ringaskiddy has reached its capacity and so this temporary expansion is required to ensure the smooth and efficient handling of this substantial shipment.

The new cars will be filtering in on various vessels before making their way to dealerships around the country. Just under 3,000 cars arrived this past weekend on two different vessels, primarily made up of Volkswagen, Audi, Cupra, Seat and Skoda models. The key shipping customers facilitating this operation include OGMA, Euromed Ireland Logistics Ltd. (EMIL), National Vehicle Distribution (NVD), Mainport, Doyle Shipping Group and the Grimaldi Group.

Conor Mowlds, Chief Commercial Officer at the Port of Cork Company commented on the programme: “The substantial increase in car shipments is a testament to the robust demand in the automotive industry. The Port of Cork’s strategic position as a key gateway for trade continues to play a vital role in facilitating the growth of commerce in the region. This surge not only highlights the resilience of Cork’s trade infrastructure but also underscores the economic vitality of the region. The increased activity is expected to boost trade and create positive ripple effects across various sectors. It is especially promising to see more and more EVs entering the Irish market.”  

To accommodate an expected future demand, in December 2023, the Port of Cork Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NVD and EMIL, to explore the development of a new multi-story car storage facility at Ringaskiddy, that could store up to 6,000 cars at a time and reduce the current on-dock footprint.

The increase in car volumes in one year alone demonstrates the requirement for a new permanent multi-story car storage facility at Ringaskiddy. We expect approximately 50,000 trade cars to pass through the port this year, which is forecast to increase further as the population rises. We are currently exploring the viability of a more sustainable solution with our partners NVD and Euromed Ireland to facilitate this growth.” 

Three more Grimaldi vessels are expected to arrive to the Port of Cork between now and the start of February.