A planning application is to be lodged to relocate Goulding fertiliser facility from Cork's south docklands to the former Irish Fertiliser Industries (IFI) site at Marino Point in Cork Harbour.
Goulding and Belvelly Marino Development Company (BMDC) have announced their intention to submit a joint planning application in May to Cork County Council for the proposed development.
If the development proceeds, it will free up large sections of land in the Cork docklands for future redevelopment.
This is the first joint planning application for the site and relates to the relocation of the fertiliser facility and also additional BMDC port operational use of the existing jetty to facilitate general dry cargo vessels at Belvelly Port Facility.
The former IFI site was acquired by BMDC in 2017. BMDC is a public-private partnership between Lanber Holdings and the Port of Cork Company.
Brendan Kent, COO of Goulding’s said: "Goulding’s association with Cork extends as far back as 1856 when the company was formed. It has operated from its current City Docklands site since 1955. The proposed relocation is in accordance with Cork City Council’s Local Area Plan for Docklands."
"This relocation will be a key enabler for the development of Cork Docklands. It is also consistent with the Port of Cork’s plans to consolidate its activities downstream, which includes delivering on the potential of Belvelly Port Facility as an integral part of the development of Cork Harbour," he said.
Goulding was founded in 1856 in Cork and has operated from Centre Park Road since 1955.
Their proposal for Marino Point will include the importation of bulk granular fertiliser at the existing jetty, a storage warehouse and a bagging and palletising facility.
The additional port operational use of the jetty will include timber logs, woodchip, machinery parts, deep-sea maintenance and exploratory vessels.
It is projected that the average number of ships using the existing jetty will be approximately 90 per year made up of 50 ships for Goulding operations and 40 ships for BMDC operations.
It had been both companies aim to hold public meetings to discuss the proposed development, however, the current Covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings mean all information is now being made available online.
The plans can be viewed at: http://www.portofcork.ie/belvelly-port-facility.