Marino Point, home to the former IFI plant, was considered for the Port of Cork’s new €200m container terminal and berth but was ruled out due to poor transport links.
That is according to Denis Healy, manager of engineering services at the Port of Cork.
He was speaking at the start of their public consultation process on its €110m first phase of the new terminal container and roll-on roll-off berth to be constructed at Oyster Bank, beside the ferry terminal in Ringaskiddy.
That is only the first phase of what will eventually be a €200m facility designed to take over the cargo capabilities of its existing Tivoli facility, which is now barely able to cope with the growing imports and exports passing through Cork Harbour.
The new project is expected to be paid for by public/private partnership.
At yesterday’s event, Mr Healy said his company had given ‘very serious consideration’ when the IFI plant came on the market, as to how it might be used.
However, he said the possible transportation by rail was not felt to be a viable option, given the decline in commercial rail transportation.
For that reason, he said the port was fully behind the upgrade of the N28 road being planned by the National Roads Authority which will create direct access for lorries leaving its facilities to the main arteries into and out of Cork.
Meanwhile, a disused jetty at the former ADM facility is to be incorporated into the Port of Cork’s facilities in Ringaskiddy.
The Port of Cork is looking at the ADM’s jetty for a long-term lease which would offer it the ideal location to take its bulk items out of the city centre.
The massive ADM facility is up for sale, with agreement expected soon with a well-known new owner, but in the meantime negotiations are ongoing for the Port of Cork to take on the jetty and a tract of land beside it for use as a cargo terminal.
The widespread use of the jetty is not expected until after the new container terminal at Oyster Bank is operational.