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Press Release 04.05.2012

Port of Cork Gets Ready to Welcome 900 Brazilian Delegates
on-board MV Independence of the Seas

This May bank holiday weekend will be a busy one for the Port of Cork with two large cruise liners visiting Cobh, bringing over 10,000 passengers and crew to the region. MV Emerald Princess will arrive on Saturday at 10am and depart at 7pm, while MV Independence of the Seas, an annual visitor to the port, will arrive on Sunday at 3pm and depart on Monday at 6pm.

Aside from the predominantly UK and American passengers, MV Independence of the Seas will also have up to 900 delegates from the fuel industry in Brazil on board. These passengers are being rewarded for their business with a high end incentive trip which includes a visit to Cork. The group, which is being co-ordinated by Kuoni Destination Management Company will experience Cork over a day and a half and is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the region of Cork, voted one of the top ten European destinations to visit in 2011 by Yahoo Search Engine.

Cork Convention Bureau (CCB) has been working with Kuoni on an impressive itinerary for the Brazilians and CCB ensure they will experience the best of the region including a visit to the coastal town of Kinsale, the Queenstown Heritage Centre in Cobh, a visit to the Jameson Distillery in Midleton and the obligatory kissing of the Blarney Stone. Two hours of free time in Cork’s city centre will allow the group to browse the chic boutiques and have lunch at many of Cork’s great restaurants tasting local artisan produce.

According to Evelyn O’Sullivan, Business Tourism Manager CCB: ‘This visit is worth an estimated €200,000 to the Cork region. Cork is at its peak right now and international event organisers looking for new destinations are very impressed with the product offering. Cork is unique in having the facilities to welcome incentive groups arriving on cruise liners. (Cork Convention Bureau is an initiative supported by Cork City and County Councils, Cork Airport, Cork Chamber, Failte Ireland and the hotel federation Cork.)”.

Commenting on the delegate visit to Cork, Captain Michael McCarthy Port of Cork said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Cork to leave a very positive welcoming experience for the 900 visitors. It is very encouraging to see commercial companies using the cruise liner business as a method of visiting the region. Statistics available from the cruise lines indicate that 30% of cruise passengers make a return visit to a region they visited on their cruise itinerary. This would be excellent for Cork if some or all of these delegates return in the future with their family or friends or indeed looked at future business opportunities.”

He continued: “The Port of Cork has been involved for the last 3 years with Spanish, French and Portuguese Ports in developing the European Atlantic Area as a premier cruise destination. This work under an EU Initiative “Cruise Atlantic Europe” is aimed at developing the historic links between these countries and the Latin nations in South America, particularly Brazil to encourage them to visit this region.”

Press Release 02.05.2012

Captain Michael McCarthy, Port of Cork, Elected as Chairman of Cruise Europe

Irish Cruise Line Business Worth an Estimated €60M to the Irish Economy

At the Cruise Europe Conference 2012 held at Royal Greenwich, London in April, Captain Michael McCarthy of the Port of Cork, was unanimously elected Chairman of Cruise Europe. Michael brings over 40 years of maritime experience to the position having served as Master at sea, Marine Surveyor, Deputy Harbour Master and is currently Commercial Manager with the Port of Cork Company.

Michael endorsed the vision of Cruise Europe which he said is “to deliver to the cruise companies a world class cruise destination on behalf of our members”. Between 2005 & 2010, there has been an increase of 84% growth in the economic impact of the European Cruise Industry, bringing the total contribution to €35 billion.

On average there are over 200 cruise calls to Ireland per year carrying approximately half a million passengers and crew. This cruise business contributes an overall economic contribution estimated to be worth €60 million to the island of Ireland. Commenting on the Irish cruise business, the newly elected chairman of Cruise Europe, Captain Michael McCarthy said: “There are many indirect economic and tourism benefits to Ireland from the cruise sector, as well as the benefit of introducing Ireland to new markets and growing business opportunities. Cruise visits help to showcase Ireland’s world class shore products, destinations and highlight all that Ireland has to offer visitors.”

He continued: “One of Ireland’s advantages is the strategic and geographic spread of its numerous ports, many of which are in close proximity to world class tourism destinations and it is with this in mind that Ireland will be promoted with the North and Atlantic European destinations to develop thriving and “must see” destinations.”

The cruise industry, as a whole, faces major challenges and it is vital that Cruise Europe members support the cruise lines through effective communications and develop an outstanding service while keeping costs tightly under control, particularly as the lines adapt to the ECA [Emissions Control Area] regulations from 2015.    “These regulations, which will come into force on January 1st 2015, will reduce sulphur limits in fuel to 0.10%. This will result in vessels operating from the English Channel through the North Sea into the Baltic from 2015, to have increased operating fuel costs of over  50%.”   McCarthy also outlined the benefits of being a member of Cruise Europe and the commitment to working closely with the ECC and other representative organizations.

Cruise Europe has over a hundred members within Atlantic Europe and the Baltic from Lisbon in the south to St. Petersburg in Russia & Iceland, Faros & Scandinavian Countries – and its four very different regions – Iceland &Norway, The Baltic, UK & Ireland and Europe’s West Coast offer a diversity of experiences as to history, culture and events.  The Cruise Europe website is here:

Press Release 30.04.2012

Crosshaven Boys Win Port of Cork Schools Initiative 2012

The Port of Cork Company awarded Scoil Naisúnta Cros tSeain (Crosshaven Boys National School) the Best Overall Project in the 2012 Port of Cork Schools Initiative. The huge effort made by the 5th class paid off when they were presented with best overall project by the Chairman of the Port of Cork, Mr. Dermot O’ Mahoney, in the boardroom at Customs House.

Twenty schools from in and around Cork City and Harbour area took part in the Port of Cork Schools Initiative which was themed ‘Ships, Steam Trains and Seaplanes – the Cork Harbour Connection’.

This year’s judges; Mr. John Neville Port of Cork, Mr. Marc Anderson Titanic 100 and Mr. Brian Lougheed Evening Echo all praised the huge effort and creativity made by the participating primary schools. Projects submitted were both informative and visually very creative and colourful.

Mr. John Neville, Port of Cork, said: “The projects submitted were inspiring. This is an excellent way for children to learn about the history of the harbour, the different methods of transport both on and off the water and most importantly, how the harbour can be enjoyed today.’

Commenting on the school projects, the Chairman of the Port of Cork, Mr. Dermot O’Mahoney said; ‘Congratulations to Scoil Naisúnta Cros tSeain (Crosshaven Boys National School) for their excellent submission. It is clear every 5th class pupil went to a lot of effort researching, creating and building their project. All the projects were of a very high standard and we acknowledge and appreciate the time and commitment by the teachers. We are delighted with the efforts put in by the participating schools and well done to all involved.’

All participating classes will be invited for an informative visit to Custom House followed by a boat trip around Cork Harbour, a visit to The Titanic Experience and Cobh Heritage Centre and rounded up with a train journey from Cobh to Cork City.

The overall best project winners, Scoil Naisúnta Cros tSeain (Crosshaven Boys National School) will get to go on board one of the many luxurious cruise liners which call to Cork for a tour of the ship and to meet the captain.

This is the seventh year of the Port of Cork Company’s successful Primary Schools initiative.

Prizes were also awarded to the following classes;
Best Photograph – 5th Class, Templebreedy, Crosshaven
Best Artwork Piece – 5th Class, Glasheen Boys National School, Glasheen

Press Release 04.01.2012

Port of Cork Schools Initiative Looks at the Transport History of Cork Harbour

Calling all 5th Class Teachers – Win a Free Boat Trip around Cork Harbour for your class

The Port of Cork has launched their Schools Initiative for 2012 and is calling on all 5th class primary school teachers to get their class involved. This year’s initiative is based on the theme ‘Ships, Steam Trains and Seaplanes – the Cork Harbour Connection’ and encourages school children to research Cork harbour and these methods of transports used in the past and today.

The Port of Cork Schools Initiative aims to teach 5th class primary school children about the rich history of Cork Harbour and its uses today as a natural harbour, commercial port and excellent leisure amenity. All participating 5th classes who take part in the Port of Cork Schools Initiative will be treated to a boat trip around Cork harbour, compliments of the Port of Cork and each class will also receive a certificate of participation. Awards will be given for the best artwork piece and best photograph. The overall best project will receive a tour on board one of the many large cruise liners visiting Cork during the summer of 2012.

Speaking about the 2012 theme, Captain Pat Murphy said: “This year’s theme encourages classes to research the history of ships, steam trains and seaplanes within Cork Harbour over past generations and perhaps compare these modes of transport to those used today. Cork Harbour has a rich history of different transport modes and many people may not know that Aghada on the East side of the harbour was a base for American Seaplanes during the early 1900’s. Though dramatically changed, ships, trains and seaplanes are still used in Cork Harbour today.”

He added: “2012 will also see the centenary of RMS Titanic commemorated in Cobh, highlighting Cork’s rich history with large Trans-Atlantic liners calling to the port. The 150th anniversary of the first train service on the Cork – Cobh line also takes place this year.”

Projects are to be presented in artwork format using paintings, models or photographs. Submitted projects will go on public display in Customs House before the winner is announced in April 2012. Closing date for entries is 30th March 2012.

For more information on this year’s schools project and how to get involved, please contact Captain Pat Murphy Tel: 021 4625312 or Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit

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