Ringaskiddy Container Terminal

The Port of Cork Company appointed RPS to prepare a Strategic Development Plan to meet the ports needs for the next 30 years.  RPS undertook a detailed and systematic review of the port's needs and objectives and prepared a comprehensive Masterplan detailing how these might be addressed in a cost effective and sustainable manner.


The first stage of development works under the plan is the construction of a new container terminal in Ringaskiddy to accommodate the ongoing increase in the size of container vessels calling at the port and to provide adequate landside storage for increasing trade volumes. RPS has been appointed by the port to undertake the design, procurement and supervision of the marine and civil engineering works contract

Key details

Project name
Ringaskiddy Container Terminal

Port of Cork Company

County Cork, Ireland

Services provided

  • Maritime infrastructure
  • Coastal engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Project management
  • Environmental Impact Assessment


Ringaskiddy Container Terminal is a complex maritime engineering project which required consideration of a range of environmental and engineering issues in order to develop the most appropriate solution.

  • A range of environmental issues including traffic, noise, marine ecology and visual impact
  • Variable geotechnical conditions and potential for karst features
  • Provision of a required deep water quay structure within a challenging budget
  • The development of an appropriate container handing philosophy within the constraints of the available land and budget and with flexibility for future expansion
  • The facility is to be constructed in a working port environment and a key consideration is to avoid any impact on ongoing port operations
  • Accommodation of ship to shore gantry cranes
  • Possibility for introduction of a RoRo berth in the future


As lead consultant, RPS worked with the client and stakeholders to develop a terminal layout and associated facilities to meet a range of diverse requirements in an operationally efficient and cost effective manner.

RPS prepared a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment and worked closely with the planning consultants throughout the planning process which included a public oral hearing.

Our engineers worked closely with the port's operations personnel to develop an operations system and associated engineering solution which met all client needs.  

Key to successful completion of the project was to provide a new port entrance onto the nearby National Route (N28). Our engineers developed a suitable solution that could be phased throughout the construction process to maintain access to other operational port facilities at all times.

Project statistics

400m new quay wall
13.1 m
Dredging to -13.1 m CD
2 km
2 km Internal road network and new road junction onto the public road
11 ha
11 ha Container terminal for an ultimate throughput of 480,000 TEU.

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