In 2016 the volume of traffic through Cork Port decreased slightly from 2015 traffic reaching 9.2million tonnes. Imports remained steady whilst export figures decreased slightly mainly due to the closure of Lissheen Mines, and the halt of exporting lead and zinc through the port. Whilst the container traffic figures are encouraging, there was an impressive growth in the volume of trade cars being imported with volumes growing to 46,000.
For 2017 Cork is gearing up for the arrival of cruise liners into various ports, with eight due to dock between May and September. Further down the line the €8.5million investment in Bantry Bay Marina will see a new a new marina opening in June. The port of Cork company and Cobh and Harbour Chamber of Commerce have formed an organisation – Cork Cruise – and are working to promote Cork and all it has to offer.