Shannon Foynes Port Company, Ireland’s deepest sheltered commercial harbour and largest bulk port company, has statutory jurisdiction over all marine activities on a 500km2 area on the Shannon Estuary, stretching from Kerry to Loop Head to Limerick City.
Adjacent to the world’s busiest shipping routes, with current capacity to handle over 10 million tonnes annually and with water depths of up to 32m, we are uniquely positioned to expand as an international cargo hub serving the domestic, European and worldwide markets. This expansion will be accommodated by up to 1200 hectares of land zoned for Port development.
Shannon Foynes Port Company is extremely well positioned to assist in the need to transition to a low carbon economy. Due to the Port’s location proximate to the Atlantic wind resource, considered the best in the world, and its plans to introduce new services that could assist in decarbonising the supply chain, the Port has a significant role to play in the Government’s Climate Action Plan with regard to energy generation and transport.
The turnover value of current trade handled by the Port is €8.5 billion per annum, with associated economic impacts of of€1.9 billion pa supporting over 3,900 jobs. In order to fully realise the potential of its deep water advantage, future expansion and development of the Port is led by its Masterplan, Vision 2041.
The Shannon Estuary – with depths of up to 32m and a handling capacity for large vessels up to 200,000 deadweight tonnes, is among the deepest ports in Europe – providing Shannon Foynes Port Company, its customers and investors with a natural advantage and opportunity. Through our Masterplan, Vision 2041, we are realising that opportunity by transforming the Shannon Estuary into a major international shipping and economic hub.
Shannon Foynes Port Company is an EU Core Network Port (TEN-T) and a Tier 1 Port in the National Ports Policy, effectively designating the Shannon Estuary as a commercial water course of international significance.