17 August 2016:

The Port of Cork is planning to build a new €15m deep-water quay in Cobh to handle the increasing number of large cruise liners expected to arrive in the near future.

The company confirmed a record 66 liners are already booked to dock in the harbour next year.

The scheduled 66 ships will carry 170,000 passengers in total and, on average, they are expected to directly spend €73 each while ashore bringing a potential boost of €12.41m to the local economy.

The company has already invested €1.5m in upgrading the existing cruise liner berth in Cobh to facilitate Quantum class ships, which are over 350 metres in length.

The new quay will also allow for two huge cruise ships to arrive at the same time.

On past occasions, when liners arrived at the same time, one had to berth in Ringaskiddy.

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