European Maritime Day 2024

30–31 May 2024 | Svendborg, Denmark


European Maritime Day 2024

Welcome back to the EMD 2025 !

Enjoy the video clip showcasing the maritime landscape of Cork, Ireland

EMD 2025 - Cork

Save the date : 22 - 23 May 2025!

In 2025, European Maritime Day will take place in Cork, Ireland. The city was about to host EMD 2020, which was cancelled due to COVID-19, and Cork City is delighted to host its return in 2025.

EMD perfectly fits with the vision of Cork as it boasts a rich maritime heritage that stretches back centuries. As one of the island's principal seaports, Cork has played a pivotal role in Ireland's maritime history and continues to be a vital hub for trade, culture, innovation and tourism.

The city's maritime legacy can be traced back to its strategic location within Cork harbour, which is the second largest natural harbour in the world that provided natural protection and easy access to the Atlantic Ocean. This advantageous position made Cork a bustling port city, attracting merchants, traders, and sailors from around the world. Cork was the last port of call for the Titanic, where Cork was a vital stopover during the transatlantic liner era.

In addition to its historical significance, Cork's maritime heritage continues to shape its economy and identity in the modern era. The Port of Cork, located at the heart of the city, remains one of Ireland's busiest ports. From container shipping and bulk cargo to cruise liners and ferry services, the port plays a crucial role in facilitating trade and transportation both domestically and internationally.

Furthermore, Cork's maritime sector extends beyond the port itself, encompassing a wide range of industries and activities. The city is home to a thriving marine research community, and is home to two of Ireland’s leading Universities, with institutions such as the MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy leading the way in cutting-edge research and innovation. This research not only contributes to our understanding of the marine environment but also drives technological advancements in areas such as renewable energy, aquaculture, and marine conservation. 

Cork harbour is home to Ireland’s national maritime college, reflecting the sea faring tradition as well as the location for Ireland’s principle Naval Base.  A strong renewables industry is growing in the region reflecting the strive for innovation and Ireland’s strategic location in the Atlantic.

Looking ahead, Cork is well positioned to build on its maritime heritage and strengthen its standing as a dynamic and forward-thinking city. With ongoing investments in port infrastructure, research, and tourism, Cork continues to embrace its maritime roots while charting a course towards a sustainable and prosperous future. As a gateway to the Atlantic and a symbol of Ireland's seafaring spirit, Cork City remains an integral part of Europe's maritime landscape.


Cork Airport is located just 8 km from Cork City Centre.  Cork Airport has direct air connections to over 40 destinations across Europe, including daily links to key hub airports like London (Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted), Amsterdam (Schiphol) and Paris (Charles de Gaulle).  For further information about flights to Cork see

Alternatively, Dublin airport is located 270 km from Cork City Centre.  Hourly bus services connect Dublin Airport directly to Cork City with a journey time of 3.5 hours, as well as direct trains from Dublin city centre. Bus services also operate to Shannon Airport. A direct Ferry operates Cork-Roscoff and Cork is a 2.5 hours drive from the Rosslare / Fishguard and Cherbourg routes.