The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is carrying out site investigation works in Dingle which may enable larger vessels be safely manoeuvred and moored.
The development of cruise ship tourism was raised at the monthly meeting of Kerry County Council last week.
Dingle Harbour had six visits from cruise vessels in the past year – including the 400 foot National Geographic Explorer.
Sinn Féin Cllr Toireasa Ferris asked Kerry County Council examine the suitability of harbours in Kerry for the landing of cruise ships.
The council confirmed its currently examining the expansion of Fenit Harbour, outlining their intention to seek a feasibility study and cost appraisal.
Meanwhile, the Dingle Fisheries Harbour Centre has been visited by cruise vessels in each season of the past decade with six in the past year alone. These include the 400 ft National Geographic Explorer, docked alongside by Harbour Master Captain Nigel Collins.
Due to their length, most vessels drop anchor at the mouth of the harbour, with passengers transferring in via small passenger vessels. The Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine confirmed to Radio Kerry in order to allow larger vessels be safely manoeuvred and moored, the main North-South section of the approach channel would require widening, and a swinging basin would be required in the harbour.
As part of its capital program, the Department said it’s currently carrying out site investigation works in Dingle to determine the nature of the material likely to be dredged in any future dredging operation.