It’s bananas. The largest container ship ever to dock in Ireland will arrive at the deepwater quay in Ringaskiddy today carrying a massive consignment of fruit.

The ship, MV Northern Dedication, will have 75 containers onboard, basically carrying what is being dubbed as ‘Ireland’s fruit intake for a week’.

At 230m long and weighing in at a whopping 42,121 tonnes (deadweight) it will be off-loading nearly 6m bananas, plus large amounts of pineapples and melons.

The ship is bringing in the produce from Central America and despite her size will be unloaded within six to eight hours, which highlights the port’s cargo handling prowess.

Vessels of this size are common around the globe nowadays and as the Port of Cork begins its expansion phase in Ringaskiddy, it is anticipated that more of these leviathans will become regular visitors to the port.

The port’s commercial manager Captain Michael McCarthy said there were very few restrictions at the Ringaskiddy deepwater berth, so when it came to handling a vessel of this size, the port was more than capable.

“In the future we would hope to see more of these size vessels calling, as our port expands to meet the needs of our own customers and the needs of the global shipping community,” said Capt McCarthy.

Service from Central America to Cork commenced in 2013 and to date it has proven very successful — although the fruit never arrived in a ship of this size before.

“Bringing mainly Fyffes bananas to Ireland from South America, this service is vitally important for the domestic grocery industry,” he explained.

Last year the port handled more than 205,000 containers.

 


Lifestyle

A parent coach says parents are often the best judge of how to care for their baby – and explains how they can learn to have faith in their intuition.Ask an expert: How can I know what’s best for my baby?

We take a trip down memory lane and check out what happened on this day in years gone by by looking back at some Irish Examiner front pages and highlighting other events which went down in history across the world.August 23, 2019: A look back at what happened on this day in years gone by

Romantic florals to 1970s chic, fun femininity to gothic grunge —we showcase the top autumn/winter looks at Brown Thomas, with a focus on the most exciting and diverse designer labels.Coming at you: The top autumn/winter looks at Brown Thomas

RP O’Donnell says it is hard to find anywhere better than Boston to show your family a great time as he returns to a city he used to call homeA family friendly holiday guide to get the best out of beautiful Boston

More From The Irish Examiner