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Largest container ship to berth at an Irish port on its way to Cork with 7.5 million Fyffes bananas

It will take around six to eight hours to get all the fruit off the container ship.

THE LARGEST CONTAINER ship to berth at an Irish port is coming to Cork tomorrow.

The container ship MV Northern Dedication will berth at the Port of Cork’s Deepwater Berth in Ringaskiddy as part of a weekly scheduled call from Central America to Cork.

The ship is carrying over 75 containers of fresh fruit, predominantly Fyffes bananas with each container carrying more than 100,000 bananas. The ship will also discharge containers of pineapples and melons.

It has an overall length of 230m and a deadweight tonnage of 42,121 tonnes. It will take around six to eight hours to get all the fruit off the container ship.

As the Port of Cork begins their expansion phase in Ringaskiddy, it’s expected that more of these size vessels will become regular visitors to the Port of Cork.

Port of Cork Commercial Manager, Captain Michael McCarthy said, “There are very little restrictions at Ringaskiddy Deepwater Berth, so when it comes to handling a vessel of this size, the port is more than capable.

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“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.”

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