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Operators at Dublin & Cork Ports Say Imports of Essential Items Have Increased

3rd April 2020
Paschal Sheehy of RTE said: So, have you been panic buying during Covid19? At the Port of Cork, Harbour Master Paul O’Regan says cargo business is actually up, supply chains are moving, the country’s ports are open and everyone is working hard to maintain the supply of goods. Paschal Sheehy of RTE said: So, have you been panic buying during Covid19? At the Port of Cork, Harbour Master Paul O’Regan says cargo business is actually up, supply chains are moving, the country’s ports are open and everyone is working hard to maintain the supply of goods. Photo: Port of Cork retweeted RTE

Operators of Dublin and Cork ports have said imports of food and other essential items have increased since the Covid-19 outbreak here over a month ago.

According to RTE News, the ports said contingencies are in place to ensure ports stay open and supply chains remain intact.

Their trading figures indicate the Covid-19 outbreak has seen increased demand for food and other essential items.

This is backed up by evidence of panic buying and empty supermarket shelves.

The Port of Cork insists that trade is up and supply chains have been unaffected by the coronavirus outbreak.

At Cork's deep water terminal in Ringaskiddy, unloading of a Portuguese cargo ship, AS Petronia, began at 5am.

The ship left Costa Rica in Central America a fortnight ago, and tied up in Ringaskiddy in the early hours of this morning.

Ireland is its first port of call. The ship is carrying more than 2,000 shipping containers which are destined for ports all over Europe.

There were around 100 shipping containers for Ireland on board, carrying mangos, melons and pineapples, along with four million bananas - a mere week's supply to keep this country going.

More on this story by clicking here.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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