The Port of Cork are playing their part to ensure that supermarket shelves are stocked, and that frontline workers’ vehicles have fuel during the Covid-19 pandemic.
A full schedule of deliveries has taken place this week at the Port to ensure supply chains keep moving across Munster.
The Port of Cork and it’s staff have been instrumental in ensuring that food and other essential items are continually available to consumers across Ireland during the Covid-19 pandemic.
This week alone, 1,550 containers passed through the port which included, among many other things, shipments of wine and pasta, four million bananas, and a multitude of other foodstuffs to be distributed by supermarkets.
80,000 tonnes of crude oil to be refined at Ireland’s only oil refinery in Cork Harbour also arrived, as did 20,000 tonnes of animal feed and cereals.
The Port of Cork have said that they are currently operating to a contingency plan to ensure continuity of service and to maximise social distancing on site.
Brendan Keating, Chief Executive of Port of Cork, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues in the Port of Cork for their tireless efforts in keeping the Port open. Through their actions, we know the supermarket shelves will be stocked, ambulances and Garda vehicles will have fuel, and the country can get through these dark times.
“The Port of Cork will remain open throughout this crisis, and we continue to work closely with the HSE to ensure the safety and security of everyone at the Port,” he added.