19 March 2020
By Bryan Smyth
The Port of Cork has agreed a temporary suspension of operations with Cruise Lines as a result of the escalating global COVID-19 outbreak.
Cruise liners that were due to berth between now and April 20th have been cancelled. Cruise operations in the following months are now in question.
The Port has welcomed clarity from the cruise lines in relation to the cancellations, with these decisions being taken in the best interests of public safety.
CEO of the Port of Cork, Brendan Keating says; “We are obviously disappointed that this year’s cruise season has been impacted by COVID-19, but we fully respect the decision of the cruise companies to cancel these calls in the interests of public health. There will be a significant impact on the local community through loss of business, and we fully support Government initiatives to help those businesses trade through difficult times.”
Freight operations are continuing, and the Port expects to accommodate all scheduled vessels in the weeks ahead.
Staff members and visitors at the Port are adopting best practice in terms of social distancing, and as a precaution, inbound ships are subject to strict new guidelines as outlined in a notice to mariners.
The schedule of freight arrivals at the Port of Cork is unaffected by the COVID-19 outbreak. These inbound vessels will carry a range of goods including standard containers, fertiliser, crude oil, and animal feed.