Ireland’s Port of Cork will be receiving its largest ever containership – the MV Northern Dedication – April 8, 2016, which is 230 metres long and weighs more than 42,000 tonnes, according to The Irish Times.
Captain Michael McCarthy, Commercial Manager at Port of Cork said, “The ship is also carrying melons and pineapples and we expect she will discharge her entire cargo in six to eight hours, highlighting Cork’s capability as a Tier 1 port.
“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.”
This follows news that the 18,000 TEU CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin had docked at the Port of Long Beach, which was also the place of its recent inauguration.
CMA CGM has previously said that it plans to send six more of these behemoth ships to the US by May, 2016, which represents a new era for container handling operations in the US.