Friday 20 March 2020
CRUISE LINES TEMPORARILY SUSPEND CALLS TO BANTRY BAY PORT
Cruise Calls in April “under review” and subject to guidelines from HSE
Port of Cork’s sister port on the West Coast of Ireland, Bantry Bay Port Company has agreed a temporary suspension of operations with Cruise Lines as a result of the escalating global COVID-19 outbreak.
Cruise liners up to 26th April have been cancelled, with cruise operations in the following months now in question.
Both ports have 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 in both ports 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.”
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.
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