This week, the Weekly Photo Challenge has Containers as its subject, and here are a few shots of my home port, the Port of Cork.
The Port of Cork is the main seaport for container ships and cruise ships in southern Ireland, and is a natural harbour and river estuary where the River Lee flows into the sea. Vessels up to 90 000 tonnes can navigate the deep water of the harbour, whilst closer to the city where the channels get narrower, only vessels up to 60 000 tonnes can enter, this is still a very sizeable vessel carrying a lot of goods.
Many of these big container ships are very dependant on tides, and have very little ‘turn around’ time in port, the Port of Cork provides pilot boats and towing facilities for the big ships, and it is strange to see little tugs manouvering these big ships fully laden with containers. The very experienced crane operators do a good job of getting the containers off and stacked – like a giant Tetris game – in the shortest possible time! Maybe it’s a nice job in summer time, but not one I would care to take on when it’s a stormy day! You can see more about the Port of Cork here
The route up to the container port is very picturesque, coming up through the channel with Cobh with its magnificent cathedral and the port for cruise ships on one side, and Crosshaven and the Royal Cork Yacht Club on the other side, and Blackrock Castle, almost across the river from the container docks.
Check this link to see more container traffic.