Banana Handling at St. Petersburg
SeaNews has visited the m/v “Uruguay Star” as she unloaded bananas in St. Petersburg. The ship is deployed in a service between Guayaquil and St. Petersburg recently launched by Star Reefers. All the vessels in the service can carry bananas both on pallets in ship holds and in containers on board. The transit time is just about 18 days, it is faster than container services as there are only two ports in the rotation and no slow steaming. In St. Petersburg, ships are handled at Saint Peter’s Terminal. Back loading is currently under discussion – it is possible to carry fertilizers from Russia to Latin America. In the video: “Uruguay Star” berthed in St. Petersburg, bananas unloaded from the ship board and loaded onto trucks, “Uruguay Star” Master explaining how ships transit the Panama Canal, and back to banana unloading.
The video can be viewed here