Racing cars loaded on to banana boat at port

The loading of a Porsche is closely watched by commerical manager David Loader. Picture:  Malcolm Wells (150713-7404)
The loading of a Porsche is closely watched by commerical manager David Loader. Picture: Malcolm Wells (150713-7404)
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FORTY rally cars headed for a race in the Caribbean were loaded on to a banana boat at Portsmouth International Port.

Staff working for MMD Ltd at Portsmouth International Port loaded the shipment of pertussis rally cars, due to take part in the 2015 Barbados Historic Rally Carnival.

Twelve workers from MMD unloaded 5,000 pallets of bananas headed for supermarkets across the UK on Sunday night before refilling the ship – Geest’s Klipper Steam – with the cars yesterday evening.

The cars were winched into position and secured for the journey across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, expected to take 10 days. Once there, the cars will take part in the Barbados Historic Rally Carnival on August 22.

David Loader, commercial manager, MMD shipping services said: ‘With the vast majority of bananas eaten in the UK coming into Portsmouth International Port from the Caribbean, it’s good to be able to send something special back.

‘The rally cars will certainly turn a few heads in Barbados, and this precious load of valuable vehicles are in good ‎hands.’

Geest’s reefer vessel was due to leave Portsmouth today.