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2 Aran Ferries loaded on to ship at last.

Aran Ferries loaded at last.

The 2 Aran islands ferries have been successfully loaded on to the “Thor Gitta” at Galway docks. The 2 ferries which previously serviced the Aran Islands were sold by the receiver of Bád Arann Teoranta, which traded as Aran Islands Direct from Rossaveal in Connemara.

The drama has continued since the first ship sent to collect the ferries went aground off Rossaveal at the end of March.

On April 7th one of the ferries fell while a lift was attempted in Galway.

Ferry Fall story with pictures and video.

It is thought that the “Thor Gitta” will sail fron Galway tomorrow now that the ferries are at last secured on the deck.

Aran Islands ferry falls from crane.

The saga of the Aran Islands ferries continues.

Last week a ship , the “Pantanal” sent to collect the ferries ran aground at Rossaveal.

A dramatic incident today at Galway docks saw one of the ferries fall from a crane. 3 people on board were injured.

clan na noliean  falls at galway docks

(Pic: Joe Shaughnessy - Connacht Tribune)


Story from RTE.

Three men have been taken to hospital following an incident at Galway Docks this morning.

They were involved in the loading of a passenger ferry, Clann Na nOilean, onto a large ocean-going freight carrier in the harbour.

A sling, which was being used to lift the ferry onto the cargo ship, snapped and the ferry fell 12 metres (40ft) into the water.

The three men were treated at the scene before being taken to hospital by ambulance. Their injuries are said to not be life threatening.

Galway Harbour Master Brian Sheridan said the Harbour Board is trying to establish why the three local men were on board the passenger ferry when it was being loaded onto the cargo ship.

It is routine practice for them to have left the boat before the lift began, he said.

The Health and Safety Authority has begun an investigation into the incident.

All further work on the removal of two passenger ferries at the docks has now been suspended.

RTE Story and Video.

Doolin Ferry Wars.

It seems that tensions have reached the courts again in the Doolin Ferry war that saw ferry operators Bill and Kevin O’Brien jailed for breaches of a circuit court order.
In the circuit court at Ennis yesterday Councel for Aran Islands Fast Ferries claimed that the company had been “intimidated out of business”.

Councel for Doolin Ferries, Bill O’Brien, Kevin O’Brien and Pat Whyms totally rejected the claims. Aran Islands Fast Ferries are seeking to have Bill and Kevin O’Brien brought before the court to explain why they should not be jailed for their alleged contempt of the 2004 court order. The judge adjourned the case to July 20th

Interesting times ahead.

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