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.
The Aran Ferries story continues at Galway Docks.
Attempt to load the 2 most famous ferries in the world aborted yet again.
The story up to yesterday HERE.
Todays Story from Galway Bay Fm.
CRANE ALARM HALTS FERRY LOADING AT GALWAY DOCKS
April 16, 2011 – 5:18pm
CRANE ALARM HALTS FERRY LOADING AT GALWAY DOCKS
The latest attempt to load two Aran Ferries onto a cargo ship at Galway Docks has been suspended once more.
The operation to transfer the ‘Clann Eagle 1’ ferry onto the deck of the ‘Thor Gitta’ Danish cargo ship was halted shortly after 2 o’clock this afternoon.
The ferry was lifted a short distance out of the water but lowered back down again after a safety alarm on one of the cranes sounded.
The Captain of the ship took the decision to halt the operation and sent technicians out to examine the cranes.
Mariners and divers had been working since 7 o’clock this morning to fit the slings around and under the boats.
The Admiralty order arresting the ship was also lifted this afternoon and the ship is now free to sail out of port.
The ferries have been dogged by bad luck since the ‘MV Pantanal’ ran aground off Casla Bay over two weeks ago, and three men were injured on board the ‘Clann na nOileán’ ferry last week.
Galway Harbour Master Brian Sheridan says it’s now going to be Monday at the earliest before the next attempt will be made to move the two Aran Ferries onto the ‘Thor Gitta’.
Meanwhile the original cargo ship which was meant to transport the two ferries, the ‘MV Pantanal’, sailed out of Galway Bay at 3 o’clock this afternoon.
The Marine Survey Office agreed to allow it leave Irish Waters after an investigation into why it ran aground in Casla Bay over two weeks ago was completed.
It’s bound for drydock in Bremerhaven in Germany for repairs and will reach there next Wednesday.
Galway Bay FM.
New twist to Aran ferry saga as ship is arrested in Galway.
Will these 2 Aran Islands Ferries ever leave Galway. The saga continues.
Detention of 7,000 tonne vessel ordered by Irish Admiralty Marshal
BY CIARAN TIERNEY in the Galway City Tribune.
The saga over the transfer of two former Aran islands ferries to a new owner in Mauritius took a new twist yesterday when the large Danish cargo ship which is due to collect them was arrested at Galway Harbour.
An order from the Irish Admiralty Marshal, Paula Healy, for the detention of the Thor Gitta effectively means that the Danish registered cargo ship cannot leave the docks with the Clann na nOileain and Clan Eagle 1 ferries on board.
The arrest, believed to be the first in 20 years at the port, is the equivalent of a High Court injunction and ensures that the multi-purpose 7,000 tonne ship will be unable to leave Irish waters pending the payment of a bond to the Irish authorities.
A complaint was received by the Admiralty Marshal at the High Court in Dublin and Ms Healy proceeded with the arrest warrant which was issued to the ship’s captain when staff from the Revenue Commissioners boarded the vessel at lunchtime yesterday.
A watchman presented the arrest order to the ship’s master and a ‘keeper’ from Revenue is set to maintain a presence on the boat over the weekend.
The detention of the ship comes a week after an accident in which three men were injured when one of the ferries, Clann na nOileain, plunged into the docks from a height of about 12 metres (40 feet) after a cable snapped on one of the cargo ship’s two 60 metre high cranes.
See the story on the fall with video and pictures.
That accident occurred a week after another huge cargo ship, the German registered Pantanal, ran aground on rocks near Rossaveal after it was also deployed to pick up the two ferries. Throughout the past week, the Pantanal has been moored off Mutton Island as a team of welders have repaired the damage caused to the vessel.
Although a new cable has been sourced from the Netherlands for the Thor Gitta this week, yesterday’s arrest means that all three vessels will be left sitting in Galway Harbour over the weekend while the Pantanal continues to sit out in the bay.
The Galway City Tribune.