Friday, April 8, 2011

More Heavy Lift Problems As Ferry Crashes Into Harbour Injuring Three

Curse of the Clann Na nOilean continues
Shipping News Feature

IRELAND – A week ago we wrote of the unfortunate case of the MV Pantanal, the heavy lift vessel which grounded in Cashla Bay, Connemara, County Galway after a particularly low neap tide whilst she was en route to freight two ferries for Mauritius which had been sold by auction.

It seems the project was doomed to failure from the start as, following the withdrawal of the Pantanal from the picture for repairs to her hull, another vessel the Thor Gitta was drafted in as a replacement. Yesterday one of the passenger ferries, sold after a receivership, was being hoisted aboard the 5,000 tonne freighter belonging to Danish company Thor Rederi A/S when one of the cargo slings snapped causing the ferry to crash stern first back into Galway Harbour.

Incredibly there were three men aboard the Clann Na nOilean whilst she was being hoisted, all survived the forty foot drop but received head and other injuries causing them to be hospitalised. Now removal of the Clann Na nOilean and her sister ship Clan Eagle 1 has been postponed pending an enquiry by the Health and Safety Executive. It seems the two nearly new vessels will have to wait a little longer before their trip to sunnier climes.

A video from RTE showing the incident an be viewed HERE.