Divers inspect refloated cargo ship
Published 02/04/2011 | 05:00
THE cargo ship that ran aground off the Galway coast in a storm on Thursday morning was yesterday being inspected for damage after it was successfully refloated.
The 120-metre Pantanal was refloated on a high tide around 5am yesterday morning after going on to the rocks close to Rossveal Harbour in south Connemara.
Marine Minister Simon Coveney paid tribute to all involved in the successful operation but remained critical of the ship's officers.
"There was a very real threat to the marine environment and it is a testament to the professionalism of all those involved that such a threat was averted," Mr Coveney added.
Mr Coveney said he was glad to see the "professionalism and competence of all the agencies involved, including the Rossaveal Harbour Master and his staff, the Irish Coast Guard, An Garda Siochana and Galway County Council".
He also praised representatives of the stricken ship for their help in resolving the issue.
The 7,000-tonne vessel was taken to a sheltered area in the south of Galway Bay for inspection by divers. When the inspection is completed, it will be taken to dry dock.