Grounded cargo ship refloated
Published 01/04/2011 | 12:51
A 7,000-tonne cargo vessel which ran aground off Connemara has been successfully refloated.
The German-owned Pantanal is believed to have dragged its anchor in heavy seas while waiting to collect two small passenger ferries at Rossaveal harbour.
There were no reports of oil or fuel spillages.
Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, praised all agencies involved in the operation in very challenging conditions.
"Having visited Rossaveal yesterday evening and spoken to those involved, including the Harbour Master and the Coast Guard, the scale of the challenge was evident, involving such a large vessel carrying a substantial fuel load," he said.
"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."
The Marine Casualty Investigation Board is investigating the incident.
The Pantanal is now anchored off the north Clare coast where it is undergoing a detailed inspection.
The Irish Coast Guard said it would continue to monitor the ship.