Massive operation under way to deliver crucial salt
Published 09/01/2010 | 05:00
A MASSIVE operation was under way late last night to unload a 4,000-tonne shipment of desperately needed rock salt and transport it around the country.
Work is to begin again at 6am this morning to assist some 17 local authorities whose supplies of salt have run critically low.
Up to 200 trucks are being used to transport the mammoth load of salt which arrived at Foynes Port in Limerick yesterday.
Earlier freezing fog had delayed the shipment from Teesport in England.
The cargo ship arrived in the Shannon Estuary at 3am yesterday -- but was forced to divert to Foynes after the weather conditions made it impossible to safely navigate further up the Shannon Estuary to Limerick Port.
Large craft travelling to Limerick on the estuary can only do so at high tide.
A procession of 200 trucks had then to reroute 40km down the N69 to begin taking consignments of the rock salt.
Unloading got under way at 2pm yesterday and continued until midnight.
Some 17 local authorities from Donegal to North Cork, whose road networks are all under severe pressure, had trucks on the quays yesterday.