A MAJOR operation got under way at Duncannon on Monday to refloat a massive container ship which ran aground in the early hours of the morning.
The 'Samskip Endeavour' cargo boat got stuck on a sandbank around 1 a.m. while en route to Waterford Harbour.
Fully laden with cargo, the vessel, flying a Cypriot flag, came to an abrupt halt while sailing through the estuary.
A tugboat was dispatched to the scene, arriving around 10 a.m. yesterday where it surveyed the area and encircled the vessel a number of times before a line was finally connected up to the stern of the ship on the starboard side.
The tug 'Bargarth' successfully dragged the massive cargo ship into the deeper waters of the shipping lane just before 11 a.m., allowing the 'Samskip Endeavour' to continue on its journey.
According to a spokesperson for the Waterford Harbour Board, there was no damage caused to the ship.
The Coastguard was also in attendance and dispatched their helicopter to survey the area to monitor for possible pollution arising from the incident.
'There was no impact on the environment whatsoever,' said a Coastguard spokesperson.