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Ferries probe over port collision

INVESTIGATIONS have been launched after two ferries collided in Rosslare Harbour.

A Stena Line ship is understood to have struck an Irish Ferries vessel while docking at the busy port at around 7pm last night. No one was injured in the collision.

The Stena Line ferry was carrying 474 passengers and 71 crew members when the incident took place.

It had set sail from Fishguard in Wales earlier in the evening.

Stena Line and Irish Ferries have launched separate investigations into the collision.

The Herald understands that the Stena Line vessel was preparing to dock when it struck the bow of the Irish ferries MV Oscar Wilde, which was docked at the time.







Cancelled

The Stena Line vessel was steered back out of the harbour where a decision was taken to anchor it.

The ferry itself did not dock until after 9pm last night -- three hours later than scheduled.

Stena Line said it was forced to cancel its 9pm Stena Europe sailing from Rosslare to Fishguard.

A Stena Line spokesperson said: "Last night's Stena Europe sailing was cancelled and all outgoing passenger were transferred to Irish Ferries."

An Irish Ferries spokesman said: "Following an inspection our ship was deemed fully safe to sail."

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