SOURCES at Limerick Port were confident this Monday that a ship which ran aground after leaving the docks on Sunday night would be relaunched this Monday lunchtime.
The general cargo vessel Nestor was relaunched by a tug boat at high tide on Monday morning after spending the night stuck on mud between Limerick Port and Barringtons Pier.
Shannon Foynes harbour master Michael Kennelly said there had been no environmental damage arising from the grounding on Sunday night, which occurred shortly after the Nestor left Limerick for Portugal with a load of scrap metal at 10pm.
“After exiting the dock the vessel ran aground on a mudbank at approximately 2230hrs. The duty harbour master immediately mobilised the Shannon Foynes Port Company multi-purpose workboat, the Multicat Shannon 1 to try re-float the vessel but this proved unsuccessful due to an ebb tide,” Mr Kennelly stated.
“The tug boat Celtic Rebel was deployed from Foynes to assist and the Nestor was successfully re-floated at approximately 11am (Monday) and made her way downriver to Foynes. There is no apparent damage and no environmental impact, though the vessel will be assessed by at Foynes by Port State Control. Pending clearance, it expected to sail for Barreiro (Portugal) tomorrow.
“Shannon Foynes Port Company will fully examine the area where the ship ran aground to determine if any additional siltation has occurred and, if necessary, remedial action will be taken,” Mr Kennelly said.