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Missing equipment arrives meaning launch ‘ferry’ close

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

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IT looks likely that the Greencastle- Greenore ferry will set sail to passengers for the first time this week.

The long-awaited ferry was primed for its official maiden voyage in June, however, due to a delay with bespoke navigational aids being delivered and installed it was put on hold.

According to a post on Scenic Carlingford Ferry Facebook page an update was expected yesterday evening (Monday) about its maiden voyage that was being worked towards sailing from mid-to-late of this week.

The post anticipated all final elements will be in place over the next few days with the bespoke navigational lights arriving and being installed earlier this month.

According to an earlier post specialist fenders in Greencastle and Greenore were also put in place.

The same post reinforced that the anticipated maiden passenger voyage will still depend upon final inspections from the regulatory bodies.

Giving a recent update, Chief Executive Pamela Houston said not until the navigational aids are in place, can the captains then be tested and certified for the very specific class that is the car ferry, and specifically for operation on Carlingford Lough.

She said the delay was used effectively by captains and crew to operate the ferry without passengers and getting to better know the tides, currents and perfecting its passage and approaches.

The new car and passenger ferry service will cross the iconic Carlingford Lough from Greencastle to Greenore, Co Louth, running every hour, every day of the week from 7am to 9.30pm.

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