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Séamus O Drisceoil
|Relief Arrangements, Cape Clear Island Ferry Service – Dún Aengus
Many of our local customers are aware by now that we have decided to retain the Dún Aengus as a long term relief vessel for Oileán Chléire. Together with the Cailin Óir and Dún an Óir II this brings to three the vessels available to the Company to be deployed according to the public service contract as required.
The Dún Aengus has a class 2A certificate and is therefore a viable relief vessel at any time of year and the new arrangements mean that that she will remain in Baltimore where she shall be available at short notice if required. Up to now the various Class 2A nominated relief vessel in the Island service have been located elsewhere and this would mean a delay in mobilisation in the event of a relief event depending on weather conditions. We consider that maintaining a class 2A vessel in Baltimore throughout the year offers considerable and obvious advantage to the service.
The company also hopes to retain the Cailín Óir so that this can be continue to be available as the substitute ferry during the planned survey every year.
We continue to enjoy close cooperation with Sherkin Ferry Service and this will see the Dún Aengus deployed to the advantage of both services in the years to come.
With the completion of the annual survey of the Dún Aengus, presently underway this brings to five the various surveys undergone by various vessels since the beginning of the year, including three annual surveys. This has been extremely challenging and has entailed a great deal of unrelenting hard work and effort by all concerned. We are extremely grateful to all who assisted in these endeavours and thank our customers for their forbearance. We are grateful for all the very useful recommendations coming from our service users and look forward to implementing as many of these as possible in the months and years to come.
Séamus Ó Drisceoil,