Inishmore thruster repairs in record time

Thursday 31 May 2007

Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries has just completed complex repairs on the 34,000-gross tonne passenger, vessel, the Isle of Inishmore in only two days.

Damage to the thruster was discovered and the unit was removed in January when the Irish-Ferries-owned vessel was inspected by the yard’s engineers during a routine docking. As soon as the unit had been repaired by the manufacturer the vessel was brought back to Belfast for its re-installation.

David McVeigh of Harland and Wolff says while the job was small it was significant in that the vessel could only afford to be taken out of service for a very short period.

“Time is critical to passenger and commercial vehicle ferry operators and we are in a position to reduce the amount of time needed to complete essential work,” says Mr McVeigh.

The Isle of Inishmore can sail at cruising speeds of more than 21 knots and the thrusters are used to help steer the 185-metre long ship when docking.
It can accommodate 856 cars and 2,200 passengers.

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