20 October 2022
Container vessel in trouble is brought to Waterford
The Cyprian container vessel CT Rotterdam encountered engine problems whilst off the southeast coast of Wexford yesterday afternoon (October 19th). The vessel is currently being towed by the Ocean Challenger to the Port of Waterford’s Belview Port Container Terminal facility. The vessel had been en route to Port of Rotterdam, having sailed from Dublin Port laden with a cargo of containers.
This afternoon (October 20th) our Pilot Boat crew will transfer senior pilot, Michael Griffin, onboard the CT Rotterdam to guide the vessel up river. A local tug, the Tramontane, operated by South East Tug Services will assist in the operation.
When asked about the operation, Harbour Master Captain Darren Doyle said, “This incident underlines the importance of the Port of Waterford’s facilities from a national strategic perspective. We were happy to be able to offer assistance to the vessel thus preventing a potentially higher-risk incident whilst also minimising disruption to the shipping supply chain”
Pictures courtesy of Port of Waterford staff: Shane Buckley and Capt. Ian Moriarty