There has been yet another setback to the ongoing efforts in Galway Harbour to load a passenger ferry onto the deck of a large cargo ship which is to take it to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.

The ferry, which used to serve the Aran Islands, was repossessed by a bank and sold to a French company.

It was to have been loaded onto freighter today but the operation has now been postponed until tomorrow.

The operation which is now in its fourth week has been hit by a series of accidents and delays.
The operation was scheduled to get under way at 9am but this was then put back until 4pm, before being delayed again until tomorrow.

The reason for today’s delay was put down to it taking longer than anticipated to move other cargo from the deck of the boat to accommodate the second passenger ferry.

The ferry, Clann Eagle, is to be transported to the island of Mauritius.

Sister ferry Clann na nOilean was successfully hoisted onto the deck of the Thor Gitta yesterday.