Ferry fails safety check for second time

A passenger ferry which sails between the UK and Ireland has been detained for the second time in three months after failing a safety check, the ferry company said today.

A passenger ferry which sails between the UK and Ireland has been detained for the second time in three months after failing a safety check, the ferry company said today.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency refused permission for the Madeira-registered City of Cork to sail from Swansea for Cork on Tuesday night.

A spokesman for Swansea Cork Ferries, which operates the ferry, said that the Agency ‘‘raised issues arising from drills executed on board ship’’.

A company statement said: ‘‘Swansea Cork Ferries will ensure that any deficiencies raised by the MCA will be fully addressed by the ship’s owners to the satisfaction of the MCA and ourselves.

‘‘The ship’s owners have sourced training providers to deal with the issues that have been raised including the provision of a refresher course for qualified first aid personnel on board and we anticipate that the ship will sail from Swansea on Thursday night.

‘‘Swansea Cork Ferries apologises to its passengers for this disruption. We are extremely disappointed, as the ferry operator at this interruption in service.

‘‘The ship has been subject to regular inspections by the maritime authorities since the beginning of the season.

‘‘We welcome and fully endorse the stringent application of all regulations.’’

The City of Cork is the only ferry that travels between Swansea and Cork, and can carry 1,200 passengers.

About 250 passengers were on the ferry on Tuesday night when permission to set sail was denied.

A spokesman for the company said that they were all transferred to the Stena Line ferry in Fishguard.

In March the ferry was ground in dock for six days after it failed a mandatory inspection by the maritime agency.

That inspection found ‘‘a lack of preparedness as demonstrated in fire drills, full muster, abandon ship and damage control drill’’.

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