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Ben my Chree berth repairs completed

20th May, 2013

Following the collision of the Steam Packet vessel Ben-my-Chree with the King Edward Pier Linkspan on Wednesday 1st May, it has been announced that repairs are almost complete to the harbour facility.

The pile and fender on King Edward Pier’s Number 5 berth, damaged when the Ben-my-Chree collided with it earlier this month, have been removed by the workers from the Department of Infrastructure.

Number 5 is the Ben’s usual berth but following the incident on May 1 she had to use Victoria Pier while the damage was assessed.

It had been hoped that the pile could be lifted out but it proved to be too heavy. As a result, it was left safely alongside the pier so that Ben-my-Chree could resume use of the berth at 5.45am on Thursday, May 9. There were no difficulties experienced and the Ben sailed again later that morning as normal.

The vessel suffered damage above the water line but that was quickly repaired and the vessel re-entered service following inspection by safety officials.

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