Ireland-France ferry to undergo safety audit

22nd December 2005, Comments 0 comments

DUBLIN, Dec 22 (AFP) - The Ireland-France ferry Normandy is to undergo a full safety audit on Thursday following its detention by Irish inspectors, a spokesman for Irish Ferries said.

DUBLIN, Dec 22 (AFP) - The Ireland-France ferry Normandy is to undergo a full safety audit on Thursday following its detention by Irish inspectors, a spokesman for Irish Ferries said.

Almost 700 passengers who had been due to sail to Cherbourg from the Rosslare ferryport in the southeast of Ireland are travelling through Britain after they were switched to a ferry operating from Wales.

Other arrangements are also being made for passengers due to sail from France before Christmas on the Normandy.

The inspectors from the ministry of communications, marine and natural resources, raised questions about safety when they made an unannounced inspection of the Normandy on Wednesday.

Irish Ferries' marketing director, Tony Kelly, said the inspectors were "not happy" with repair work on an extractor fan.

"Their request was for an audit of all the procedures related to that kind of work and indeed any other issues on board they required to examine."

He said the company hoped to meet the marine ministry's requirements by Friday.

Irish Ferries was at the centre of a bitter three-week dispute surrounding its three Ireland-Britain ferries earlier in the month.

Unions strongly opposed the company's plan to replace Irish crews on the Irish Sea vessels with cheaper foreign crews and to re-register the vessel under the flag of Cyprus.

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