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Stranded ferry released
The 'Norbay' left Liverpool in the night of April 21 at 11.40 p.m. after four days stranded in Seaforth following the bust-up which left crucial supplies in limbo. Top level talks have been ongoing since April 9 following a dispute with Peel Ports, who own and administer the dock facilities of the Port of Liverpool, and who demanded a cheque for nearly £600,000 of what they claimed were outstanding fees. P&O disagreed with that figure, believed it was two thirds that amount, and asked for flexibility to pay the bill at a time when they are losing many tens of thousands pounds a day in revenue due to the global pandemic lockdown. The shipping company also added that their key contact at The Mersey Docks and Harbour Company had been furloughed without their knowledge, interrupting their communications. Now, an agreement has been reached, allowing the 'Norbay' to set sail within the next few hours. The argument sparked anger as P&O were transporting food, medicines and other goods back and forth between Dublin and Merseyside to be supplied to the city and also the north of England. Over the weekend, the impasse deepened with two more ferries also stranded at Dublin Port amid the ongoing stand-off between the company and the Port of Liverpool. On the other side of the Irish Sea, two freight ferries - one owned by P&O and the other chartered by the company - were also unable to set sail for Liverpool because of the row. As the company hastily tried to pursue alternatives, the 'Norbank' was seen on Sunday undertaking berthing trials at the Port of Mostyn in Flintshire. The row was escalated to government circles in Ireland, with a senior official in the Department of the Taoiseach in Dublin saying if the dispute became protracted it could have implications for the supply chain in Ireland. Peel Ports were expected to release their statement shortly.
Ferry impounded in Liverpool
The 'Norbay' has been impounded by port authorities in Liverpool on April 16, 2020, for a dispute which centres around the payment of €689,000 in fees to Peel Ports, owners of Mersey Docks and the Harbour Company Limited. The 'Norbank' was loaded and ready to sail from Dublin for a passage to Liverpool, but was later stood down and its cargo taken off. Volumes of freight have declined in recent weeks in line with coronavirus restrictions in Ireland, Britain and Europe, from where goods are sourced for Ireland. In a statement P&O said it had been in discussions since the crisis began with the owners of all of the ports it used to ensure that they can manage payments while everyone deals with this unprecedented situation. The ferry company siad it had asked for flexibility in terms of time to pay, but the Liverpool Port refused to respond even though they were committing to full payment. P&O said the irresponsible and unnecessary actions of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company Limited at a time of national crisis have closed an essential Dublin-Liverpool supply route, which meant vital goods will not be able to flow between the UK, Ireland and Europe. Hauliers were fearful that the absence of P&O even for a short time would affect their capacity to travel through Liverpool. Most of the Seatruck business on the route is for trailers, as opposed to drive-on and drive-off. Many drive-on and driver-off hauliers prefer to take the Liverpool route as they start early in the morning in Liverpool with a fresh driver and a fresh tachograph.
Medevac after fall on board in Irish Sea
A passenger of the "Norbay" was airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, after falling on board ship and suffering head and facial injuries. The man fell as the ferry was making its way from Dublin to Liverpool in force eight gale winds on Nov 3, 2013. The rescue helicopter from RAF Valley was called in and the man was flown to hospital shortly after 05:00 a.m. The Holyhead coastguard dealt with the call.News schreiben