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Repairs will take longer
The repair of the steering gear of the "Pont-Aven" which is docked at Damen Shipyard in Brest since May 17, will take longer than expected. The ferry will remain at repair pier 4 until June 7. The sailings between Plymouth, Cork and Santander were canceled and passengers who had booked their trip to sail on another ferry from another port. Already after the fire on April 29, one of the four engines was immobilized pending a more complete overhaul in early 2020.
Ferry suffered stearing gear issues
The "Pont Aven" berthed at the CIBB Shipyard in Brest again on May 18 at 8.30 a.m. after encountering a hydraulic problem with one of Pthe two steering gear systems during manoeuvres in the morning of May 17 in the port of Roscoff, following her overnight crossing from Plymouth which departed on the evening of May 16. In Roscoff all passengers disembarked safely and on schedule. As a consequence of reduced steering capacity in one of two steering systems the ferry was not able to complete her rotation from Roscoff to Cork and will be available for scheduled services between the UK and Spain only next week. The "Pont-Aven"’s engineers were alerted to low oil pressure in the starboard steering gear. An oil leak was identified which caused the pressure loss and a reduction in steering capacity. After in-depth investigationss the "Pont-Aven" sailed under her own steam to Brest for repairs to the affected steering system The previous engine problem, which reduced the ship’s speed from 24 knots to 20 knots, was unrelated to the current steering gear issue. The Brittany Ferries’ vessel "Armorique" was be reassigned to the Roscoff-Cork route during the weekend.
Ferry returns to service after fire
The "Pont-Aven" resumed sailing on May 14, with three out of four engines. The ship had left Brest on May 13 at 4.25 p.m. and berthed in Plymouth for the first time on May 14 at 9 a.m. Its speed was actually being reduced from 24 to 20 knots, but the rotations will be maintained with all safety regulations met. Adjustments were planned to offset the slowdown. The departures from Portsmouth will now be from Plymouth, 200 kilometers further west. The company will have to wait several months to replace the fourth engine, which was out of service since the fire. An investigation was underway to find out the causes of the incident. A report will be published by the French Government Maritime Accident Investigation Bureau (BEA MER) in the forthcoming months.News schreiben