Gangway closure at Rosslare Harbour following discovery of structural problems
FOOT passengers getting to and from Stena Line and some Irish Ferries services at Rosslare Harbour are being compelled to use a staircase and a shuttle bus service after problems were discovered in the gangway which had previously been in use.
The gangway, which is usually used on the Stena Europe and Oscar Wilde ships, has been closed for the forseeable future and may never re-open. Rosslare Port Captain Aidan Jameson said engineers discovered the problem with the gangway during a routine inspection.
'The engineers are looking at the structure at the moment,' he said, 'there have been significant accidents in the UK with gangways so we have to be ultra careful on this. Safety is the primary concern.'
According to Captain Jameson, the gangway will be gone for at least several months, with a possibility that it may not be reintroduced at all.
'We might choose to upgrade our bus system to the two ships instead of replacing the gangway,' he said.
With the number of foot passengers declining at the end of the summer holidays, Captain Jameson said the absence of the gangway has not caused any major issues.
'We just have to get through the rugby in a few weeks time,' he said.