It's plain sailing from here on, says Ferry chief

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

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THE Chief Executive of the Scenic Carlingford Ferry has expressed her satisfaction following the successful maiden voyage of the vessel.
Although delayed last Friday due to high winds, the ferry was able to make the journey from Greencastle to Greenore where it picked up passengers.
“It's an aspiration that's finally come to life," said Ms Pamela Houston.
“And it's just been such a great buzz over the weekend. We've been full all weekend, we're full today. The sun's shining, people are enjoying it. It's fantastic."
Speaking about the delay, Ms Houston explained that there had been a strong gale on Thursday night, and that the delay of around an hour to the scheduled 12 noon sailing was to ensure that those travelling on the ferry would be comfortable.
“It was a force eight gale, south easterly coming into the lough," she explained.
“We were waiting for the wind to settle down a wee bit."
Asked if she foresaw this being a problem for the vessel in the future, Ms Houston said: "No, she's very steady out in the wind but obviously it was our launch day and we wanted to make sure that everything was fine.
“So we did a check run and took her across, and she was grand. There was no issue there. We were trying to wait it out and see if it would calm down - just to make it pleasant for people on board as well."
A decent crowd of people turned out to see the ferry make its trip across the lough, and complimentary trips were laid on for those in attendance.
“We did four complimentary runs," said Ms Houston. "We did two complimentary runs from Greencastle over to Greenore, and we came back and did two complimentary runs from Greenore back to Greencastle, and then we went into service after that."
The cost of the trip is 12 one way for a car, which includes all the passengers, and 16 return. A purchase on line will get a 10 percent discount.
Quizzed about rumours surrounding the boat, which have included that it is too big and even that the ramp on the Greenore side has been built in the wrong place, Ms Houston responded: "There are all sorts of rumours flying around. She's as steady as a rock. The comments are: 'Oh my goodness, she's so steady you would hardly know you are out at sea at all.' So she's well fit for the job.
“The boys are having no difficulty docking now coming into Greenore at all. She's fine, she's docking all weekend. And we have big flood tides here today and this weekend, and there's no problem."


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