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Repairs expert on way after passengers spend two nights on broken-down ferry

A fault with the ferry’s radar led to the issue – some passengers remained on board the ferry.

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PASSENGERS HAD TO spend the night on board an Irish Ferries ferry in France after a technical fault.

Now an expert is on the way to the ferry and it is hoped repairs can begin this afternoon.

While the majority of the 1,000 passengers have been accomodated with other arrangements, there is still a small contingent who elected to stay on board the broken-down Oscar Wilde for a second night last night.

A spokesperson for Irish Ferries said that “the big question for us today is really to affect the repairs on the ship and get it back into service”.

It is expected that the repairs work will begin some time towards the middle of the day.

The reason for the wait is that the part that broke was a component within the radar system. “The first challenge we had was to source a replacement part,” said the spokesperson. “That’s been done and it is certainly on the way to the ship.”

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The issue with the radar part was complex and not one that the crew could fix themselves.

“We had to get the engineer who could come and do the work,” said the spokesperson.

Our outline now is that work will commence on repairing the ship sometime around about the middle of the day and that we’ll see later on in the day what progress we’re making. We obviously would like to see it all finished and ready this evening.

Irish Ferries has a scheduled sailing tonight from Cherbourg that the company is aiming to make.

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