A Spanish cargo vessel that was involved in an incident in Killybegs almost two weeks ago when a serious pollution disaster was averted after it lost power at sea, left the harbour town this morning to return to Spain.
The incident highlighted how the harbour is without a full-time tug boat service. A local marine company was praised for its role in using their company pilot boat to bring the stricken freezer vessel ‘Aldan’, which was laden with 400 tonnes of fuel, under control.
This morning ‘Aldan’ began its estimated six day journey home to Vigo in Spain for repair.
It was brought from the harbour with the assistance of the Spanish tug boat ‘Sella’, which sailed from Gijon and local tug boat ‘Nomad’, from Sinbad Marine Services, who’s staff and pilot boat assisted the stricken vessel to safety last week.
The ‘Aldan’ lost power in stormy seas shortly after leaving Killybegs just over a week ago.
It is expected to arrive in the Spanish port town next Monday.
The incident prompted the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation to call on the Department of the Marine and Donegal County Council to intervene saying the port could not work without a full time tug boat service.