Deo Volente Container Ship
Tuesday the 19th June saw the arrival of the first container ship into Galway as part of the logistic planning for the Volvo Ocean Race Grand Finale. The Dutch Registered Deo Volente arrived into the city’s port to the a great Galway reception as the citizens arrived to the quays to watch the vessel manoeuvre in the tidal basin.
The unloading operation was complete in 6 hours and the ship sailed at 06:30 on route to Rotterdam to pick up a cargo bound for the St. Lawrence Seaway. The vessels cargo was almost the entire race village which is a travelling show that traverses the globe as part of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. It provided a “new challenge for Galway Harbour in handling containers” said Harbour Master Captain Brian Sheridan and I am delighted that the operation went better than anticipated.
The Volvo Ocean Race Grand Finale in Galway runs from the 30th June to the 8th July 2012. Log onto www.volvooceanracegalway.com for full details of events.