Tuesday 16th June 2015

Le JAMES JOYCE has sailed on trials leaving the MIDDLE DOCK at 0610 hrs this morning.

She has been undergoing trials all day and previous issues with propellor and generator have been remedied.

However an issue with the contractor supplied port engine cooling system has now to be repaired, and should take up to five days to remedy, before she finally sails to Ireland on  July the 2nd am tide.

The ship handles superbly under pilotage conditions, with plenty of power available, a good bowthruster, and excellent steering.

On her return tonight with one engine operating she continued to handle impeccably for the tight manoevring in the river. Assistance from the Lundy Puffin  during the 180 degree swing off the shipyard was used.

She was manned by an Irish Naval crew, but the Captain (Jerry Waller and Chief Engineer Steve Roberts both whom work on ms Oldenburg) were employed by the shipyard.