- MV Kaami due to stormy weather, ran aground and got stuck on rocks.
- 8 crew members were rescued after it got into difficulty the same day and the remains stuck.
- Weather should improve to use a boom to capture and recover any pollution around the vessel.
- Officials said that given current sea conditions in the Minch, any hydrocarbons are likely to disperse and break up long before reaching the shore.
Cargo vessel ran aground on rocks about six miles north-west of Skye in stormy weather, reports News Stv.
The Bahamas-registered MV Kaami, in stormy weather, ran aground and got stuck on rocks about six miles north-west of Skye at around 1.50 am on 23 Mar 2020.
The vessel was carrying a cargo of pelletised refuse-derived fuel. 8 crew members were rescued after it got into difficulty the same day.
Rescue and investigation
Salvage experts are to assess a cargo vessel which ran aground on rocks.
The eight Russian crew were airlifted to safety by the Stornoway coastguard helicopter. Portree lifeboat, a coastguard tug and the Northern Lighthouse Board vessel Pharos also took part in the rescue.
8 people winched to safety by @HMCoastguard search and rescue helicopter from a cargo vessel which had ran aground early yesterday morning. #AllSafe #AlwaysOnCall
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— Maritime and Coastguard Agency (@MCA_media) March 24, 2020
Any pollution reported?
Only when the weather improves, it will be possible to use a boom to capture and recover any pollution around the vessel.
But officials said that given current sea conditions in the Minch, any hydrocarbons are likely to disperse and break up long before reaching the shore.
Situation being monitored
Salvage experts are expected to inspect the vessel on Wednesday afternoon. According to the Highland Council the MV Kaami vessel that ran aground six nautical miles north-west of Duntulm on Skye on Monday remains on the rocks.
The SOSREP (Secretary of State’s Representative) has been informed and is advising on the response, which is being led by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
“The Highland Council is monitoring the situation and preparing for a shoreline response if this is necessary in the coming days.”
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Source: News Stv