Cargo Ship Under Rescue Operation


Adrift Cargo Ship Under Rescue Operation Off Orkney


Incident: Vessel Adrift
Date: 24th November 2015
Location: Off Orkney
Casualties/Pollution: Nil

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency confirmed that on Tuesday morning, the Barbados- flagged ship with a cargo of paper was adrift without engine power and started taking in water.  Immediately, the Coast Guard dispatched a rescue helicopter along with two RNLI lifeboats – Stromness and Kirkwall.

ETV Herakles, Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s emergency towing vessel, was sent to the scene.  The Skog has taken a tow line from the ETV Herakles and is being taken to Kirkwall Harbour for repairs.

Coastguard spokesman said: “The Barbados registered cargo vessel Skog, which was drifting off Orkney due to engine problems, is now under tow.  After the vessel had reported that it was drifting without engine power and taking in water this morning, Shetland Coastguard sent the Coastguard rescue helicopter to the scene and requested the Stromness and Kirkwall RNLI all weather lifeboats.”

“The Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s emergency towing vessel, Herakles was also sent to assist the vessel and an oil industry standby vessel Vos Hera also attended.”

The reports state that the ten crew members remain on board the Skog and pumps have transferred to the cargo ship.  According to the reports, the Skog was in a position of 6.5 nautical miles east, northeast of the Island of Papa Westray in Orkney with conditions on the scene described as moderate to rough seas.

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Source: Orcadian