Container ship runs aground near Ardnamurchan Point

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A CONTAINER ship carrying a cargo of paper has grounded near Ardnamurchan peninsula off the west coast.

The Lysblink Seaways was reported to have run aground at Kilchoan at about 2am.

Tugs are expected to be used to try to free the ship and a lifeboat is standing by at the scene. Picture: Contributed

Tugs are expected to be used to try to free the ship and a lifeboat is standing by at the scene. Picture: Contributed

None of the nine crew was hurt and the 120-metre ship is not believed to be in any danger.

Stornoway Coastguard said the vessel was unable to use the last high tide to free herself so a tug has been called to assist. The Tobarmoray RNLI Lifeboat is standing by at the scene in case its assistance is needed.

The 423ft-long vessel was bound from Belfast to Skogn in Norway when it ran aground.

The crew were remaining on board waiting for tugs to arrive at the scene.

There has been no report of pollution.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has tasked emergency towing vessel Heracles to sail to the scene from the Orkney area, while the vessel’s owners have appointed a salvage company and a commercial tug.

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