Work to begin on pumping fuel from container ship

The Lysblink Seaways cargo ship. Picture: Hemedia
The Lysblink Seaways cargo ship. Picture: Hemedia
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AN operation to pump more than 150 tons of fuel from a cargo ship which ran aground is expected to begin today.

The Lysblink Seaways got into difficulty a week ago off Kilchoan, near Ardnamurchan Point in the Highlands.

It refloated of its own accord on Thursday night and was subsequently anchored in nearby Mingary Bay.

Anti-pollution measures and a temporary exclusion zone were put in place around the ship after a small amount of diesel leaked from the vessel, following the incident.

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency said work to remove the fuel from the ship is expected to begin today, as the area sees improved weather conditions.

A total of 153 tons of fuel will be pumped from the Lysblink Seaways on to the tug Kingdom of Fife during the operation.

Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State’s representative for maritime salvage and intervention said: “The wind is expected to moderate which means there is an opportunity to carry out this work.

“The emergency pumping operation will only begin when we are satisfied it is safe to do so and we will be monitoring it continuously.”

The 394ft vessel carrying paper products was travelling from Belfast to Skogn in Norway when it ran aground. None of the nine people on board was injured in the incident.

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