Lysblink Seaways Tow Expected Wednesday

Mike Schuler
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March 3, 2015

The MV Lysblink Seaways aground in Kilchoan, Scotland. Photo courtesy RNLI

The MV Lysblink Seaways is expected to be towed to a repair facility in Greenock, Scotland as early as Wednesday where it will undergo repairs to fix damage from its grounding along the west coast of Scotland on February 18th.

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency reports that the owners of the Lysblink Seaways have confirmed that the vessel will be towed to Inchgreen, located in Greenock on the Firth of Clyde.

A voyage plan is currently being finalized and, weather permitting, the tow could commence on Wednesday.

A Svitzer Salvage team has remained on board and is continuing with preparations for the tow. The vessel is at anchor in Scallastsle Bay in the Sound of Mull and will remain there until the tow is given the green light. The final approval will be made by Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State’s representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention, the MCA reports.

The DFDS cargo ship MV Lysblink Seaways ran aground in Kilchoan, located on Scotland’s Ardnamurchan Peninsula, on February 18, causing the ship to leak an unspecified amount of oil. The vessel refloated about a day later and was towed to nearby anchorage, where the Svitzer Salvage team worked to remove all fuel oil from the vessel.

A Scottish Environment Group continues to monitor the project and has supported the salvage work being done, the MCA reports.

A temporary exclusion zone of 100 meters remains in place around the vessel.

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