Cargo ship rescued after losing power off Orkney Islands

Cargo ship rescued after losing power off Orkney Islands

A palletised cargo ship that lost power while underway off the Orkney Islands is under tow to port, where it will undergo repair work.

The Barbados-flagged Skog, which is owned and operated by Norway’s Lorentzens Skibs, made a call to the Shetland Coastguard at 03:10hrs today, reporting it had lost engine power and was taking on water.

Shetland Coastguard sent its rescue helicopter, which transferred pumps to the Skog. The Stromness and Kirkwall RNLI all-weather lifeboats also attended the scene.

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) emergency towing vessel ETV Herakles (pictured) is now towing the vessel to port, shadowed by the stand-by vessel Vos Hera. The port has yet to be announced.

The ten crew members are reportedly unharmed and remain onboard the 99-metre-long vessel, which is carrying a cargo of paper.

AIS data shows the vessel called at Clydeport in Scotland on Monday, and is currently 6.5 nautical miles east-north-east from the island of Papa Westray, Orkney. Sea conditions on scene are reportedly moderate to rough.

Video: Courtesy of UK MCA.

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.

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