Lybslink Seaways containership towed to safety

London: A containership that had been refloated after being stranded off the western coast of Scotland has been towed to a more sheltered position.

The DFDS Seaways vessel Lybslink Seaways (160 teu, built 2000) was moved on February 25 and is now anchored in Scallastle Bay in the Sound of Mull, 17 miles away from its former position in Mingary Bay, near Kilchoan Pier.

The vessel was towed further out to sea to prevent the vessel from running aground again after high winds on Sunday caused the ship to drag its anchor in Mingary Bay. More bad weather is forecast in the coming days.

Earlier this week, fuel oil was removed from the stricken vessel via a ship-to-ship transfer.

A 55-tonne bollard pull tug Luca, operated by Gesmar, has arrived from Norway to tow the ship to Liverpool for repair once the weather improves.

The boxship refloated on a high tide on February 19 from where it originally ran aground.

The Lybslink Seaways ran aground on February 18 while carrying a cargo of paper waste from Belfast to Skogn, Norway.




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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