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Stranded DFDS Seaways boxship refloated

London: The stranded containership Lybslink Seaways has been refloated from where it ran aground off the west coast of Scotland.

The vessel was refloated on the high tide on Thursday night and is now reported to be anchored in the Sound of Mull, close to Kilchoan, where it ran ground at 2am on Wednesday night.

The vessel has been reported to be leaking a small amount of diesel oil, which is being investigated. Earlier reports said anti-pollution equipped would be deployed at the scene.

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) says it has put a 100-metre temporary exclusion zone around the vessel.

Briggs Marine, based on the nearby river Clyde, has supplied two towing vessels – Forth Jouster and Kingdom of Fife – to assist with the salvage operation.

A team from a Dutch salvage company has boarded the boxship to look for damage to the ship.

Nine crewmembers were onboard the vessel when it grounded, none of whom are reported to have been injured.

 

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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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