Tug to assist stranded heavy lift ship off Orkney Isles

Tug to assist stranded heavy lift ship off Orkney Isles

Athens: The Shetland Islands’ coastguard has dispatched a tug to assist a heavy lift ship stranded 160 miles off Scotland’s Orkney Islands.

Either the vessel’s turbocharger or main engine has failed, which engineers onboard the ship are now trying to fix, the Shetland Coastguard told Splash today.

The emergency tug Herakles is on its way to meet the stranded vessel and will assist if necessary. It should meet the vessel at around midnight (GMT) tonight, the coastguard said.

The heavy lift vessel Industrial Kennedy (7,900 dwt, built 2011), which is owned by Germany’s Concord Shipping, was on its way from Gibraltar to Norway with a cargo of steel pipes.

Reports say Concord Shipping is trying to charter a commercial tug to take the Industrial Kennedy under tow.

Thirteen crew are onboard.

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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