The DFDS vessel, the Lysblink Seaways, has leaked more oil after running aground at Kilchoan in the early hours of Wednesday 18 February.
According to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), after discussing the Secretary of State’s representative (SOSREP) Hugh Shaw, the MCA Counter-Pollution has used an absorbent boom to cope with the oil leak from the starboard side of the vessel.
Better weather has enabled salvage vessels to use equipment more easily. Briggs Marine vessels including the Forth Jouster and Kingdom of Fife are on the scene and supporting the salvage operation.
A Svitzer Salvage team is on board the vessel conducting a detailed damage assessment. A temporary exclusion zone of 100 metres has been established around the vessel.
It is expected that initial findings and salvage operations will be reported to the SOSREP and the wider Salvage Control Unit, later in the afternoon.