Update: Lysblink Seaways self-floated but still leaking oil

The DFDS vessel is being monitored closely by the Secretary of State’s Representative for Salvage and Intervention as the ship continues to spill oil
Update: Lysblink Seaways self-floated but still leaking oil

Just after 9pm on Thursday 19 February Lysblink Seaways, a DFDS vessel that ran aground early on Wednesday 18 February, self-floated from the foreshore at Kilchoan.

The vessel is now anchored close to the location of the grounding. According to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Lysblink Seaways is stable but still leaking a small amount of oil.

Plans suggest that the absorbent boom will continue to be used to collect the oil.

The Secretary of State’s Representative for Salvage and Intervention (SOSREP) is working closely with all the organisations involved and is monitoring the situation.

SOSREP representative, Hugh Shaw said: "Anything that can be captured and removed to minimise damage to the environment, we will do."

The latest press release from MCA suggests that a lot of salvage work still needs to be done. It continues: “As a matter of urgency the dive inspection needs to be completed so that the full condition of the vessel is known. Equipment is still being brought to the site for the salvors but it is not easy to get to making travel time longer.

The weather is favourable for the work of the diving team today and it is hoped they will be able to complete the inspection.

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by Laura Stackhouse

readmt.com Editor

Laura Stackhouse is the Web Editor of readmt.com, an official publication of the International Marine Purchasing Association (IMPA). To discuss news, features or contributing to readmt.com please get in touch.

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