The cargo ship Lysblink Seaways has been extricated from a precarious position in Ardnamurchan Peninsula where it had run aground, according to an article in Herald Scotland. This vessel, which was attempting to sail to Norway, became stuck for the second time in a week, the first being last Wednesday. Winds had led the Seaways to move more slowly than usual, and two tugboats were dispatched to help dislodge it.
Although it was successfully removed from the area it beached on, the cargo vessel still suffered some damage to one of its fuel tanks. The fuel in this tank is being transferred out to avoid leaking and causing environmental damage.
As of February 23, the ship was in a stable position in Mingary Bay, where crews were waiting for favorable weather so they could repair the ruptured fuel tank and eventually transfer its contents to the other tank onboard.
A unnamed spokeswoman from the Maritime Coastguard Agency described the way the operation is expected to proceed. Presently, the weather in the area could continue to be windy through the end of Tuesday.
"No oil sheen has been reported today and salvage work has been progressing well," she said. "Salvors are making final preparatory for the transfer of fuel oil from the damaged tank to other internal tanks on board the vessel." She added that "this work will need to be completed before the vessel can be towed away from the area for repair."
Weather damage requires an appropriate course of action. Companies managing impressive fleets benefit from comprehensive boat insurance policies. In cases of extreme damage to fuel tanks and other sensitive sections of the craft, proper procedure needs to be followed to determine responsibility.