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Default LYSBLINK SEAWAYS, (DFDS) is to be scrapped locally after her grounding in Scotland


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April 21st, 2015 Holly Birkett Containers, Europe 0 comments
London: The DFDS Seaways containership that ran aground off Scotland in February is to be scrapped after repairs were deemed too expensive.
The Lysblink Seayways (160 teu, built 2000) will be demolished at DRB Marine Services at Rosneath on the river Clyde, local newspaper reports say.
The singledecker has been in the Inchgreen Drydock at Greenock since early March.
It ran aground on February 18 while carrying a cargo of paper waste from Belfast to Skogn, Norway.


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DFDS Seaways has confirmed that its 7,409 gt cargo vessel Lysblink Seaways, which grounded in northwest Scotland on 18 February, is to be recycled.
After passing through the Sound of Mull en route from Belfast to Skogn with a load of paper, the ship failed to make a course change and hit rocks near the village of Kilchoan. Local residents confirmed that the vessel had suffered considerable damage. The vessel was towed to Inchgreen Drydock in Greenock in the first week of March.
On Monday DFDS confirmed that the hull damage was too extensive to repair. The ship has been towed to DRB Marine Services of Rosneath, on the opposite bank of the River Clyde, for recycling.
The grounding incident - one of several in the environmentally sensitive area in recent years - prompted demands from local politicians and community associations for maritime safety improvements and the reinstatement of an emergency towing vessel in the Minch.

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Default Here is the story about the earlier grounding in Scotland

Media caption The 394ft-long Lysblink Seaways got into difficulty on Wednesday morning

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A large cargo ship that ran aground near Ardnamurchan Point in the west Highlands has been leaking diesel oil.
The 394ft-long (120m) Lysblink Seaways got into difficulty at Kilchoan at about 01:50 on Wednesday.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said an absorbent boom has been put in place to deal with the leak from the vessel's starboard side.
A team from a Dutch salvage company has been able to get on board to look for damage to the ship.
Two towing vessels - Forth Jouster and Kingdom of Fife - from Briggs Marine on the Clyde have arrived on the scene to support the salvage operation.


The MCA has put in place a temporary exclusion zone of 328ft (100m) around the vessel.
Diesel oil breaks up and evaporates more easily than crude oil, according to the MCA.
Political row

The Lysblink Seaways was bound from Belfast to Skogn in Norway when it ran aground.
None of the nine-person crew was injured.
The incident has led to a call from the Scottish government for the UK government to extend funding for an emergency tug beyond March next year.
The provision of the vessel has been the subject of a long running political row.
For 10 years, two tugs were hired by the MCA to go to the aid of stricken vessels off Scotland's west and northern coasts.
The UK government moved to end the contracts in late 2011 before agreeing to short extensions until March 2012, and then to longer-term funding for one to tug to work around Scotland's coast as required.
Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead has now called on the UK government to carry out an immediate review of the arrangement.

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Default Bid to free grounded container ship

Bid to free grounded container ship

An operation is under way to free a container ship with nine people on board which has run aground off the west coast of Scotland.
The alarm was raised at around 2am today when Lysblink Seaways became stuck off Kilchoan near Ardnamurchan Point, Stornoway Coastguard said.
The ship, thought to be carrying paper, did not refloat at high tide.



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The container ship Lysblink Seaways grounded at Kilchoan, West Ardnamurchan in the West Highlands.

Tugs are expected to be used to try to free it and Tobermory lifeboat is standing by at the scene.
No-one has been injured.
The RNLI said: "Tobermory RNLI's volunteer crew launched the Severn class lifeboat, Elizabeth Fairlie Ramsey, shortly after 3am to go to the aid of the vessel which was hard aground on rocks close to the ferry slipway.
"On arriving at the scene, the lifeboat crew established that whilst the vessel had sustained damage and was taking on some water, it was not in imminent danger of sinking. There are no reports of any injuries to the crew."
The 423ft vessel was travelling from Belfast to Skogn in Norway when it ran aground.
The crew remain on board, and there have been no reports of pollution.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has tasked emergency towing vessel Heracles to sail to the scene from the Orkney area. It is expected to arrive at around 2am tomorrow.
The vessel's owners have appointed a salvage company and a commercial tug, which is thought to be heading to the area from Greenock, Inverclyde.



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