Ship grounded in the Pentland Firth
A 2,652-ton vessel carrying 37,000 liters of fuel oil and fully loaded with 1,900 tons of ferrosilicon reported to be aground on rocks in the Pentland Firth on Swona near South Ronaldsay in the Orkney Islands early this morning.
The 1977-built and Norwegian flagged “Sunna” was voyaging from Grundartangi in Iceland to Spurn Head on the River Humber in the United Kingdom.
The U.K.’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the seven-strong crew is checking for damage with no immediate signs that the vessel is taking water.
The agency’s emergency towing vessel “Anglian Prince” has been sent to the scene.
A lifeboat has also been dispatched in case of any crew evacuation and an aerial surveillance aircraft was also bound for the site.
The Orkney harbor authorities have dispatched two tugs as a precaution since the grounding is within the port limits. An emergency control room has also been set up to oversee any salvage activities.