The Klyne tug Anglia Sovereign ran aground on the island of Oxna, 10 miles W of Scalloway on the night of 3 September an a SSW wind Force 6 - 7. Mayday isued and 13 non-esential crew taken off. The remaining crew managed to refloat her and she headed for Scalloway with a 15 degree list. She has arrived at Scalloway but there is some pollution concerns.
She has, allegedly, dumped 200 tonnes of diesel into the sea, but this has now been mostly collected. There is, apparently quite a bit of damage to her, bilge keel ripped off, big gash along bottom, bulbous nose knocked in quite a way, damaged rudder and prop, but the engine room and steering gear room are dry. She is supposed to be going to Holland for repair later this week and is expected that repairs will take 5 months.
She is now in Rotterdam for repairs and according to the Shetland News, the Skipper who was in charge of her on the night she went aground was charged on tuesday at Lerwick Sheriff Court with having more than three times the legal limit of alcohol on his breath whilst in charge. He is also facing 4 other charges.
Just read the report and it is a sad case Coastie. Bloke lost his career and reputation because of drink. The irony is that the vessel was intended to protect us from oil pollution and ended up spewing the stuff all over when it pranged!
Just got back from a day out in my work/pleasure boat. Anglian Sovereign berthed in Scalloway, back on station. When the grounding happened last year the harbour waters and approaches off Scalloway were rainbow coloured and the smell of diesel was overpowering for approx. two weeks, luckily it was deisel and not heavy oil, photo attached, taken 1hour ago. Mac
Too right Benjidog, it is a shame also, VERY embarrasing for the MCA!
Makari. I've seen aerial photos of Scalloway harbour with the rainbow sheen in the water. A colleague of mine lives on the rise out of Scalloway and could hardly live with the smell when that happened. Nice piccy though, some of my fellow townsfolk are duty crew on her currently. (They were not aboard her when she had her "mishap")