The Maritime & Coastguard Agency has issued the following press release:
LYSBLINK SEAWAYS – VESSEL AGROUND KILCHOAN UPDATE TUESDAY 24th FEBRUARY
The ship to ship transfer of the fuel oil from the Lysblink Seaways looks set to begin sometime tomorrow morning.
Better weather conditions mean there is a window to do this work between 3am and midday tomorrow (25th).
In total 153 tons of fuel will be pumped from the Lysblink Seaways onto the tug Kingdom of Fife.
Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State’s Representative for Maritime Salvage & Intervention said, ‘The wind is expected to moderate which means there is an opportunity to carry out this work.
‘The emergency pumping operation will only begin when we are satisfied it is safe to do so and we will be monitoring it continuously.’
The Scottish Environment Group continue to monitor the operation and has a representative on scene.
The Temporary Exclusion Zone of 200 metres remains in place.
Many thanks to Hugh Shaw for arranging for the Diary to have this.