Massive cargo ship runs aground while trying to enter mouth of Aberdeen harbour 


Massive cargo ship runs aground while trying to enter mouth of Aberdeen harbour

  • Large ship ran aground while manoeuvring in entrance of Aberdeen harbour 
  • The 400ft MV Arrow NorthLink boat had to be helped by small boats and a tug 
  • There were no injuries or risks to the environment as a result of the incident

A large cargo ship ran aground during manoeuvres entering the mouth of Aberdeen harbour this morning. 

An investigation has been launched into the incident which saw the NorthLink freight vessel run into difficulties when arriving from Lerwick at around 7.30am. 

A number of smaller boats and a harbour tug had to provide assistance to help release the 400ft MV Arrow which was carrying containers. 

The 400ft cargo ship ran aground while manoeuvring to enter the Aberdeen harbour this morning

The ship was seen sticking partially out of the water and it took more than an hour to get it successfully ferried into the harbour.

Impressive footage taken at the scene shows a small boat helping free the cargo ship from where it was stuck.  

Serco NorthLink confirmed the boat had run aground and that a full investigation would be launched into the cause. 

A tug and other small boats had to help the large fright liner carrying container back into the harbour

A tug and other small boats had to help the large fright liner carrying container back into the harbour 

NorthLink confirmed there were no injuries or risks to the environment as a result of the incident

NorthLink confirmed there were no injuries or risks to the environment as a result of the incident

The company also said there were no injuries or risks to the environment. 

A spokesperson for Serco NorthLink Ferries said: ‘We can confirm that the chartered MV Arrow freight vessel ran aground upon entering Aberdeen Harbour at approximately 0730 today. 

‘There were no reported injuries or risk to the environment and the vessel has since been freed and proceeded to its normal berth. 

‘We are working with Aberdeen Harbour Board, the vessel’s owners and the relevant authorities to conduct a full investigation.’ 

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