22nd August 2018
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Cargo ship drifting after engine room fire

The coastguard tug Herakles, seen here in Scalloway Harbour,  was on standby after cargo vessel Myrte lost power off Fair Isel. Photo: Mark Burgess.

The coastguard tug Herakles, seen here in Scalloway Harbour, was on standby after cargo vessel Myrte lost power off Fair Isel. Photo: Mark Burgess.

Shetland Coastguard was called to assist the Dutch cargo vessel Myrte on Tuesday afternoon after she had had a small fire in her engine room and lost engine power.

The vessel with nine crew on board was drifting in the Fair Isle channel when the nearby Olympic Octopus came to stand by at around 5.10pm. The Orkney-based coastguard tug Herakles then arrived on the scene to stand by, before the Sullom Voe tug Tystie came to take the Myrte under tow. No-one was hurt in the incident.

The Myrte is carrying materials for the construction industry from Invergordon to Lerwick.

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