16th July 2019
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Giant trawler came within 20ft of running aground at Collafirth

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Strong winds almost forced one of Britain’s biggest fishing vessels, with a crew of 36 on board, aground near Collafirth last night.

The Hull-registered Atlantic Princess, a 92m freezer trawler, lost engine power in a force six and came within 20ft of the rocks near the pier. She was able to hold her position with her anchor before the Sullom Voe tug Shalder arrived to tow her to safety without damage.

The coastguard was first alerted to the drama by Sullom Voe Terminal’s vessel traffic system (VTS) at 7.32pm.

An engineer was able to repair the engines and the ship was able to continue on her journey.

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