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Transport / Watch: NorthLink freight ship runs aground on arrival into Aberdeen

The ferry operator says there are no reported injuries or risk to the environment

Photo: Michael Bracken

A NORTHLINK freight vessel which departed Lerwick last night (Wednesday) ran aground this morning at the entrance to Aberdeen Harbour.

Video footage of the incident showed a tug helping to pull the chartered cargo vessel Arrow back into the channel at the entrance to the harbour.

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 [Thursday 25 June].

“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.”

The Arrow departed Lerwick at 6pm on Wednesday and was due to arrive in Aberdeen this morning at 8am.

A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “HM Coastguard received a call at 8.10am today (June 25) about a cargo ferry which had run aground in the channel when entering Aberdeen Harbour.

“Harbour tugs and another vessel assisted in refloating the ferry, which is now berthed within the harbour.”

Video credit: Michael Bracken