UK: Cargo ship Danio runs aground on Northumberland coast, concern for environment if oil leaks – 170313 1725z

(Photo: RNLI/Seahouses Lifeboat Station) Danio cargo vessel runs aground on Farne Islands. Seahouses Lifeboat attends.

“An 80 metre long ship has run aground on rocks near to the Farne Islands.

The MV Danio was carrying timbre from Perth in Scotland to Antwerp in Belgium when it hit when it struck the Blue Caps rocks at about 4.30 am Saturday morning.

The Seahouses RNLI lifeboat was immediately launched but attempts to tow the Danio to deeper waters had to be abandoned due to the outgoing tide.

The islands lie just three miles off the Northumberland coast.

They are part of an important wildlife haven for sea birds.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said there was no fuel leak from the MV Danio.

“No-one injured and pollution observed at this time” – Coastguard Credit: PA/RNLI

A spokesman said the master of the vessel reported the incident to the Coastguard and a salvage plan was being prepared.

“There was no-one injured and no pollution observed at this time,” the spokesman said.

“The Maritime and Coastguard Agency have been in touch with all relevant parties to ensure that the owners of the vessel have a salvage plan in place for the refloating of the vessel at the next high tide, which is this evening.”

Salvage operation underway Credit: PA/RNLI

Andrew Douglas, who runs boat trips round the Farnes from Seahouses, said the Danio was carrying logs.

He said: “She seems to be fine at the moment, and doesn’t appear to be holed.

“But it is worrying because all the birds are starting to return to the islands for the summer.

“We have 20,000 guillemots on the Farnes right now.”

National Trust’s head ranger for the Farne Islands: “We got lucky.” Credit: PA/RNLI

The Farne Islands are also home to puffins, grey seals and more than 20 bird species breed there.

David Steel, the National Trust’s head ranger for the Farnes, said: “We got lucky.

“The birds are not back and there does not seem to be any damage to the ship, so we got away with it.

“The Farnes are internationally-important for nesting sea birds. We have 80,000 pairs of sea birds including 37,000 pairs of puffins.” – ITV News

Update 17 Mar 2013 Aprrox 1600z

Seahouses RNLI lifeboat: “No changes yet lifeboat returned to Seahouses harbour lunchtime to possibly return to stricken vessel at next high tide.” “…she’s pretty stuck and with the smaller tides this weekend it’s not looking good but fingers crossed”

(Photos: RNLI)

Other Reports

Danio cargo vessel runs aground on Farne Islands

BBC NEWS 16 March 2013 Last updated at 22:58

A 262ft (80m) cargo vessel has run aground off the Northumberland coast.

The Seahouses Lifeboat Station received a distress call from the cargo vessel Danio in the early hours of Saturday.

The ship got caught on rocks on the Farne Islands, a sanctuary to seals and seabirds, about 3 miles (5km) from the mainland.

Salvage teams are at the scene but there are no reports of any fuel leak or injuries. The crew of six are spending the night on board.

The vessel, which was built in 2001 and registered in Antigua and Barbuda, was sailing from Perth to Antwerp in Belgium with a cargo of timber.

It ran aground near Little Harcar rock, close to the Longstone Lighthouse, at about 04:30 GMT.

Ian Clayton from the RNLI said there were concerns about possible environmental damage if oil started leaking from the vessel.

But National Trust ranger David Steel said he was “hopeful” the vessel would pass without “any incidents”.

‘Overnight watch’

He said: “Everything seems good. It’s only if there is a spillage we’ll become concerned.

“We have been very fortunate that this has happened out of the height of the season. If it had happened in mid-summer, it could have been disastrous.”

There have been no reported spillages from the vessel so far

It was hoped the ship would be moved by a tugboat during high tide but this has not been possible.

Mr Clayton said Seahouses lifeboats had been with the vessel for 15 hours and a crew from Berwick-upon-Tweed would be on watch overnight.

A meeting will take place on Sunday morning involving various officials – including the coastguard, pollution control experts and salvage teams – to work out the best way to move the vessel.

Earlier, Mr Clayton said: “It is not a good area for any shipping to be in.

“It is lying in quite a tricky location and it will be difficult for the tugs to get in there to try and get the vessel freed.

“Obviously we have concerns for any possible environmental damage should any oil start to leak from this vessel, because of the very sensitive nature of the Farne Islands.”

The island is home to about 80,000 pairs of seabirds and a large grey seal colony.” – BBC News

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