Efforts continue today (Wednesday 25 March) to get salvors to the cargo vessel Kaami, which remains aground on rocks in the Minch, between the Isles of Skye and Lewis.

A specialist salvage team from the Resolve Marine Group has been appointed and has arrived in Stornoway.

Resolve have their headquarters in America and offices in Rotterdam and London. They are specialists in salvage and wreck removal with their own team of divers, engineers and salvage masters.

The Norwegian-owned, 90-metre general cargo ship, which ran aground in the early hours of Monday morning, has damage to the port side of the vessel. She was carrying non-hazardous cargo of wood and paper pellets for use as fuel.

All eight Russian crew members were lifted from the vessel by Stornoway Coastguard helicopter R948, during an operation which also involved Portree RNLI lifeboat and the Northern Lighthouse Board service vessel Pharos.

The Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV), the Ievoli Black, continues to stand by the vessel. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCGA) said today that there is no reported pollution since the initial grounding and the small amount of oily pollution when it first grounded has dispersed in the rough seas.

The Secretary of State's Representative for Maritime Intervention and Salvage (SOSRep) along with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency's counter-pollution team continues to liaise with the ship's owners, holding regular conference call meetings to discuss next steps.

The picture of the grounded vessel during the crew rescue was taken from Portree RNLI lifeboat by Donald Budge and is used by permission of the RNLI.