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A fully-laden bulk carrier which reported drifting without engine power on Wednesday evening (22 May) has been safely anchored in Orkney, after a 30-hour emergency tow.

The Bahamas-flagged 190-metre cargo vessel Gdynia was en route from Brunswick USA to the UK’s largest cargo port, Immingham in Humberside, when she reported engine failure 30 miles west of the Butt of Lewis, at 8.30pm on Wednesday.

Gdynia, which is operated by the Polish shipping company Polsteam, based in Szczecin, carries up to 39,000 tons of cargo and was fully laden with wooden pellets, with 19 crew members aboard.

After being unable to effect a repair at sea, it was agreed that the nearest suitable repair facility was at Scapa Flow in Orkney, and HM Coastguard’s Stornoway maritime rescue co-ordination centre (MRCC) requested support from the emergency towing vessel Ievoli Black.

The HM Coastguard ETV headed straight for the scene and took the vessel in tow, reaching Orkney at 2pm on Friday 24 May after a 30-hour tow.

Ievoli Black took up her contract as a new Scottish emergency towing vessel (ETV), on 31 December 2016 and her contract was recently renewed for HM Coastguard.

She is 70-metre towing vessel of some 2283 gross tonnes, with a bollard pull of 139 tonnes, and covers all the sea area north and north-west of Scotland.

The picture shows Gdynia on the River Seine in March this year and is by sky-fly 76 (marinetraffic.com).