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Stricken Cargoship off West Scotland Dry Docks in Greenock

19th March 2015
Stricken Cargoship off West Scotland Dry Docks in Greenock

#GroundedShipDryDock - Lysblink Seaways, a cargship which ran aground off the Scottish west coast while on passage from Belfast to Norway just over a month ago is currently in a Greenock dry-dock, writes Jehan Ashmore.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Lysblink Seaways, a 120m-long vessel, found its hull lifted onto the rocky shore after getting into difficulty off Kilchoan in the early hours of 18 February. 

Lysblink Seaways was bound for Skogn, instead the vessel ran aground near Ardnamuchan Point in Scotland's West Highlands. The ship later re-floated in high tide a day after her hull landed on the rocky shore. It was further reported that she was later moved to a safe haven in the Sound of Mull to avoid poor weather towards the end of last month.

Earlier this month, the vessel which had paper products onboard was taken under tow up the Clyde. She  entered the Garvel Clyde's James Watt Dock at Inchgreen to undergo repairs. 

The cargoship was purpose built for Lys-Line as a side-loading vessel on Scandinavia-UK market to cater in transporting paper and other forest products, containers and bulk cargo freight. She was later renamed Lysblink Seaways to serve DFDS Seaways subsidiary under the banner DFDS Lys Line. 

Some readers may recall that during the Lys Line era, this compamy had the contract to supply newsprint for some mainstream Irish daily titles. This saw paper reel products unloaded in Drogheda Port.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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