Belfast coast guard refloated a large oil tanker in Lough Foyle which had run aground.
The coastguard received a message from Irish coastguard informing of the grounding on Tuesday morning. According to the Belfast Telegraph, the Thun Liffey oil chemical tanker ran aground on the Tuns sand bank at Magilligan Point near Greencastle.
On Tuesday, the Irish coastguard had said that a large oil tanker had run aground around 9:10 BST. Hearing this the Belfast coast guard tried to establish contact with the master of the ship. The ship didn’t encounter any damage and there were no reports of any pollution, said Belfast coastguard officials.
The coast guard confirmed that the ship will be towed back to Foyle Port as soon as precautionary checks are done. Foyle Port Tugs has been sent for assistance which towed the tanker back to the port.
The ship was found empty at the time. It was a newly built ship which was only built this year. It was sailing under the Netherlands flag when it ran aground.
The vessel will stop at Milford Haven port in Wales next.
Source: Maritime Shipping News