Stornoway Coastguard said the alarm was raised this morning when the 91-metre ship Fri Sea went aground at high water at Corpach.
Seven crew members remain on board the ship and there are no signs of any injuries, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said. The Secretary Of State’s Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention is aware and is monitoring the situation, said the spokeswoman of MCA.
It looks as if the strong winds that were blowing may have caught her when she was almost stopped in the water. The coastguard said it was likely an attempt to refloat the vessel would be made at high water on Sunday.
The Fri Sea is operated by the Kopervik Group. It was due to collect a load of timber.
Her sister general cargo ship, MV Fri Ocean, went spectacularly aground in the Sound of Mull [for very different reasons] on 14th June 2013. She was described in the resulting Marine Accident Investigation Board [MAIB] report as a ‘serious marine casualty’.