Cargo ship disabled after suffering fire

By Vessels

The Dutch cargo vessel Myrte has been drifting in the North Sea 12 miles south east of Fair Isle (Shetland Islands). The loss of power was caused by small engine room fire on Tuesday afternoon. The Myrte was en route from Invergordon to Lerwick laden with oil industry pipes.

The nine-man crew requested assistance. To the scene arrived the supply vessel Olympic Octopus, which was nearby, and the tugs Tystie and Herakles.

On Wednesday morning, the Tystie was attached to Myrte and the disabled cargo vessel was towed to Lerwick Harbour (UK).

There were no reports of injuries and pollution.

Myrte (IMO number 9364136 and MMSI 246110000) was built in 2008 and is registered in the Netherlands. The deadweight of the 116-metre general cargo vessel is 7,124 DWT.

Current position of Myrte.

Myrte (IMO number 9364136 and MMSI 246110000)

Image: Ingo R.