On Monday 23 March 2020, Resolve Marine responded to a cargo vessel grounded 6 miles (4.8 km) off Isle of Skye, Scotland’s northern coast. Contacted by vessel owners and insurance underwriters, the cargo vessel required immediate action to secure 1927 mt of cargo. In addition to inclement weather conditions, Resolve mobilized a salvage team from its UK/EU response base overcoming travel controls associated with the COVID19 outbreak while implementing heightened safety/protection protocols. Traveling as essential personnel adhering to COVID guidelines, the Resolve team was able to board the stranded vessel via helicopter to begin the casualty assessment functions after a brief weather delay. Once onboard, the salvage team’s primary focus was to completely remove oil pollutants and stabilize the vessel in anticipation of deteriorating weather. Going forward, the response focus shifts to cargo removal as the weather permits. Emergency response operations are being closely monitored by the U.K.’s Secretary of State’s Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention (SOSREP), vessel owners, insurance underwriters, and U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agencies along with other key environmental stakeholders.
Isle of Skye – Scotland