Highlands & Islands

Fire-hit cargo ship to be moved to safe anchor

/Pic: Donald MacPhail
Image caption The fire broke out last Friday and was brought under control on Saturday/Pic: A Kilchoan Diary

A cargo ship which caught fire at a pier will be moved to avoid a risk of it foundering on a rocky outcrop at low tide.

Firefighters battled over the weekend to contain the blaze which broke out on the Yeoman Bontrup at Glensanda pier on the Morvern peninsula on Friday.

The fire was brought under control on Saturday evening and salvage experts are now assessing the damage.

The blaze broke out on a conveyor belt used to load cargo onto the vessel.

It spread to the ship and set off an explosion involving gas cylinders on board.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said a decision had been taken to move the vessel to safe anchor.

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