Rock-hit Isles of Scilly supply ship to be inspected

Gry Maritha
Image caption The vessel provides supplies and fuel to the Isles of Scilly

An Isles of Scilly supply ship that hit rocks is to have a full inspection in a dry dock, its owner says.

The Gry Maritha was on its way to St Mary's fully laden when it hit Crow Rock at 18:15 GMT on Monday night.

Owner the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company said the vessel, which sails from Penzance, Cornwall, had returned to the mainland under its own power.

The ship provides the only method of bulk freight transport from the British mainland to the Isles of Scilly.

It also carries fuel to the islands.

Minor repairs 'envisaged'

No-one was hurt when the vessel hit the rocks.

The alarm was raised by a crewman who called the RNLI and a full investigation has been launched.

The master of the vessel was breathalysed by police but the test was negative.

The St Mary's harbour master inspected the vessel but found no visible damage.

The steamship company said it was necessary to carry out a full inspection in a dry dock at Penzance and one had been scheduled for 2 January.

The extent of any damage would be confirmed and it was envisaged that minor hull repairs may be required, it added.

The vessel sails year-round three days a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

No sailing was scheduled for New Year's Day.

The company said it was working on contingency plans to enable some essential supplies to be flown to the islands on its Skybus service instead, weather permitting.

Its Scillonian III passenger ship was not available as it was undergoing routine winter maintenance, it added.

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