A cargo ship carrying nuclear waste encased in concrete caught fire near an oil platform in the North Sea and had to be towed to safety.
The Denmark-flag Parida (pictured), 5,801gt, was on passage from Scrabster to Antwerp when, on Oct 8, she suffered a fire in one of her two funnels and lost power south-east of Wick.
The strong currents carried the drifting vessel towards the Beatrice Alpha oil platform, operated by Ithaca Energy, leading to the evacuation by helicopter of 52 people working on the platform as a precautionary measure.
The Parida, with the fire out, was taken in tow by the Singapore-flag offshore support ship Pacific Champion, 4,566gt, and anchored close to the entrance of the Cromarty Firth. The Parida then underwent repairs at Invergordon and continued her voyage to Antwerp.
On Oct 11, the Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Now that the Parida is safely and securely on the move, we must make sure that an incident like this does not happen again.”