Removal of cargo from grounded ship begins off Scotland

Cargo removal operations from the grounded MV Kaami (IMO 9063885) began off the coast of Scotland on April 9th HM Coast Guard said, noting that “approximately 180 tonnes of cargo have been offloaded and are being transferred ashore”.

Safe off-loading from MV Kaami has been heavily dependent on weather and sea conditions, and this morning’s operations were conducted between high and low water.”

Salvors boarded the Kaami on April 8th  and were able to open two of the vessel’s hatch covers, allowing access to the cargo. But poor weather stopped a vessel from being brought alongside the Kaami for a long-enough period to begin offloading cargo, until the following day. The salvage is overseen by the Secretary of State’s Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention supported by the MCA, salvors, the ship’s insurers and the Scottish Environment Group.

The Maritime Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) is carrying out an investigation remotely with assistance from the salvors. The 4,300 dwt cargo ship ran aground off the Isle of Skye on March 23rd. The open-hatch single-decker was carrying a cargo of pelletized refuse-derived fuel at the time. 1994-built, Bahamas-flagged, 2,715 gt Kaami is owned by Misje Bulk AS care of Misje Rederi AS of Bergen, Norway. It is entered with Gard P&I (Bermuda) on behalf of Misje Bulk AS. It is entered for H&M and Loss Of Hire with Gard AS as claims leader.