9 November, 2005
A STRICKEN oil tanker was last night (Tuesday) on its way to Lerwick Harbour, Shetland,
after she broke down in storm force winds 39 miles southwest of the islands.
The 134 metre Sten Odin with 16 crew on board
was on her way from the port of Mongstad, Norway, to Dublin, Ireland,
when she suffered engine failure west of the Fair Isle Channel.
She has a mixed cargo of 8,494 tons of gas oil and aviation fuel on board.
The incident closely resembles events almost 13 years ago
when the tanker Braer suffered engine failure in the Fair Isle Channel
and was driven ashore by storm force winds on 5 January 1993.
The Norwegian registered tanker was drifting towards Shetland mainland
at a speed of two knots for more than six hours yesterday morning (Tuesday)
before the crew managed to regain some power to the engine.
A coastguard spokeswoman said yesterday
that there had been no immediate danger as the vessel broke down 35 miles from land.
The Sten Odin lost power at around 3.30am,
but Shetland Coastguard was only alerted to the incident
more than two hours later at 5.40am yesterday morning.
The coastguard emergency towing vessel Anglian Earl was immediately tasked
while the coastguard helicopter was put on standby.
However the Sten Odin regained power at around 10am.
The coastguard tug arrived at the scene at around midday yesterday
and was last night escorting the vessel into Dales Voe for repairs.
She was towed to the Greenhead Base where she arrived
this morning at 5.20am.