The engines of the Parida were switched off after a fire broke out in one of the ship's funnels yesterday evening. The crew was able to extinguish the fire, but the ship was left without power and began to drift in bad weather. The ship's anchor was dropped to halt the drift.
The Danish-flagged Parida is carrying a total of 3,000 litres of radioactive waste in a pair of flasks each containing three 500 litre drums. The waste was destined for Antwerp and is one of over 20 shipments that have and will be transferred from Scotland to Belgium between 2011 and 2015.
Swire Pacific Offshore's Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel Pacific Champion has the Parida under tow and is heading to Invergordon in the Cromarty Firth where the ship can safely anchor.