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"Refloated ship docks at Perth harbour boat grounded above gas pipeline arrives
By Alison Middleton and Mark Dowie
A SHIP which ran aground above a gas liquids pipeline arrived in Perth harbour last night.
The Celtica Hav was successfully refloated in the River Tay yesterday afternoon following the high tide.
It is understood the vessel’s crew of seven remained on board after the flat-bottomed ship grounded in waters beside Elcho Castle, near Perth, at 3.30am.
The bow of the vessel, which was transporting grain, was left resting above the Shell-operated pipeline which carries natural gas liquids from its gas plant at St Fergus in Aberdeenshire to Mossmorran in Fife.
No one was injured in the incident, and the Perth harbour tug boat The Fair Maid was able to help the ship at high tide when efforts to refloat the vessel got under way.
A spokeswoman for Perth and Kinross Council said the ship is now berthed in the harbour and will unload her cargo today.
She said: “The vessel was en route to Perth harbour from Germany with a cargo of wheat.
“Preliminary indications are that the grounding may have been caused by an unpredicted drop in the tide.”
She added that there was no impact on river traffic on the Tay as a result of the grounding.
A spokesman for Forth Coastguard said the boat floated free on her own at around 2.40pm as the tide rose and then continued her journey to Perth.
Coastguard watch officer Bob Bruce said: “She refloated herself, she just came off with the tide. We didn’t need to do anything.”
A spokesman for Shell said the pipeline which carries ethane, propane and butane remained operational and was not affected by the accident. He added: “The line runs from St Fergus near Peterhead to Mossmorran at Cowdenbeath, about 224km (139 miles) in length.
“It’s a 20in diameter steel pipeline which crosses the Tay at Elcho, about four miles from Perth, and at the river crossing it’s buried about two and three-quarter metres (almost 10ft) below the riverbed and has a protective concrete coating around it.
“We had a pipeline engineer at the location and he was monitoring the situation for us.
“As a matter of course I’d think there would be an inspection after the incident cleared.”
The incident comes two weeks after an explosion rocked a Total testing facility at St Fergus, near Peterhead.
Dozens of emergency vehicles were called to the Total E&P UK sector of the St Fergus terminal following a blast in its test facility on October 14.
The laboratory where the fire took place is used to sample gas coming ashore from North Sea fields, but the three workers who were inside at the time walked away with minor injuries.
The terminal receives and processes about a fifth of the UK’s daily gas requirements."