Operation Fri-Ocean

The Fri Ocean was en route to Varberg, Sweden from Belfast with a cargo of wood when the 90 meter long, 3640 dwt freighter  went hard aground on rocks near Tobermory,  Isle of Mull.   She suffered hull damage and water ingress and there were no injuries to the seven crew on board.  The vessel requested assistance with RNLI lifeboats from Tobermory responding with the lifeboat from Oban assisting.  The lifeboat crews assisted the Fri Ocean in pumping operations while the crew applied temporary patching.  Operations proceeded until freighter could be refloated later the same day.   All the vessels proceeded to a safe anchorage in Oban Bay where further inspection was conducted and investigated by authorities.  The RNLI reports that the Tobermory lifeboat spent 31 hours in rescue operations.  The owners supervisor contacted the yard in the morning to assist with emergency repairs and within 2 hours our fabrication foreman was on board. A phone call from him set the team at the yard into action and by evening a variety of brackets and plates, pipework and flange fittings had been prepared. Our  repair crew were on board first thing the next morning and the hull structural repairs were carried out under the supervision of Lloyds and M.C.A.. The following day saw the repairs to pipework completed and a cement box capped over, allowing the vessel to proceed safely to port to offload and then on to drydock.

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