There’s a rare chance to see on board one of the heavy workhorses of the Coastguard service tomorrow (Saturday August 4th) as the Coastguard tug Ievoli Black comes alongside pier no. 3 in Stornoway and invites the public on board.

The captain and crew of the salvage vessel - ‘ETV’ or Emergency Towing Vessel - will be on hand to show visitors the array of equipment available to recover a stricken ship.

Ievoli Black is a relatively new vessel, built at Gdansk in Poland in 2010 and owned by the Italian shipping company Marnavi. She started service with the UK Coastguard in December 2016, when a five-year deal was signed between the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency and her operators, marine salvage company Ardent Maritime Netherlands.

Ievoli Black is 2,283 gross tonnes, measures 70 metres and is capable of firefighting operations, anchor handling, towing, research and underwater services. Her remit is to support emergency services around the north and north-west coasts of Scotland.

She’s usually based in Shetland and there’s been long-running controversy over the absence of a second tug based in Stornoway.

She’ll be at pier no. 3 tomorrow and open to the public from 11am to 4pm.