The oil tanker Sarnia Liberty returned to Stornoway harbour today (Sunday December 16th) after losing steering in heavy seas just off Stornoway.

The 80-metre-long vessel was leaving port just before 1am, after discharging her load of fuel oil, when she contacted Stornoway Coastguard to say she had difficulty with her steering mechanism and was not able to go to sea.

Sarnia Liberty dropped anchor near Holm, just outside Stornoway harbour limits, and in calming seas was later able to steer manually back into port.

She’s now alongside at the port and is awaiting the arrival of engineers, expected on Monday to investigate and repair the problem.