The grounded cargo vessel MV Kaami was successfully floated off the rocks south of Stornoway during a highly specialised operation yesterday afternoon (Monday May 4).

She is now (Tuesday morning, 06.50) almost at Kishorn under tow from the vessel Multratug 3 and with escort from Forth Guardsman.

The Forth Warrior, C Odyssey and Isle of Harris dive support vessel Hirta were also involved in the salvage operation which was centred around high tide.

Kishorn Port was developed as a manufacturing and fabrication yard for oil platforms in the 1970’s and has a major dry-dock facility as well as deep-water moorings.

Six weeks ago on March 23 the Kaaami ran aground in The Minch and the salvage team have been working tirelessly to remove the cargo, transport it for safe disposal and to make repairs to enable the vessel to be refloated.

A temporary exclusion zone of 1000m was in place around the towing vessel during the operation to all but those vessels directly involved in supporting the response.

The HM Coastguard fixed wing aircraft was conducting an overflight to monitor the refloating operation, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency reported.