BUE's Viking Victor sinks in North SeaNews // October 1, 2004
Fairplay said Viking Victor sank in 86m of water 9 nautical miles off the Scottish coast after fire broke out that the crew was unable to extinguish. The vessel had been under tow to Invergordon after it had been refused entry at Aberdeen and Peterhead because of lack of space.
Fairplay said that, initially, the crew had tried to extinguish the fire but they were airlifted off when that proved impossible. Once under tow it was decided to take the Viking Victor to deeper water away from sensitive environmental and ecological waters because of pollution fears.
The vessel has 60 tonnes of marine diesel on board; the MCA is monitoring the area for any pollution. A Marine Accidents Investigation Branch team will now investigate the cause of the fire.