It is with great sadness that Brise of Hamburg, operators of the capsized cement carrier Cemfjord, report that the extensive air and sea search in the Pentland Firth has produced no trace of the missing crew of eight. The upturned hull of the Cemfjord was discovered last Saturday by a local ferry.

A major search and rescue operation was launched, involving a Royal Navy frigate, a Coastguard tug, two helicopters, a fixed wing aircraft and five lifeboats. Despite the best efforts of the search teams, no crew members were found. Brise is doing everything it can to support the families caught up in this tragedy. The company is now beginning to assess the next phase of operations. This will begin with the use of a sonarequipped vessel to pinpoint the wreck and investigate its attitude in relation to the seabed. Investigations into the cause of the accident are being carried out by Brise, the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch and the flag of registry, Cyprus.

Media Contact: Brise spokesperson: Tony Redding +44 7768 394 699