A tanker with 22 sailors on board is drifting approximately 118 miles west of Loop Head in Co Clare in rough sea conditions.
The Irish Coast Guard were alerted to a main engine failure on the tanker at 9.30am this morning, according to a spokesperson with the Dublin Coast Guard.
“We are dealing with the operation,” he told Independent.ie.
“We are just waiting for spare parts to arrive at Shannon and we will then fly them out to the vessel for repairs.”
Sea conditions are said to be rough with a six-metre swell and winds of up to force eight.
While not believed to be in danger at present, the Coast Guard is carefully monitoring the situation and the volatile weather conditions at sea.
The tanker is carrying a load of almost 15,000 tonnes of caustic soda on board.
It is bound for Aughinish in the Shannon Estuary.
The Irish Coastguard helicopter could be used tomorrow to bring engineers and parts to the stricken ship.
A tug-boat could also be used to assist the tanker.
Denise Calnan & Louise Kelly