The 'Samskip Hoffell' sustained a blackout due to a actuator fault on Feb 5, 2018, at 4.52 p.m. in position lat 58 50N, long 03 41W, nine nautical miles west of Orkney. The crew restarted the engine manually and resumed the voyage sailing at a reduced speed. The vessel was escorted by the AHTS 'Levoli Black' from west to east through the Pentland Firth. The defect was to be repaired in Rotterdam. The master was confident that the vessel could make way without further intervention. The vessel had 1681 MRT of containers, 293.7 MRT of bunkers and 1400 litres of lube oil on board. It was en route from Reydarfjordur to Rotterdam, with a crew of 14 on board.