A successful 21-year-old Lewis seaman has been found dead on his ship in Hong Kong
Engineering cadet Andrew Macleod, of Newmarket near Stornoway, died suddenly on the
UK-flagged MV Ever Sigma in the early hours of Friday.
Mr Macleod was training as a cadet on the British registered vessels with the global
He sailed on the same giant container ship last summer. He was discovered dead in
his cabin by a crew member at 9am Hong Kong time when it was 2am in the UK.
He was on his last trip at sea and was expected to qualify with flying colours. Mr
Macleod was getting in his sea time before starting his final phase in Glasgow Nautical
College in January. He was due to sit his final exams next July.
His parents Murdo, a safety officer with Western Isles Council and Dolina Macleod,
a school’s catering manger in Stornoway, were believed to have been off the island
when they received the news. They are expected to fly out to the ship by Monday.
Iain Spreadborough, managing director of training agency Safe Ship Training Group
(SSTG) said Andrew’s death was a huge shock.
Mr Spreadborough said: “Everyone at SSTG is extremely saddened by the news and our
sympathies are with his family.
“We understand the company (Evergreen) is making arrangements for the family to fly
out to China over the weekend.At this stage we have no idea of the cause of death.”
Mr Spreadborough highlighted Andrew was heading for a successful career at sea and
consistently achieved high standards during his training. There was little doubt
he would qualify as a ship’s engineer.
One of numerous friends who posted tributes on Facebook said: “Absolute gem of a
guy Andrew, always went that extra mile to help people. My thoughts are with your
family. Gone but will never be forgotten.”
A former school pal said: “He touched the hearts of us all with his beautiful personality
and big smile that lit up the room. He had nothing but goodness to say about everyone,
which not many of us can say for ourselves.
She added: “Thank you for being a true friend and for being a part of my life since
our first day in Primary in our purple jumpers. So many memories which will stay
with me forever. I hope one day we could all be as great as you. Goodnight for now,
I hope we meet again some day. Always in my heart.”
Another wrote: “You really were a gentle giant Andrew, always a smile on your face.
It was a pleasure knowing such a great, great man. You will never be forgotten.”
A Lewis friend said: “Easily one of the nicest people I've ever known. The kindness
you showed everyone will never be forgotten. Such a true gent. Thoughts and prayers
are with your family.”
Another message said: “One of the good guys. Would always stop and talk, a true
gent. My thoughts are with all your family and close friends at this hard time. Gone
but not forgotten.”
Mr Macleod went to the Nicolson Institute secondary school on Lewis and went on to
complete an engineering course at the Lews Castle College in Stornoway in 2009.
The MV Ever Sigma is a 300 metre long container ship which covers a shuttle route
between China and Europe. The boat has a deadweight of 78,693 tonnes and is presently
sailing along Asian ports on the Pacific Ocean. She had departed Taipei on Wednesday
and docked in Hong Kong harbour on Thursday
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