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Cargo vessel runs out of fuel

An 82-metre general cargo ship has been drifting off Plymouth after running out of fuel.

Brixham Coastguard has been monitoring the Taigeta since the evening of 30 March after she ran out of fuel and was dragging her anchor in 45 kt winds and 6 m seas, S of Plymouth.

The Taigeta is a 1980-built 3,085 t deadweight general cargo ship flagged to the Dominican Republic. She was en route from Kinsale to Rotterdam with a crew of 11.

The Coastguard emergency towing vessel `Anglian Earl' has been standing by her, along with the Plymouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat.

Latest reports are that she was holding fast near West Rutts, SW of Plymouth, but until a break in the weather is unlikely to be able to take on fuel.

It is reported that Taigeta has so little fuel that she is even unable to keep her navigation lights on. The MCA say that the agents are very aware of their displeasure . .

  • 31 March 2010
  • MTNG

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