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Broken fuel pump disabled ship
On March 26, 2021, at 7.10 a.m. the 'Leiria'm enroute from Saint Malo to Fraserburgh, suffered a broken fuel pump that caused a main engine failure 16 miles Southeast of Peterhead in position 57 22 54 N, 001 20 15 W. The tug 'Odin' of Scapa arrived on scene on March 27 at 3.30 a.m. and took the ship in tow at 04.40 a.m. The convoy arrived in Fraserburgh at 10.30 a.m.
Cargo ship underway as ghost ship
The Dutch maritime police was investigating an incident with the 'Leiria' in the night of Nov 24, 2019, on the North Sea which sailed an unusual route, did not respond to calls from the Coastguard nor to light and signal signals from passing ships. The KNRM team from IJmuiden and the lifeboat 'Donator' received a GMDSS alert as well as an SAR helicopter. Upon arrival of the the helicopter, after a while there wasa movement on board and contact could finally be made with the ship, after which both lifeboats could be stood down at 4.30 a.m. Without intervention from the Coast Guard this could have turned out very different. The Coast Guard is investigating what happened and why it was so difficult to get in touch with the ship which was coming from Riga and berthed in Kingston-upon-Hull on Nov 27 at 6.15 a.m. Dutch report with photos: https://nieuwsbladijmuiden.nl/lokaal/overig/onderzoek-naar-spookschip-op-noordzee-663324News schreiben