Disabled cargo ship under tow
The "Arklow Resolve", being route from Belfast to Ipswich, with 4815 tons of stones as cargo and a crew of eight on board, got its gearbox coupling destroyed in position 51 27 46.5N, 005 55 30.8W, 35 miles from St. Annes Head, on Aug 17, 2019, at 5.55 p.m. The ship went adrift and needed tug assistance in order to tow it to Swansea. The crew dropped anchor and maintained vigilant watch to ensure no drag occured, There were regular communication checks between Milford Haven CGOC and the vessel, The tug "Cannis" (IMO: 8102141), was called from Plymouth and arrived on scene on Aug 18 at 5.15 a.m. The "Arklow Resolve" had anchor issues and slipped anchor in position 51 32 33.0 N, 005 42 37.2 W and marked it with three green buoys. The tug then took the vessel in tow at 6.15 a.m. with an ETA as of Aug 19. The harbour master in Swansea was informed and fully aware of the situation. The freighter was towed into the port of Swansea by the "Cannis" and assisted to the quay by the tug "Svitzer Bentley" (IMO: 9127356) on Aug 19 at 11 p.m.
Freighter under tow to Fowey
After a gearbox failure on Sep 24 in the English Canal 57 miles south of Plymouth with 4.726 tons fertilizer bound to Sevilla on board, the British tug "MTS Indus" (IMO: 8884830) took the vessel in tow in pos. 49 31 06 N 004 00 06 W at 8 a.m. bound to Fowey. The ship initially was headed from Gothenburg to Sevilla, ETA Sep 27, but had suffered an engine breakdown. It arrived off Fowey on Sep 25 at 8 a.m., and the intention was to take it alongside on Sep 26 at 6 a.m.
Bulkcarrier disabled off Marstrand
In the night of Sep 11, 2018, the Swedish Coastguard was alerted by the "Arklow Resolve" which was drifting just south of Marstrand in wind speeds of 23 m/s and wave heights up to four meters. The ship had suffered a main engine breakdown and was disabled after having left Gothenburg at 9.40 a.m. bound to Sevilla, ETA Sep 18. The patrol boats "KBV 001" and "KBV 316" were sent to the distressed ship which had difficulties to get anchored. It was therefore decided to take it in tow to a safer area. The ship was loaded with fertilizer and had on board about 86 tonnes of bunker oil and about 27 tons of diesel. The vessel was towed to the Dana Fjord off Gothenburg en where it was anchored in pos 57° 40.60' N 011° 41.13' E, and the shipping company took over responsibility. The vessel left its anchorage in the Dana Fjord in the morning of Sep 13 and berthed at the Skandia Container Terminal in Gothenburg at 8.40 a.m. It sailed again on Sep 19 at 5.50 p.m. and headed to Sevilla, ETA Sep 27. Swedish report with photos: https://www.kustbevakningen.se/hallbar-havsmiljo/nyhetsarkiv/nodbogsering-av-bulklastfartyg-utanfor-marstrand/Upload News