THREE TUGS AID DISABLED CARGO SHIP OFF PENARTH

Here comes the cavalry. The tugs Trueman and Tradesman race to the aid of the bulk-carrier Assvik off Penarth this afternoon

Here comes the cavalry. The tugs Trueman and Tradesman race to the aid of the stricken  bulk-carrier Assvik off Penarth this afternoon

Three tugs were involved in a major operation this afternoon to bring a disabled cargo ship lying off Penarth into Cardiff Docks.

The ship the bulk cargo-carrier AASVIK  had radioed Milford Haven Coastguard for assistance when she lost power some six miles off Caldy Island, Pembrokeshire.

PDN correspondent “PENARTH SHIPSPOTTER”  reported  (see comments section below) that “Aasvik”  had run into engine or steering problems off Tenby and called for help .

Aasvik being towed into Cardiff by the tug Trueman - with Tradesman hidden out of sight attached to her stern..

Aasvik being towed into Cardiff by the tug Trueman (reversing ahead of her) – with  the second tug Tradesman hidden out of sight attached to her stern.. The two black cones hoisted in a diamond shape indicate that she is under tow .

HM Coastguard at Milford Haven was notified and maintained a monitoring watch on the situation .

The ocean going tug Bremen Fighter was on standby.

The ocean going tug Bremen Fighter was on standby.

The big ocean-going fire-fighting tug Bremen Fighter was sent to her aid and towed her from her position off the Pembrokeshire coast  to Penarth where she dropped anchor offshore to wait for harbour tugs to bring her into Cardiff for repairs at high tide.

The disabled ship Assvik passing Pwenarth Head under tow today

The disabled ship Aasvik passing Penarth Head under tow today

Later today a spokesperson for Associated British Ports said the ship’s problems were purely “weather related” and said there had been no problem with her cargo – but did not refer to the distress signal apparently transmitted by the vessel  .

Aasvik ,which was originally bound for Port Talbot, and ss registered in Gibraltar was finally brought safely into Cardiff Docks at 14:00 this afternoon by the tugs Trueman and Tradesman.

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One Response to THREE TUGS AID DISABLED CARGO SHIP OFF PENARTH

  1. PENARTH SHIPSPOTTER. says:

    The ASSVIK Had Engine Or Steering Problems Off Tenby And Called For HELP. The Tug Bremen Fighter Responded And Then Towed Her Just Off Cardiff Where She Dropped Anchor, Last Night And Waited For Tugs Trueman And Tradesmam To Take Her Into Cardiff Docks.

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