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