ENGINE TROUBLE FORCES CARGO-SHIP U-TURN OFF PENARTH

"Hard-to-Starboard" for Celtic Mariner in the Wrach Channel off Penarth Head

“Hard-to-Starboard” for Celtic Mariner in the narrow Wrach Channel off Penarth Head

The cargo ship Celtic Mariner had to perform a difficult U-turn  into the wind  in the  narrow Wrach Channel off Penarth yesterday when a fault developed in her engine.   

The ship, which is registered in Antigua, is operated by the Cardiff based Charles M Willie shipping company.

The ship managed to carry out a 180 degree turn and limped back to Barry Roads where she s remained offshore overnight at anchor for repairs.

"Almost there" - Cletic Mariner's had to make a last minute turn and delay her entry into Cardiff Docks

“Almost there” – Celtic Mariner’s had to make a last-minute turn and delay her entry into Cardiff Docks

A track of the ship shows how she carried out the 180 degree turn when only a few hundred yards from the lock gates of Cardiff Docks.

This afternoon the Celtic Mariner was back again off Penarth - this time with a tug in tow to provide some braking action for the entrance into Cardiff Docks

This afternoon the Celtic Mariner was back again off Penarth – this time with a tug in tow to provide some braking action for the entrance into Cardiff Docks

This afternoon the 300-foot-long vessel eventually appeared once again off Penath – this time with a  tug astern to slow the ship for entrance into the lock gates at Cardiff’s Queen Alexandra Dock

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