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PHOTOS: Cargo ship grounded off Falmouth leaking

PHOTOS: Cargo ship grounded off Falmouth leaking

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:31am 24th December 2018. (Updated at 10:42am 24th December 2018)

An insepction has uncovered a breach in one of the fuel tanks of the cargo ship that ran aground in Falmouth.

Russian vessel, the Kuzma Minin, was stuck for around eight hours off Gylly beach in stormy seas.

Police and the Coastguard had declared a major incident before harbour tugs managed to pull it free.

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An inspection has uncovered a leak on board the Russian cargo ship that ran aground off Falmouth

Now readings show one of the tanks had filled with water but there are still no reports of pollution.

"A Port State Inspection by MCA Surveyors took place in the early evening of 18th December and confirmed a breach in one of the fuel tanks.

"Tank readings indicate the tank has filled with water as a consequence of the grounding, however no pollution has been reported.

"The vessel has subsequently been detained by the MCA and directed not to leave Falmouth Bay until acceptable repairs have been made.

"Further inspections by divers and Class are also expected to take place.

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MCA surveyors say one of the Kuzma Minin's fuel tanks was breached but there are no reports of any pollution

"Once the repairs have taken place, a follow-up inspection will be made before the vessel can be released.

"The vessel has full electrical and engine power, and all crew onboard are safe and well.

"The SOSREP is liaising with the owners of the vessel and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) have also been sent to Falmouth.

"The SOSREP, MCA, Falmouth Harbour, Cornwall County Council and the Standing Environment Group continue to liaise and monitor the situation".

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

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The Coastguard has confirmed the ship will be moved to a more sheltered spot in Falmouth Harbour on Christmas Eve

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has confirmed the ship will being moved to Falmouth Harbour on Christmas Eve.

"The Russian vessel Kuzma Minin is to be moved to a more sheltered spot within Falmouth Harbour later today.

"Three tugs and a port pilot will work with the crew in the move which is a purely precautionary measure.

"Although a Port State Inspection by MCA Surveyors confirmed a breach in one of the fuel tanks, there is still no reported pollution.

"The vessel remains under detention by the MCA and directed not to leave Falmouth Bay until acceptable repairs have been made.

"Once the repairs have taken place, a follow-up inspection will be made before the vessel can be released. The vessel has full electrical and engine power, and all crew onboard are safe and well.

"The Secretary of State’s Representative Maritime Salvage & Intervention and the Environment Group continue to monitor the situation".

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Watch the moment the stricken ship was pulled free...

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