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

In the early morning hours of 18th December, the ship dragged her anchor and grounded on the western side of the port entrance between Swanpool and Gullyngvase beaches.  She developed a list of 5 degrees, but there had been no report of pollution. However, HM Coastguard and Devon & Cornwall Police declared a major incident due to the large number of people that use the beach and the disruption to traffic in the town.

The vessel was refloated and was assisted to a sheltered anchorage within Falmouth Bay, but was moved to a more sheltered spot within Falmouth Harbour as a precaution, on 24 December.

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