Tugs manoeuvre the Kuzma Minin, a 16,000-tonne Russian cargo ship, as attempts are made to refloat it after it ran aground off Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth. © PA Images
Tugs manoeuvre the Kuzma Minin, a 16,000-tonne Russian cargo ship, as attempts are made to refloat it after it ran aground off Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth. © PA Images

Cargo ship runs aground in 60mph winds

posted by Lucy Patchett
in Risk
18 December 2018

A 16,000 tonne Russian cargo ship ran aground along the Cornwall coast.

The Kuzma Minin cargo ship ran aground off Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth at about 05:40 GMT today.

The 590ft bulk cargo ship, owned by the Murmansk Shipping Company, was reported to have departed from the Dutch port of Terneuzen on the 12 December and arrived midday on 14 December in Falmouth Bay.

A rescue mission was undertaken to refloat the vessel and tug it back out to sea. The windy conditions posed a challenge, with the Maritime Coastguard Agency tweeting “seas remain rough with 60 mph winds”. 

The cargo ship was successfully refloated around 2.30pm today. "The 180-metre cargo ship is moving to Falmouth Bay under her own power but with tugs in company for further assessment," said Devon and Cornwall Police.

Murmansk Shipping Company said the grounding was due to "unsafe shipping conditions" off the British coast. Ildar Neverov, general director of the TYOR/NORD Group at Murmansk Shipping Company, told state news agency RIA Novosti: "That is to say there were unsafe shipping conditions in the place where the ship was located. As a result, it passed some distance out of control and ran aground. The situation is under control."

Supt Matthew Longman of the Devon and Cornwall Police commented during the ongoing incident: “This is a dynamic situation and a number of agencies including police, environment agency, maritime and coastguard are all working together on this matter.

“Our role is to ensure the safety of the crew and to stop any environmental issues in relation to this incident."

He added: “It is also important to let the public know that there is no cargo on this ship; we all remember the scenes when the Napoli ran aground in East Devon. I’m afraid there is no such spoils on the Kuzma Minin ship.”

The cargo ship delivers around northern Europe. However, there was no cargo onboard and no casualties occured to the 18 Russian crew.

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