Russian Cargo ship spotted leaning in the Solent

27 December 2017, 12:39

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A Russian Cargo ship spotted leaning in the Solent just outside Portsmouth Harbour on Boxing Day is being monitored by coastguards and lifeboat crews in the area

The plan was to move it to Southampton Harbour for checks but the weather has been so bad they haven't been able to yet

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Due to adverse weather conditions plans to move the Russian vessel ‘Mekhanik Yartsev’ to a berth in Southampton Harbour were put on hold last night and the vessel currently remains at anchor in the Solent.

Later this morning surveyors are expected to visit the vessel to reassess the vessel’s stability and cargo. Plans to right the vessel will be progressed accordingly and the intention is to move the vessel into Southampton Harbour later today.

The 13 crew onboard remain safe and well. A tug remains on scene, and an RNLI All Weather Lifeboat is on standby as precautionary measure.

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HM Coastguard is currently assisting a Russian flagged vessel that has a significant list just outside Portsmouth Harbour.

Although the vessel has developed a considerable list, it has power and is currently stable. The vessel is at anchor in the Solent and a pilot vessel is assessing the vessel’s stability and cargo. The 13 crew onboard are reported to be safe and well.

HM Coastguard is currently issuing navigational safety broadcasts every half hour to warn shipping in the area and a tug and an All Weather Lifeboat are standing by on scene.

The weather forecast is poor with severe gales and rough seas expected later today. Discussions are underway with the owners of the vessel and the vessel’s agent.

The SOSREP, HM Coastguard Commander, Duty Surveyor, Counter Pollution, Receiver of Wreck, Southampton Harbour Master and Portsmouth Duty Queen’s Harbour Master have all been informed of the incident. Further updates will be issued as the situation develops.


(pic from @SolentShipping)



Plans are now underway for the Russian flagged vessel ‘MEKHANIK YARTSDEV’ to be taken to a berth in Southampton Harbour. The vessel has its own power and as a precautionary measure it will be assisted by a pilot vessel, two tugs and escorted by an RNLI All Weather Lifeboat until it’s safely alongside.

Once berthed a surveyor will inspect the vessel’s stability and cargo. An update will be provided in the next few hours.