The 2010 built crude oil tanker YANNIS P which was loaded with crude oil from India to Russia was towed to Kaliningrad after she had engine problems and had to anchor 12 miles off Rugen, Germany for more than 2 weeks.
The captain of the tanker confirmed that the towing should commence on Monday 14th August as per a spokeswoman for the Waterways and Shipping Administration (WSV) on Sunday 13th . The goal is the sea area off Kaliningrad of which the 2011 built tug BRITOIL 71 started her towage operations with YANNIS P as expected.
In the sea area off the Russian exclave, according to the captain, the cargo was to be transferred to another tanker and the YANNIS P was then brought to Danzig. Around noon, the slowly advancing ship network was halfway between Rügen and the Danish island of Bornholm, according to information from ship tracking services on the Internet. The speed was about 5 knots, which corresponds to just under 10 km/h.
Above images of YANNIS P seen at Malta after drydocking at Palumbo Malta Shipyard last January, 2015