18 December 2018






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A Russian cargo ship has ran aground on a beach in Cornwall as strong winds whipped across the southwest on Tuesday 18th November, 2018.

Emergency services were launched  after 0600 hrs to help the bulker KUZMA MININ which was stuck just metres off Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth Bay.

According to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) she was anchored in Falmouth Bay when her anchor started dragging overnight. She ran aground on the western side of the port entrance around 0540 hrs. Vessel had 18 Russian crew on board and in ballast condition. 

She is currently listing five degrees but there is no report of any pollution, the coastguard added.

Tug boats ANKORVA; PERCUIL and ST.PIRAN are on standby near the ship and a RNLI Severn Class lifeboat 17-29 RICHARD SCOTT COX  is standing by to help, while an area around the ship has been cordoned off by the Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team.

The MCA said tugs will be attached to the ship and as the tide rises the plan is to refloat her with high tide is around 1315 hrs  so it could take hours to refloat the ship.

She was built at the Nordic Yards Warnemunde at Rostock in Germany in 1980 originally with 6 cranes on top of the hatches as seen below – One of her sisters (though she was few metres smaller) – ANATOLIY LYAPIDEVSKIY seen here berthed at Ghent, Belgium back to June 2005. 

And Archive Photo of the Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) vessel ANGLIAN PRINCESS back in April,2008 at Falmouth when Her Majesty’s Coastguard owned and operated 4 vessels that were stationed around the UK Coastline from 1993 to 2011.

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