The Russian vessel Kuzma Minin, which ran aground off Cornwall last week, has been detained by UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
Following the vessel’s refloating on December 18, a Port State Inspection by MCA Surveyors confirmed a breach in one of the ship’s fuel tanks.
According to MCA, tank readings indicate the tank has filled with water as a consequence of the grounding, however no pollution has been reported yet.
As a result, the vessel has been banned from leaving Falmouth Bay until repairs have been made. Once the repairs have taken place, a follow-up inspection will be conducted before the vessel can be released.
The coast guard plans to move the Russian vessel to a more sheltered spot within Falmouth Harbour later today.
“Three tugs and a port pilot will work with the crew in the move which is a purely precautionary measure,” MCA added. “The Secretary of State’s Representative Maritime Salvage & Intervention and the Environment Group continue to monitor the situation.”
As informed, the vessel has full electrical and engine power, and all crew onboard are safe and well.
Image Courtesy: Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team