Thursday 23 November 2017

Gas tanker drags anchor in Cork harbour amid fears it might run aground in bad weather

Cork Harbour
Cork Harbour
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A NUMBER of tugs are assisting a tanker in Cork harbour which has apparently dragged its anchor in heavy seas near a sand bank.

The tanker, which is understood to be carrying a load of gas, is being assisted by a number of Cork harbour tugs in a bid to help it maintain its position in the challenging weather conditions.

Initial indications are that while the tanker has drifted from its original position, it has not run aground.

However, there is concern that it is very close to a sank bank in Cork harbour off the main channel near Whitegate.

The tanker is currently understood to be near shallow water off the main channel.

Two tugs are currently working with the captain of the tanker.

It is understood a Naval Service vessel is also monitoring the situation and is ready to lend assistance if required.

Weather conditions off the Cork coast have been extremely difficult over the past 36 hours with a yellow weather warning in place for gusting winds.

Exceptionally high spring tides last week also brought treacherous currents off the south coast.

Harbour sources stressed that the operation with the tanker is routine given the challenging weather conditions and that there is no public safety or environmental issues arising.

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