High tide refloats container ship

Aerial view of the LT Cortesia vessel
The vessel does not appear to have suffered any damage

Coastguards have successfully refloated a German container vessel which ran aground off Kent. The 90,465-tonne LT Cortesia with 27 crew onboard was en route to the Suez Canal when it hit the Varne Bank, nine miles (14km) south of Dover harbour.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said three commercial tugs refloated the vessel with while a coastguard tug also stood by.

The ship will be anchored three miles off the coast of Deal overnight.

Inspectors from the MCA will board the vessel to decide whether it is safe for it to continue its voyage.

All the crew, who were unhurt, remained aboard while it was aground and also during the refloating operation.

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One Response

  1. To correct your article , the Health and Safety Executive will not be be involved in deciding if the vessel can continue. The Maratime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will be carrying out this duty……THANKS! a bit of a typo …have updated accordingly

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