A 300-meter containership that lost power off Spain on Thursday drifted to within just miles of land before a tug was able to gain control of the vessel and tow it to safety.
Spain’s maritime emergency agency Salvamento Marítimo reports that the container MSC Ajaccio requested assistance Thursday after losing power about 18 miles west of Cape Finisterre, Spain in the Atlantic Ocean.
Bad weather hampered the initial response as strong winds pushed the ship in a northeast direction to within three miles of Cape Touriñán. Luckily, the salvage tug Don Inda arrived on scene was able to connect to the vessel and tow it to safety.
AIS data showed the ship moored near A Coruña, at the southern tip of Bay of Biscay, as of 12:00 p.m. EDT.
MSC Ajaccio was sailing from Las Palmas to Rotterdam with 28 crew when the incident occurred. No injuries or environmental impacts were reported.