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‘Co-operation and co-ordination’ at sea

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The vessel the Adam Asnyk lost power as she headed into Algeciras on Saturday evening and drifted into BGTW. The first vessels to respond are understood to have been the Salvamento Maritimo Luz De Mar and VB Algeciras.
Yesterday a Gibraltar Government spokesman said the vessel had been able to anchor in BGTW before becoming a risk to other shipping in the area.

As a precaution, the spokesman said, the Gibraltar Port Authority deployed a pilot, and two tugs to stand by her.

“This is standard procedure for any vessel in the anchorage with no power. The tugs remained in the vicinity until the vessel had rectified her defect.”

Meanwhile the spokesman added that the Algeciras authorities had been notified whilst the vessel was in Spanish waters.

“As you would expect, there was co-operation and co-ordination between us.  Once the vessel drifted into BGTW it became GPA responsibility hence the request from Gibraltar Port Authority.

It is understood that the tugs Elliot and Rooke were in the area and took over control of the situation.

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