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Russian cargo ship freed after running aground off Cornwall coast

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Kuzma Minin, a 16,000 tonne Russian cargo ship, has been successfully refloated.

A major incident had been declared after the 180-metre-long vessel ran aground off the coast of Cornwall.

At around 5 am this morning, the bulk carrier became stranded off Gyllyngvase Beach near Falmouth.

Multiple agencies worked to finally free the ship just after 2pm on Tuesday 18th December.

The Kuzma Minin has been taken to Falmouth Bay to anchor so that it can be inspected.

There were 18 Russian crew onboard and there were no reports of any injuries or fuel spillages.

The conditions are extremely unpleasant and a weather warning remains in place for the South West; we do not want to see the public placing themselves at risk by coming to the beach at this time.

It is also important to let the public know that there is no cargo on this ship; we all remember the scenes when the Napoli ran aground in East Devon, I’m afraid there is no such spoils on the Kuzma Minin ship.

– Superintendent Matthew Longman, Devon and Cornwall Police
The coastguard says there was no cargo on board at the time. Credit: Ian Cocklin
The ship is thought to have slipped her mooring and tracked towards the beach. Credit: Marine Traffic

What do we know about the ship?

  • It weighs 16,000-tonnes and runs 180 metres long
  • The single deck ship was built in 1980
  • Registered as a cargo vessel under the Russian flag
  • It delivers cargo around northern Europe
  • Her home port is Murmansk, one of the primary shipping companies in northern Europe and Russia

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