Container Ship fails in Channel
The middle of the English Channel is not the place to have your engine pack up. The world's busiest shipping lane works on a strict traffic control principle, as the AIS snap below shows clearly.
So when the 43,000 tonne MSC Tampa failed in the Channel yesterday, and dragged the anchor she deployed to keep her in position, the Coastguard rapidly used the tug Anglian Monarch to tow her out of harm's way. She's now at anchor off Felixtowe waiting for the Maritime equivalent of the AA.