Chemical tanker in Weymouth Bay detained

A chemical tanker anchored on the Dorset coast should not sail because of its poor condition, The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has said.

Global Star came into Portland to refuel but the captain had no means of paying, so it anchored in Weymouth Bay.

The tanker, with 14 crew on board, was on its way to be scrapped in India.

Maggie Hill, from the MCA, said: "We have concerns about the crew accommodation, the engine room, and the safety equipment on board."

The ship has received special dispensation to be refuelled with gas oil to keep its generators running.

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