Drifting container ship off Essex coast repaired

Lifeboat monitoring the ANL Warringa Image copyright Walton & Frinton Lifeboat Station
Image caption A Royal National Lifeboat Institute spokesman said the ship had managed to get an anchor down

A container ship reported drifting in a major shipping lane off the coast of Essex has restarted its journey.

Lifeboats from Walton and Frinton, and the Harwich, were called out to the ANL Warringa when it experienced engine trouble on Saturday.

The ship managed to put down one anchor as weather conditions worsened.

A lifeboat stayed at the scene ready to rescue the 28 crew if required, but the engine was fixed at about midnight and the ship continued on its way.

Image copyright Walton & Frinton Lifeboat Station
Image caption The Walton and Frinton lifeboat and the Harwich lifeboat were called out to the 260 metre-long ANL Warringa

The ship, reported to be carrying hazardous material, was drifting in the North Sea, 20 miles off the Essex coast, in the key route between Hamburg and the East Coast ports.

The ship was on its way to Hamburg from Tilbury.

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