Cargo ship taken on tow, English Channel UPDATE

General cargo ship TIONA suffered a breakdown late Mar 15 in English Channel east of Ramsgate, was taken on tow by French SAR ship ABEILLE LANGUEDOC in the afternoon Mar 16, port of destination unknown. The ship according to AIS, was en route from Rotterdam to Spain, but AIS track seems to be strange – the ship sailed to UK coast, and seemingly, was anchored from Mar 10 to Mar 15, possibly awaiting orders.
UPDATE Mar 17: MRCC Gris-Nez: TIONA suffered an engine breakdown, ABEILLE LANGUEDOC was contracted for towage, ship is to be towed to Dunkerque.
General cargo ship TIONA, IMO 9193824, dwt 6246, built 1999, flag Comoros, manager BULCOM Cyprus (EQUASIS).

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Erofey is a Merchant Marine Captain with more than 20 years experience in commanding oil tankers. He works as a Captain, being most of his time at sea. He contributes maritime news.