Dutch freighter dangerous sailing caused by faulty autopilot

MRCC Gris-Nez, France, was alerted at 0520 UTC Jan 1 on dangerous movement of Dutch general cargo ship MOEZELBORG SW of Boulogne, English Channel. The ship didn’t change course as she should, and was heading for sandbanks in general direction of French coast. Voice contact was established, understood the ship was out of control, cause not clarified. Patrol boat was sent, check team boarded the ship and, understood, didn’t find any violations like intoxication. As a precaution, boat escorted MOEZELBORG for some time, to make sure vessel is safe. MOEZELBORG is en route from Portugal to Finland.
UPDATE: The ship didn’t change course as plotted because of faulty autopilot.
General cargo ship MOEZELBORG, IMO 9180839, dwt 9200, built 1999, flag Netherlands, manager WAGENBORG SHIPPING BV.

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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.