Tanker dragged anchor, drifting towards coast, Gulf of Mexico

Feb 22 0420 UTC: Product tanker in ballast at night Feb 21 dragged anchor, drifting dangerously close to coast. The ship can’t hold against strong wind and waves brought by cold front, even with working engine. Port tugs can’t be deployed, weather is too rough for them.
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My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.