Early hours of Friday 13th (unlucky for some) saw the Ferox operation dramatically veer from its projected track south and turn towards the Spanish coast. The tug had been battling winds in excess of 30 knots and mounting wave heights and it seems that the captain had deemed that safety was the order of the day.
The tug and accompanying inland tanker (not known if it is under tow or under its own power) came close in to Muros, a Galician coastal town but did not moor to shelter.
Prescribing a circle, the tug immediately headed out of the bay of Muros and has resumed her original course southwards.
The manoeuvre is strange. Weather conditions could have improved for the better as soon as the Ferox made safe waters, or a crew member has needed medical attention necessitating the detour.
The Ferox is currently (01:32 Dec 14th) 20 miles west of Sanxexo making 4.3 knots on a heading of 207 degrees.
It is now reported from Poole that the other inland tanker (presumably the Rix Harrier) has left the harbour. Mysterious ..