My apologies for posting the wrong tows for the Ferox, here's the corrected information.
The Vanuatu flagged tug Ferox has been released from her detention in Poole Harbour (detained October 27) and was seen clearing Brownsea Island late Thursday afternoon, December 5th. She was making over 8 knots as she entered the English Channel westbound, apparently too fast to be towing the Valetta.
The Ferox was seen south of Salcombe the next day and then disappeared with the AIS not showing.
She's now back on AIS and is presently some 60 kms west of Cape Finisterre, making 3.3 knots on a heading of 208 degrees.
An observer in Poole reports that one of the inland tankers is still there and it may be the case that the Ferox is on station with the Rix Harrier which is able to operate under its own power.
There are reportedly two captains on the Ferox at this time.
No destination is given and the original destination of Lagos, Nigeria might not apply at this time.
Given that all tows are currently under intense scrutiny by the Nigerian government in their quest to stamp out oil theft from their pipelines, the Ferox and accompanying vessel may be rerouted to another African country - perhaps Dakar, Senegal - the drop-off port for the More convoy of the towed Novara and the Bominflot 5.
Many thanks to the Grim Snapper for alerting me to the 'Channel Dash' of the Ferox from Poole.