Video: MV Alta Washes Up On Irish Shore

February 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

The MV Alta – a 250 foot cargo ship that became disabled after losing power some 1,300 miles southeast of Bermuda in September 2018 – has finally ended its journey after washing ashore in Ireland on Sunday [Feb 16].

The vessel, which was eventually abandoned by its 10 crew members when they were rescued by the Coast Guard almost 20 days after losing power, was spotted in August 2019 in the mid-Atlantic, still unmanned, before it eventually made its way to the Irish Coast.

A story in the Guardian says, “Abandoned by its crew, the cargo vessel made a lonely odyssey across the Atlantic, a ghost ship seemingly destined never to make port.

“The 77-metre MV Alta drifted for over a year, skirting the Americas, Africa and Europe, rusting and derelict yet resolutely afloat.”

Video courtesy of the Irish Coast Guard:

“Its voyage came to an end during Storm Dennis on Sunday when it ran aground near Ballycotton, a fishing village in County Cork, Ireland, overlooking the Celtic Sea. The Alta wedged itself on to rocks, apparently intact.

“On Monday experts from the local council, the Irish coastguard and Ireland’s commissioner of wrecks were discussing what to do with a visitor that was drawing lots of attention.

“Built in 1976, the Alta was flagged in Tanzania, changed owner in 2017 and was sailing from Greece to Haiti in September 2018 when it become disabled about 1,380 miles (2,220km) south-east of Bermuda.

“Unable to make repairs, the 10-strong crew was rescued by the US coastguard cutter Confidence, which brought the crew members to Puerto Rico. According to gCaptain, a maritime industry news site, the US coastguard contacted the ship’s owner to arrange a commercial tug to tow it to shore.

“It was reportedly towed to Guyana only to be hijacked, with its subsequent fate unclear until August 2019 when a Royal Navy ice patrol ship, HMS Protector, encountered it in the mid-Atlantic, apparently unmanned.

“It is thought to have later drifted up from Africa and past Spain to Ireland.”

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