Chemical tanker defies authority of Dorset port

Ports are being warned to look out for a chemical tanker that jumped an order to remain anchored off Dorset.

Global Star, due to be scrapped in India, came into Portland to refuel but the captain had no means of paying, so it anchored in Weymouth Bay.

It received special dispensation to be refuelled but was ordered not to leave over safety concerns after a Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) inspection.

But after being refuelled, the 8,000 tonne ship continued its journey.

An MCA spokesman described the conditions on board the ship as "the worst we have ever seen" and said there were 49 faults relating to safety.

Ports in other countries have been alerted.

It is believed the ship left the bay early on Sunday morning.

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