A STRANDED ship that has been detained on the Tyne because of safety concerns could soon be moved to South Shields, it has emerged.
The Panama-registered Donald Duckling has been held at the port since the middle of November by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) .
The action was taken when it was found to be in an “appalling state of repair”, and after its 18-strong crew said they had been forced to fish off the side of the boat when their food ran out.
The largely-Filipino crew spent Christmas onboard the vessel, which was docked at the north side of the river.
Now it is hoped to move the vessel to the former McNulty yard in South Shields.
That would enable the crew to be closer to the town’s Mission to Seafarers on the Mill Dam – where they have been getting access to internet and telephone services so they can contact their loved ones in their homeland, which was devastated by a typhoon in November.