A STORM-BATTERED ship which ran into difficulties off the Wearside coast has returned to sea after repairs.
The Molat, a 28,300-tonne Croatian vessel, which was listing in choppy waters 40 miles out in the North Sea, arrived at Port of Sunderland more than a month ago.
The bulk carrier had set off from Norrköping, Sweden, to Alexandria, Egypt, on January 21, with 20 crew.
But the 172-metre ship, which was listing by about five degrees, was diverted to the UK the following day so its cargo of timber could be secured.
It is believed the problem was caused when its wood load froze, making it heavier, and it shifted to one side. However, after repair work by engineers in Sunderland, it left on Thursday.
It was originally due to depart a week earlier, but the date was put back to allow for more work.
The ship’s agency, Denholm Wilhelmsen, said: “The departure had to be put back to allow for loading and inspections.”