Inspectors from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) found she was unsafe for the towing operation. The tug’s owners, Kent-based GPS Marine, say they have sacked the ship’s Russian crew and are planning to send the vessel to her home port for repairs. John Spencer, the managing director of GPS Marine, told The News: ‘We were seriously disappointed and embarrassed by the evidently low standard of onboard management by the tug’s officers while she had been outside Europe. ‘The tug had just returned from many months in Africa. ‘Portsmouth was the first UK port at which our shore superintendents could attend and, in any case, some repairs had been planned to be carried out in Swansea.’ The tug has been berthed at Portsmouth International Port since last week. GPS Marine says it has dismissed and repatriated the vessel’s master, chief officer, and chief engineer.