A Hong Kong-controlled tanker carrying Russian crude has been arrested in Spain after going adrift.

The 104,000-dwt Panama-flag Linda I (built 2002) was held on Thursday at Algeciras after allegedly failing to comply with navigation regulations.

The vessel was en route from Primorsk in Russia to Istanbul in Turkey with 80,000 tonnes of oil on board.

The ship was also fined €80,000 ($78,500) for using fuel that contravened sulphur limits, the Algeciras al Minuto website reported.

The Linda I was accused of not reporting in a timely manner that it was drifting towards the coast.

The tanker had been authorised to stop outside the port limits of Algeciras to pick up spare parts.

Maritime traffic control systems later detected that it was drifting towards port waters.

Authorities tried to contact the captain but did not receive a response.

After several other requests, the master finally reported that the engines had been stopped.

Brought into anchorage

The Linda I was then helped by tugs and a pilot into Alfa anchorage in the port, under the supervision of the national salvage agency.

A technical inspection found several deficiencies that were corrected.

AIS data showed the aframax underway again off Gibraltar on Thursday morning.

The vessel is listed as operated by Chanocean Management of Hong Kong, which could not be contacted.

The last port state control inspection in Russia in July found five deficiencies relating to fire safety and the safety of working and living conditions.

Faults were found with the insulation of pipes and wires, and safe means of access, but the vessel was not detained.