- Six huge ships have appeared off the coast of North Devon, and mystery surrounds the reason why.
- All the ships are waiting to dock at Port Talbot in South Wales and are anchoring in the Bristol Channel due North of Ilfracombe.
The sudden arrival of six huge vessels off the Swansea coast has baffled locals and fuelled several theories as to why they are there, reports Mirror.
Mysterious vessels at Talbot
The mysterious vessels, which are waiting to dock at Port Talbot, appeared several days ago and have fuelled rife speculation on social media over why they are there, Wales Online reports.
Among the theories put forward by residents are that the ships might be carrying reinforcement supplies of items such as toilet roll, which have been bought up by coronavirus panic-buying.
Some have suggested that their sudden appearance might be connected to the historic drop in oil prices that happened on April 20.
Oil tanker and Cargo ships
At least one of the ships appears to be an oil tanker and the others are cargo ships. The most eye-catching vessel, visible in clear and sunny weather, was the first one that arrived at the weekend.
The 200-metre long flat-sided vehicle carrier, Mediterranean Highway, is registered in Panama and weighs over 55,000 tonnes, reports Wales Online.
The other ships are Whitstar (Great Britain), Golden Eagle (Marshall Islands), Sagar Samrat (Singapore), Bulk Endurance (Panama) and SSI Excellent (Marshall Islands).
It is not clear how long the ships, which vary in length between 75 and 229 metres, will be anchored in the Bristol Channel.
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