The ship had set out from the Port of Mukran on the German island of Rugen at the western end of the Baltic. The port promotes itself as having exceptionally good transport links. It is Germany's easternmost deep sea port.
The vessel had arrived off Workington 2days earlier where she waited for the final leg of her sailing.
The 85m, 2,650ton DWT vessel built in 1992 and registered in Archangel is owned by the Russian company 'Northern Shipping'. Although equipped with deck cranes these were not used to unload the cargo of granular fertiliser.
Once through the dock gates the bulky vessel took about 30min of careful manoeuvring to be brought alongside.