Aye, take the tow and let the office argue the toss later.
I read the report years ago just after, shocking stuff. Shouldn't have been out there in that forecast.
The ship was brand new, the Chief Engineer who had stood by the build was sacked just before they left the yard, all that knowledge lost.
So much stuff was wrong on that voyage.
An old friend of mine from Torquay, now sadly deceased, sailed as Mate on a ship with an identical engine room from the same yard.
The company planned to run it without an engineer, madness of course. He was sent on an engine course at the yard and during it he was shown a reset button in the control console. The yard said they thought that it was not known about by the Union Star engineer and that was why the engine would not go again.
I was 2nd Mate, hove to in the Med a hundred or so miles East of Gib on a 100m coaster. A massive Westerly swell and gale had us stopped virtually with the waves breaking over each end of the ship and meeting in the middle when we were in the trough.
I was on from 22:00 until 03:00 that night, heard it on the world service bulletins. The Old Man was Dave Pascoe, he left us for the Scillonian, from Penzance, twas a solemn few days on there after that.
The sea demands respect.