As predicted the crew of the Russian bulk carrier Kuzma Minin which went ashore on Gyllyngvase Beach before Christmas are low on food, writes David Barnicoat.

Currently detained by the Maritime Coastguard Agency for having a large number of defects, the bulk carrier remains moored to the casualty reception buoy in the Cross Channel.

The Falmouth Missions to Seafarers have gone into action to ensure the 18-man crew are well looked after.

The Mission sent out Christmas gifts for the crew on their Christmas on January 7.

Mission to Seafarers chairman Penny Philips, who was awarded a BEM in the New Year’s Honours, said: “We also supplied the crew with four brand new fishing rods, bait and floats to give them something recreational to do."

"We have arranged for a supply of fresh vegetables, fruit and dairy produce to be taken to the ship as their supplies are running low – enough for a crew of 18.

Captain Valerii of the Kuzma Minin sent the following message to Penny.– “Many thanks for your care of us”.

The Maritime Coastguard Agency promulgated a list of defects the bulk carrier had when she was inspected:

* Medical equipment, medical chest and guide - expired.

* Inflatable life rafts - expired.

* Seafarer’s employment agreement - expired.

* Provisions quantity – insufficient

* Line throwing apparatus – expired.

* Lifeboats damaged.

* Maritime Labour Certificate – expired.

* Cargo Ship safety equipment – survey overdue.

* Gyro compass inoperative.