Brazil

Debunkering to start for grounded Stellar Banner

Salvors will begin removing bunker fuel from Stellar Banner on March 10. The very large ore carrier (VLOC) had grounded off the coast of Brazil, on February 25. The ship was carrying iron ore.

Cargo vessel stranded near Brazilian port

On 4 March, a soy vessel has been stranded at São Francisco do Sul port, Brazil, Reuters reported. In fact, the vessel  “Aeolian Grace” was loaded with some 65.000 tonnes of soybeans, but a maneuvering problem resulted it unable to leave the port.

Brazil takes action to prevent spill from Stellar Banner

The Brazilian Navy informs that it collaborates with the Ports of Maranhão (CPMA), Vale S.A, Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama), Federal Police, Ardent Global, Environmental Management of Porto do Itaqui, State Secretariat for the Environment and Resources (SEMA) and Maritime Agents, to prevent pollution from the listing Stellar Banner.

VLOC develops severe list off Brazil after running aground

A giant VLOC loaded with iron ore experienced trouble off the coast of Brazil, raising fears that the vessel could sink. Namely, ‘Stellar Banner’ developed a severe list to starboard on February 25, after leaving the Vale-owned Ponta da Madeira terminal in São Luís, Brazil.

Captain dies after fire breaks out on board carrier off Brazil

Fire erupted on board the Greek-flagged carrier ‘Ore Sudbury’, in Guaiba, Brazil, on November 22. As the Hellenic Coast informed, due to the fire, the Captain died, while the rest of the crew are reported as safe. No pollution has been noticed neither.

Investigation finds cracks on Modec FPSO after oil spill

An investigation at the external tanks of FPSO ‘Cidade do Rio de Janeiro’, at the Espadarte field in Brazil, revealed cracks at the hull, the Tokyo-based operator MODEC informed.  Over the weekend, 1.2 cubic meter of residual oil leaked from the unit, which was recovered.

Two crew members killed on bulk carrier off Brazil

Two crew members were killed and another two were injured during cleaning a piping system onboard the Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier ‘AP Dubrava’ in the afternoon hours of Wednesday. At the time of the incident, the ship was sailing about 150 nm offshore Brazil.

Watch: Strong winds break mooring line

Winds over 80 km/h broke MSC vessel’s mooring line in Brazil. The vessel involved is the MSC Ajaccio and the incident took place at the port of Paranaguá in Brazil, on Sunday 4th of November. The rope snapped and it almost sounds like a gunshot going off.

Polaris Shipping’s VLOC suffers fire off Brazil

The 1994-built very large ore carrier ‘Stellar Samba’, owned by the South Korean company Polaris Shipping, was stuck for days off the Brazilian coast, after it sustained fire at its generator on 26 May. Initial estimations suggest that the fire erupted in one of the ship’s generators reportedly due to an oil leakage.

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