Following the giant VLOC “Stella Banner’s” grounding on February 24, the 300.000 DWT vessel was intentionally sunk on Friday approximately 150km from Maranhão.
The Parana River is experiencing the worst low water levels in the last 50 years. According to the National Water Institute (INA) the rains in the high basin of the Parana River were below the normal average and similar dry conditions were recorded in the Iguazu River as well as in the Paraguay basin.
Salvors in Brazil managed to refloat Stellar Banner over three months after the VLOC ran aground. The ship has now been towed 60 miles off the coast of Maranhão, to undergo inspections.
SAMSA reported that the Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation VLCC Yuan Hua Hu experienced an unspecified engine problem while sailing in the Indian Ocean off South Africa, prompting an emergency response by multiple South African agencies.
NTSB published its report on the recreational yacht Silver Lining. The yacht, on July 23, 2019, hit a submerged rock southwest of the Hood Canal Bridge in Hood Canal, Washington. The vessel sustained damage to the hull, propellers, and rudders, and took on water. The eight people on board safely departed the vessel.
Folowing an accident between an Iranian and an Indonesian vessel, the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) issued a brief statement confirming that its container ship the Shahraz had grounded in the waters north of Indonesia.
As the Batam Traffic Services reported, an Iranian container ship involved in an incident with an Indonesian-flagged bulker in the waters north of Indonesia, where both vessels grounded.
The US Coast Guard hoisted two people to safety after their vessel ran aground at the Barnegat Inlet Jetty in Barnegat, New Jersey on May 6.
Transport Malta MSIU issued an investigation report on the grounding of the Maltese-registered container ship ‘APL Danube’ in April 2019. The investigation revealed that the route on the ECDIS had been deactivated, while the Captain was away from the console during ship’s manoeuvre.
In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB discussed about a small cargo vessel which grounded as the OOW on duty was watching music videos on his mobile phone and dod not observe the potential risk of grounding, when the vessel was set of the planned track by the tidal stream.
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