Bulk Carrier Loaded with Soy Stuck at Santos Port

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On Monday, a ship reportedly got stuck in the seabed at a port.

What happened?

A ship carrying at least 30,000 tonnes of soybeans got stuck on the seabed when loading the grain at the Santos port in Brazil, authorities said on Monday.

Stuck at berth:

The vessel remains stuck at the berth of the Copersucar terminal, and port authorities said they could not estimate how long it will take to free the bulk carrier.

No injuries were reported in the accident.

Questions raised over reporting:

The Tong Shun vessel, flying the Panamanian flag, arrived in Santos on May 31 and got stuck on the seafloor last Thursday. It was not clear why authorities were only releasing the information on Monday.

Measures taken to free vessel:

Authorities could not immediately say what the destination for the cargo was.

Port officials said in an emailed statement that they were studying options on how to free the vessel.

Cargo stuck on ship:

Copersucar is a large sugar and ethanol company in Brazil. It operates terminals in Santos for sugar and also for grains. The company declined to comment or provide details on the accident.

Santos is the largest port in Latin America. It shipped 3 million tonnes of soy in April.

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Source: G1 – The Globo

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