Bulk Carrier Runs Aground in Greece


In the early hours of June 8, 2017, a Bahamas-flagged bulk carrier laden with sulphur reportedly ran aground off Greece.

What happened?

The bulk carrier St Gregory ran aground on Kokkala beach in south-eastern Peloponnese, Greece.

The vessel was en route from Illichivsk to Tunisia, carrying 30,600 tons of sulfur, suffered technical problem and reportedly got stuck on the rocky beach of Laconian Gulf.

The vessel passed Steno Elafonisou strait off Peloponnese peninsular and proceeded straight ahead to the Kokkala beach.

Water ingress reported:

The local authorities were informed about the accident and closely monitored the situation, as Greek Coastguard sent two patrol boats to the scene.

It was estimated that vessel suffered breaches during the grounding and there is water ingress bulkhead.

Investigation launched:

The local authorities initiated investigation to determine the root cause of the grounding. The area is closely monitored for environmental pollution and the shipowner has been in negotiations to refloat the ship with the help of salvage company, which will be done after underwater survey.

Fortunately, no injuries or pollution to the environment was reported during the incident.

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Source: Pireasnews


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