Cargo Ship Drags Anchor and Runs Aground



Strong winds caused a large cargo ship to drag anchor and run aground near Livorno, Italy last week, but AIS data shows that as of Monday the ship had been refloated.

What happened?

On January 13, the 128-meter MV Sigma ran aground near the village of Ardenza, Italy due to winds gusting up to 50 knots.

No pollution or casualties:

The Italian Coast Guard said on Monday that all 18 crew members on board are safe and no pollution has been reported due to the incident.

The MV Sigma was later refloated with the assistance of tugs, early Monday morning.  Later the AIS data showed that MV Sigma was moored at the port of Livorno.

The grounding came on the 5th anniversary of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster in Italy.


After a day of preparation and attempts, the “Sigma” was refloated at midnight of January 15 from the beach in the district of Ardenza in Livorno.  The operation, coordinated by the port master in Livorno, had started at 7.30 p.m. and was carried out with the help of a tug from Gruppo Neri before the weather conditions could hamper.  On January 16, the ship was towed to the port of Livorno for safety checks and repairs and docked at Livorno Dry Docks by 3 a.m. local time.

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Source: il Tirreno


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