Category Archives: Grounding

Fu May

Fu May
Photo: atribuna.com.br

On January 23, the 225 meter long, 76015 dwt panamax bulk carrier Fu May ran aground while approaching the port of Santos, São Paulo, Brasil. The Fu May was en route from São Francisco do Sul to Porto de Cigading with 66,000 tons of corn when the vessel veered out of the fairway and grounded in shallow water. No injuries to the 23 crew on board or pollution released. The Fu May was refloated on the high tide with the aid of three tugs later the same day. The bulker proceeded to anchorage off Santos where it could be inspected for damage.

Giessenstroom

Giessenstroom
Photo: bazonline.ch

The 110 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Giessenstroom ran aground on the Rhine at Brisfelden, Switzerland. The tanker had become stranded after a navigational error. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. A second tanker arrived on scene and lightered some of the 2,500 tons of diesel fuel off the Giessenstroom. The Giessenstroom refloated free a short time later. Traffic on the Rhine was halted 10 hours between Dreirosenbrücke and Birsfelden until the tanker could be freed.

USNS Sgt. Matej Kocak

Matej Kocak
Photo: US Navy

The 821 foot long. 24460 dwt logistics US Naval Vessel Sgt. Matej Kocak ran aground offf Uruma, Okinawa.  The container vessel stranded on a coral reef and was unable to refloat itself on the following high tide. Tugs were dispatched to help stabilized the vessel.  No reports of injuries to the 131 persons on board.  Reports state the vesssel hull had no damage and no pollution was released.