Champion Ebony

Champion Ebony

The 182 meter long tanker Champion Ebony ran aground near Nunivak, Alaska. The tanker was headed with 5400 tons of oil and fuel products when it touch bottom. The crew was able to refloat the Champion Ebony and proceed into deeper water. No reports of injuries to the 24 crew, damage or pollution released.

Benita

Benita

The 182 meter long, 44183 dwt bulk carrier Benita ran ashore south of Mahebourg, Mauritius.  The Benita was en route to Durban, South Africa from India in ballast when a brawl broke out between the chief engineer and another engineer on board the vessel. What has exactly happened is unclear, but reports state that the main engine was shutdown during the fight. The disabled bulk carrier continued to drift until it went hard aground on the rocky shoreline. Reports state that one crewman was flown to a local hospital for treatment. Booms were placed around the vessel in case any of the 125 tons of fuel oil is released. Authorities reported that the bulk carrier was hard aground and requires more than one tug to refloat. No word if any of the 23 crew of the Benita will be charged or fined for incidents on board the vessel.

 

Port De Mar

Port De Mar

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The 105 meter self-propelled barge Port De Mar ran aground on the Rhine just below Rheinkniebrücke near Düsseldorf, Germany. The Port De Mar, loaded with a cargo of coal, had struck bottom at the bow sustaining damage to the hull. The barge suffered water ingress, but the flooding was kept under control by the vessel’s pumps. Traffic was halted for a few hours until the Port De Mar could be refloated. Reports state the vessel berthed in Düsseldorf before proceeding to Neuss. No reports of injuries or pollution released.