The 200 meter long, 61122 dwt bulk carrier Jobst Oldendorff caught fire while loading cargo at Port Arthur, Texas. The Jobst Oldendorff was unloading wooden pellets when a fire broke out on a conveyor belt. The fire ignited some 10,000 tons on the quay as well as some wooden pellets in the hold. The fire spewed out a dense cloud of black smoke.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze a few hours later, but both the berth and vessel sustained damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The Jobst Oldendorff will be inspected for damage before it leaves port. Details on how much of the 50,000 tons of wooden pellets were destroyed has not been released. Reports state an electrical short on the conveyor started the fire.
On February 2, the 190 meter long bulk carrier Alam Manis ran aground on Cargados Carajos Shoals off the northeast end of Mauritius. The bulk carrier was headed to Pipava from Richards Bay when it ran aground. Reports state that a salvage company has been contracted to refloat the bulk carrier. No further details reported.
The 187 meter long, 52980 dwt bulk carrier Star Harmony ran aground in the Bosphorus off Yeniköy, Turkey. The Star Harmony had departed from Odessa and was headed to El Dikheila with a cargo of 47,500 tons of corn when it suffered engine failure and ran aground just off the western shoreline. Authorities dispatched multiple tugs and patrol boats to the scene. Divers will inspect the hull for damage and tugs will begin salvage operations on the next high tide. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.