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.
On December 2, the 169 meter long, 27776 dwt bulk carrier Antaios caught fire in the South Atlantic between Argentina and South Africa. The fire started in the vessel’s engine room which resulted in a hull breach and water ingress. The Antaios sent out a distress call that was received by the NSU Inspire. The NSU Inspire arrived on site and rescued the 19 crew. No reports of injuries. The NSU Inspire proceeded to Cape Town where the Antaios crew was to disembark. The status of the Antaios was not known.