Freighter Grinds to Halt off Mexico

Efforts are underway to refloat Mu Du Bong, a North Korean freighter that ran aground 7.5 miles northeast off the Port of Tuxpan, Mexico, on Monday July 14th, while sailing from Havana, Cuba, Reuters writes.

Veracruz state civil defense emergency chief Ricardo Maza stated that the ship’s captain attributed the accident to disorientation.

Mexican rescue workers are trying to refloat the stranded 6,700-metric-ton freighter which was supposedly on its way to pick up a shipment of fertilizers from the Port of Tuxpan.

“The boat is still there. Today we were hoping there would be better surf to be able to refloat it,” Maza said on Tuesday.

Environmental officials have also been dispatched to assess any potential damage to the surrounding reef.

No injuries, or any damages to the vessel have been reported so far.

World Maritime News Staff

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