The Hellenic Coast Guard safely evacuated all 22 crew members of the bulk carrier Goodfaith that grounded yesterday on the northern shore of the Greek island Andros, the Aegean Sea.
18 crewmen were airlifted, while the local fire department coordinated the land rescue of the remaining four. The three tugs sent from Piraeus to aid the stranded vessel have arrived at the scene.
The coast guard reported a minor oil spill, which is currently being monitored by Andros Port Authority officials, and will be dealt with once the weather conditions improve.
Strong winds and high waves are still keeping the 27,308 dwt bulker pinned to the shore.
The 1994-built bulker ran aground shortly after midnight, February 11, while en route from the port of Eleusis to Ukraine’s port of Odessa.
In a distress call sent to the Coast Guard at around 1:30 a.m. local time, the captain of the Cuprys-flagged vessel reported the ingress of water and asked for evacuation.
World Maritime News Staff; Image and video source: HCG