Liberia-Flagged Bulker Runs Aground off Brazil

A Liberia-flagged bulk carrier has ran aground in Paranagua Bay off Pontal do Sul, Brazil.

The 2011-built vessel, identified as Sofia, was heading from Parangua to Santos when it got stuck in the sandy shallows on Tuesday.

Initial reports from the Port Administration of Paranaguá and Antonina (APPA) indicate that the vessel suffered an engine failure while steering out of the port.

As the ship was unable to refloat under its own power, two tugs were dispatched to the scene and managed to refloat the bulker.

The two tugs moved the ship to a safer depth off Parangua where the ship remains anchored today, according to Marine Traffic’s data.

There were no injuries reported to the crew, however, the vessel will have to be repaired before it resumes its voyage.

World Maritime News Staff

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