The 38,801 dwt bulk carrier Fu Xing Hai has grounded at Martin Garcia Channel, between Argentina and Uruguay.
The 2016-built ship, owned by China’s COSCO Shipping Bulk, ran into trouble at km 105 of the waterway on July 16.
According to data provided by privately-owned shipping organization Agencia Maritima NABSA S.A., the bulker is obstructing the navigation in the channel as the traffic through the area where it ran aground is allowed for ships with a draft of up to 7 meters. The organization added that the vessels proceeding up River Argentina have to sail through the Emilio Mitre Channel.
AIS data from MarineTraffic shows that the vessel is still aground. Refloating operations are currently underway with the assistance of tugboats.
At the time of the incident the Hong Kong-flagged bulker was sailing from Uruguay’s Nueva Palmira port with Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands set as its final destination.
World Maritime News Staff