The 229 meter long, 81,531 dwt bulk carrier Cofco 1 ran aground multiple times on the Parana River this week. On May 25, the Cofco 1 had departed from Timbues, Argentina with a cargo of 40,000 tons of soybeans bound for Denmark when ran aground on the Parana River. The bulk carrier remained aground until the following day when a tug pulled it free. After an inspection found no damage, the Cofco 1 was allowed to proceed on its voyage. On May 27, the Cofco 1 ran aground a second time on the Parana River near San Pedro. The bulk carrier is awaiting assistance from tugs to be refloated again. No reports of damage or pollution released. Reports state the Parana River’s water level is near its lowest in 50 years. Authorities are expected to put limits on how much cargo will be allowed on bulk carriers.
The 126 meter long, 4673 dwt ro-ro cargo vessel Kompozitor Rakhmaninov ran aground on the Volga River off Astrakhan, Russia. The Kompozitor Rakhmaninov was proceeding in ballast for Olya when it veered off and struck the left bank. Unfortunately, the cargo vessel had only partially passed under a railroad bridge leaving it stuck. Reports state tugs were dispatched to the scene to assist in refloating the vessel. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The fishing vessel Grandpa’s Legacy ran aground in the Pigeon Hill Bay near Steuben, Maine. The lobster boat had been stolen by an individual from Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada and sailed across the border towards Maine. Canadian authorities sent out alerts that the vessel had been stolen. A Maine lobsterman spotted the Grandpa’s Legacy stranded an offshore sandbar partially aground. The United States Coast Guard dispatched a vessel to the scene. There the Coast Guard secured the vessel and held the individual on board. No reports of injuries.
Reports state the individual was sent back to Canada where he was taken custody by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.