On July 19, the 158 meter long, 16000 dwt tanker Nordic Wolverine ran aground in the Caribbean Sea off Barranquilla, Columbia. The tanker departed from Cartagena loaded with chemicals and arrived off the entrance to the Magdalena River when it ran aground off the breakwater. Tugs were dispatched but were unable to free the Nordic Wolverine. The tanker had gone aground on rocky bottom and authorities requested a special tug to pull it free.
The tanker remained aground six days until the tug arrived and were finally able to free the Nordic Wolverine. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
Reports state 2 freighters have gone aground in 1 week at the entrance to the port of Barranquilla, Columbia. The 40,709 dwt freighter Chios Wind went aground with 25,000 metric tons of grain aboard. The 53,632 dwt freighter Magnum Power was reporated aground earilier. The grounded vessels has blocked all commerical traffic to and out of the port. One report states the cause of the groundings is due to the build up of a sand bank at the entrance to the channel. Harbour officials have stated the cause was due to the current, the underpowered vessels and lack of seamanship of the masters of each vessel. A tug has been requested to help free both vessels. No reports of injuries or pollution being released.
The Cyprus UBC Tilbury went aground at the mouth of the Magdalena River near the port town of Barranquilla, Columbia. The bulk carrier was attempting to enter the waterway when it veered off onto a sandbar. Reports state that conditions were excellent with no wind or waves. A pilot was onboard when the vessel went aground. The UBC Tilbury left Santa Marta carrying 25,026 tons of corn and sorghum bound for Barranquilla. The vessel is listed as 182.9 meters by 28.6 at 24,140 tons.