The 88 meter long, 3818 dwt cargo vessel Isla Bartolome ran aground off the coast of Isla Puna, Ecuador. The Isla Bartolome had departed from Guayaquil bound for the Galapagos Islands with 160 containers when it struck a reef. The vessel sustained multiple hull breaches allowing uncontrolled water ingress causing the vessel to develop a strong list to starboard. The crew of the Isla Bartolome sent out a distress call before abandoning ship as they feared the cargo vessel would capsize.
Authorities dispatched rescued boats and tugs to the scene. They found the Isla Bartolome in bad shape, but found the fuel tanks had not ruptured and no pollution in the water. No reports if the Isla Bartolome will be salvaged or scrapped.
The grounding of the Isla Bartolome has impacted the citizens living on the Galapagos Islands. Authorities will airlift supplies and perishable food to the island.
The 93 meter long, 2703 dwt reefer Frio Confidanze caught fire while berthed in a shipyard in the Guayas River at Guayaquil, Ecuador. The fire was started by a spark while crews were doing repair work. Local fire brigades were requested and it took over three hours before the fire could be brought under control. No injuries reported.
The 74 meter long, 1648 dwt general cargo vessel Floreana ran aground off the Galapagos Islands near Baquerizo Moreno. The Floreana was en route from San Cristobal with 1400 tons of various cargo supplies bound for Puerto Ayora when it grounded in an area known dangerous for navigation. The vessel hull was breached and suffered water ingress. The Floreana’s engine room flooded. Authorities responded to the scene quickly. Booms were placed around the vessel to contain any pollution. A barge was requested to help unload the vessel’s fuel tanks and 300 tons of cargo from the vessel’s hold. No reports of injuries. Reports state two tugs were requested to help assist in salvaging the Floreana.