The bulk carrier Belle Rose ran aground on coral reef in Monad Shoal on 4 nautical miles off Malapascua Island in Philippines. The vessel was loaded with 48,000 tons of cement powder en route from Nantong, China to Cebu, Philippines, but due to human mistake grounded hardly into the coral reef and suffered sufficient damages. The hull’s bottom was breached and some compartments of the bulker were flooded, but vessel remained afloat. After grounding at the scene of the accident were dispatched tugs and salvors, who inspected the condition of the vessel. After underwater inspection it was estimated that hull was completely resting on the seabed and recommended lightering before refloating.
At the scene of the accident was dispatched sister ship of bulk carrier Belle Rose and started transfer of the product. The vessel remains at the same position and will be refloated at high tide during the next days.
The grounding of the bulk carrier Belle Rose damaged 483 meters of the coral reef on Monad Shoal. This is famous diving site known as one of the only places on earth where you can consistently spot thresher sharks in the wild. Fortunately during the accident, there was no oil leak and water pollution, but authorities are monitoring the scene of the grounding.
The bulk carrier Belle Rose (IMO: 9410600) has overall length of 183.00 m, moulded beam of 32.25 m and maximum draft of 12.00 m. The ship has deadweight of 50,472 DWT and the gross tonnage of 29,104 GRT. The bulk carrier Belle Rose was built in 2011 by Oshima Shipbuilding in their shipyard in Saikai, Japano. The owner and operator of the vessel is Japanese company Sun Shipmanagement.