The bulk carrier Belle Rose was refloated after grounding at coral reef in Monad Shoal, located on 4 nautical miles off Malapascua Island, Philippines. For lightering of the bulk carrier were used portable pumps, which discharged about 500 t of water from the fore ballast sections, which were damaged and flooded during grounding. After decreasing of the draft, the ship was pulled on 100 meters backward by three tugs of Malayan Towage and Salvaging Corp and anchored at safe depth. The vessel will be inspected by local authorities for seaworthiness, condition of the hull and engineering before released to resume voyage.
The bulk carrier Belle Rose grounded on coral reef at famous Monad Shoal, damaging 483 meters from world-famous diving site off Cebu. The vessel will be sanctioned for the caused environmental damages and for the salvage operation.
“The movement (backward) was due to high tide and the discharge of water from the forward section of the vessel”, said marine superintendent of the Malayan Towage and Salvaging Corp, Noel Kimmayong. The PCG-Cebu station commander Agapito Bibat also confirmed that three more portable pumps were used yesterday to discharge water.
Video from the complicated salvage operation at Monad Shoal:
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 vessel has deadweight of 50,472 DWT and the gross tonnage of 29,104 GRT. The owner and operator of the vessel is Japanese company Sun Shipmanagement.