The product tanker Sti St Charles grounded on Western Scheldt in Rilland area, while proceeding to North Sea. The vessel was loaded with 37,000 tons of fuel on board, en route from Vlissingen, Netherlands to Lagos, Nigeria, but got blackout and lest the fairway and stuck into a sandy shallow. Fortunately during grounding the vessel had just dead slow ahead speed and did not suffered damages. At the scene oif grounding were dispatched two tugs, which assisted with refloating. The product tanker Sti St Charles was anchored outside the fairway for inspection and underwater survey. After it was estimated that ship did not suffered any damages, the vessel was released to resume voyage to Nigeria.
During the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution. The traffic was slightly hampered during refloating, but without serious congestion. The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident.
The product tanker Sti St Charles (IMO: 9681144) has overall length of 183.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 11.90 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 49,990 DWT and the gross tonnage is 29,767 GRT. The ship was built in 2014 by SPP Shipbuilding Sacheon in their shipyard in South Korea. The owner and operator of the product tanker is Ceras Shipping.