Bulk carrier St Gregory ran aground on Kokkala beach in Greece

St GREGORYThe bulk carrier St Gregory ran aground on Kokkala beach in south-eastern Peloponnese, Greece. The vessel was en route from Illichivsk to Tunisia, carrying 30,600 tons of sulfur, but most probably suffered technical problem and hardly stuck on the rocky beach of Laconian Gulf. The vessel passed Steno Elafonisou strait off Peloponnese peninsular and proceeded strait ahead to the Kokkala beach. The local authorities were informed about the accident and closely monitor the situation, as Greek Coastguard sent two patrol boats to the scene. It was estimated that vessel suffered breaches during the grounding and there is water ingress bulkhead.

There were no reported injuries among the 19 crew and no water pollution during the accident. The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the grounding. The area is closely monitored for environmental pollution and shipowner is negotiating refloating with salvage company, which will be done after underwater survey.

The bulk carrier St Gregory (IMO: 9414759) has overall length of 179.90 m, moulded beam of 28.40 m and maximum draft of 10.20 m. The deadweight of the ship is 32,688 DWT and the gross tonnage is 20,809 GRT. The bulk carrier was built in 2010 by Nanyang Ship Engineering in their yard in Jiangmen, China.