General cargo ship Sigma ran aground at Livorno

Sigma agroundThe general cargo ship Sigma ran aground at Livorno beach in Italy. The vessel, carrying cargo of grain, was at anchor near the coast, but during the storm adrifted to the shore and hardly stuck into the rocky shallow. The crew reported about anchor dragging to the local authorities, but port tugs were late with attempts to avoid grounding. There were no reported damages and water ingress, but salvage operations are hampered by the bad weather and strong winds. According to local authorities there is no immediate danger for the seaworthiness of the general cargo ship Sigma, so the crew was not evacuated. The ship will be refloated at safe depth after weather improves and after inspection for damages.

The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. Exact details were unknown, but vessel dragged anchor during storm with gust winds with speed of 50 kts. Fortunately there were no injured people and no reported water pollution.

The general cargo ship Sigma (IMO: 9350537) has overall length of 128.00 m, moulded beam of 18.00 m and maximum draft of 4.40 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 10,131 DWT and the gross tonnage is 6,070 GRT. The ship was built in 2005 by Zhejiang Fanshun Shipbuilding Industry in Yueqing, China. During the accident the cargo ship Sigma was en route from Venice to Livorno, waiting at anchorage to dock at the port.