The Greek Panamax bulk carrier Lyric Poet ran aground in South China Sea on 50 nautical miles off Pulau Belitung Island, Indonesia. The vessel was en route from Albany in Australia to Magong in Taiwan with ETA March 30, but stuck on the shallow in Indonesian waters. The ship stuck hardly and crew was not able to refloat her by own means. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene was sent towing tug, which should assist with refloating. The salvage operation will be performed at high tide, but the authorities requested underwater inspection before initiated towing of the ship to safe depth.
The root cause of the accident is unknown and under investigation. The circumstances around the accident are not clear. During the accident there were no injured people and no reported water pollution. The impact after grounding will be assessed after refloating of the troubled freighter.
The bulk carrier Lyric Poet (IMO: 9590577) has overall length of 229.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 11.10 m. The deadweight of the ship is 81,276 DWT and the gross tonnage is 44,203 GRT. The bulk carrier was built in 2012 by Hyundai Heavy Industries in their shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea. During the accident, the vessel was en route from Albany in Australia to Magong in Taiwan under cargo.