The bulk carrier Grand Amanda ran aground in Scheldt at the approach to Terneuzen, Netherlands. The vessel suffered blackout and lost propulsion power at the separation scheme at the approach to Port of Terneuzen, leaving the shipping way and grounding into a sandbank. The accident was reported to local authorities and at the scene of the troubled bulker Grand Amanda were dispatched eight salvage tugs. The bulk carrier was refloated after several hours at high tide and secured at the anchorage near the grounding site. The local local authorities ordered special survey and inspection, which estimated there were were no damages of the ship during the accident. Later the during the day the vessel entered the port and docked for unloading of the cargo of iron ore.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. There were no injured people and no water pollution. The traffic at the shipping way was disturbed during the grouding and further salvage operations, but there were no large congestion.
The bulk carrier Grand Amanda (IMO: 9566813) has overall length of 229.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximumd raft of 12.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 79,467 DWT and the gross tonnage is 43,501 GRT. The ship was built in 2011 by Jinhai Heavy Industries in Zhoushan, China. The bulk carrier Grand Amanda is operting under the flag of Hong Kong and managed by the Chinese shipping company Grand China International Shipmanagement.