The bulk carrier Nordic Odyssey ran aground at port of Liepaja, Latvia. The vessel was maneuvering to leave the terminal during the night, partially loaded with grain, but left the fairway and grounded into a sand shallow. The ship stuck hardly and was not able to refloat by own power. The accident was reported to local authorities, but it was estimated that bulker did not suffered any damages during grounding. During the morning, the bulk carrier Nordic Odyssey was towed to safe depth and anchored for further inspection and underwater survey. During the grounding there were no injured people and no water pollution.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. it was estimated that ship stuck into the shallow with pilot on board, after technical failure of the steering gear. The crew has no time to react and prevent grounding, which fortunately happened at slow speed. After refloating, the bulk carrier Nordic Odyssey will be inspected and will resume the voyage to USA.
The bulk carrier Nordic Odyssey (IMO: 9529451) has overall length of 225.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 11.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 75,603 DWT and the gross tonnage is 40,142 GRT. The vessel was built in 2012 by Oshima Shipbuilding in their shipyard in Saikai, Japan. The owner and operator of the bulk carrier Nordic Odyssey is Cyprus company Unicom Management Services.