Bulk carrier Pola Palekh aground and blocked traffic on Beaufort Inlet Channel

Pola PalekhThe bulk carrier Pola Palekh ran aground in Beaufort Inlet Channel at the approach to Morehead City in North Carolina, USA. The vessel was carrying 35,800 tons of fertilizers, en route from Ashdod to Morehead, but at the approach suffered engine failure and left the shipping way, stucking into a sandbank. The crew was unable to refloat ship by own means and requested assistance from the local authorities. At the scene of the accident was dispatched harbor tug, which towed grounded bulk carrier Pola Palekh to safe depth. During the grounding there were no reported damages and oil leaks.

After the successful salvage, the ship proceeded to Morehead City and successfully docked there for unloading. The traffic on the fairway was blocked during the grounding and salvage, but later during the day shipping was resumed. The US Coast Guard ordered safety inspection for the seaworthiness of the bulker.

The bulk carrier Pola Palekh (IMO: 9674397) has overall length of 180.00 m, moulded beam of 30.00 m and maximum draft of 11.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 37,648 DWT and the gross tonnage is 24,199 GRT. The bulk carrier was built in 2014 by Qingshan Shipyard in Wuhan, China.