The bulk carrier Sam Wolf ran aground on the beach of El Faro, Honduras. The vessel was approaching Puerto Cortes en route from New Orleans, when suffered steering gear failure and was pushed by the strong current out of the fairway. The ship hardly stuck into the sandy beach near El Faro and was unable to refloat by own power. The incident was reported to local authorities and towing tug will be dispatched to refloat the grounded bulk carrier. There are no reports about injured people and water pollution, but salvors will make underwater inspection before towing the vessel to safe depth.
The investigation for the root cause of the accident, showed that steering gear pump blocked, which caused grounding to the beach of El Faro.
The bulk carrier Sam Wolf (IMO: 9620176) has overall length of 190.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 11.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 57,200 DWT and the gross tonnage is 31,760 GRT. The ship was built in 2012 by STX Offshore and Shipbuilding in their shipyard in Jinhae, South Korea. The owner and operator of the vessels is SAM Shipping.