Bulk carrier Star Harmony aground in Bosphorus Strait

Star Harmony agroundThe bulk carrier Star Harmony suffered engine failure and ran aground in Bosphorus Strait. The ship was en route from Odessa, Ukraine to El Dekheila, Egypt, transiting in southern direction with pilot on board, but near Enikoy embankment lost propulsion power and stuck into the western bank of the channel. The ship hardly stuck and the accident was reported to the local authorities. The bulk carrier was under cargo and there was danger for the stability of the ship and the strength of the hull. There was no reports about underwater breaches and oil leaks, but refloating will be done at high tide and after underwater inspection.

The traffic at the area was not affected, as the bulk carrier Star Harmony is aground outside the fairway. The Turkish Coast Guard started investigation for the root cause of the grounding and will make special safety inspection of the ship. The salvage is under planning and will be done probably tomorrow, but might require partial offloading of the bulker. During the accident there were no injured people and no reported pollution.

The bulk carrier Star Harmony (IMO: 9284520) has overall length of 187.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 7.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 52,980 DWT and the gross tonnage is 29,372 GRT. The ship was built in 2005 by Oshima Shipbuilding in Saikai, Japan. The owner and operator of the bulk carrier Star Harmony is Greek company Dekoil.