The Capesize bulk carrier Citius ran aground after engine failure and losing propulsion power at Seine meander, between Le Havre and Rouen, France. The vessel was proceeding upstream, suffered mechanical failure and remained adrift, but was too big to handle safely in river narrows and hardly stuck at the mud shallow of the buoy of Quillebeuf. The accident was reported to the local authorities and tugs were dispatched at the scene immediately. Unfortunately the initial salvage operation was unsuccessfully and authorities dispatched more towing tugs. The stern was pulled out of the mud, but the low tide interrupted the maneuver and the bow was be refloated at high tide.
The Capesize bulk carrier Citius was towed to safe depth and then turned around. The vessel was pulled back to the Seine Container Terminal in Le Havre where was berthed. The ship was detained until further special survey and safety inspection.
The traffic on the Seine between Le Havre and Rouen was blocked after grounding. There is some congestion during the the accident, but the traffic was released shortly after refloating of the bulk carrier.
The Capesize bulk carrier Citius (IMO: 9398694) has overall length of 288.00 m, moulded beam of 45.00 m and maximum draft of 12.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 170,024 DWt and the gross tonnage is 88,479 GRT. The bulk carrier was built in 2010 by Songdong Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in Tongyoung, South Korea. The owner and operator of the ship Citius is the Greek company Enterprise Shipping and Trading.