The chemical tanker Eko 5 lost steering gear in Aegean sea on 5 nautical miles west off Kythnosisland, Greece. The rudder pump blocked and steering failed, which forced the crew to reduce speed and to report the incident to the local authorities and coast guard. At the scene of the troubled ship was dispatched tug, which towed the tanker to anchorage and assisted to secure the anchors. After fixing the problem with the steering gear pump, the chemical tanker Eko 5 was inspected and released to return in operations. During the incident, the vessel was en route from Aspropyrgos to Heraklion, Crete and resumed voyage with speed of 9 knots.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. During the minor incident , there were no injured people and no water pollution. According to the company, the crew and vessel were safe during all the time and there was no immediate danger for the seaworthiness.
The chemical tanker Eko 5 (IMO: 8820121) has overall length of 88.00 m, moulded beam of 14.00 m and maximum draft of 5.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 3,229 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,041 GRT. The chemical tanker Eko 5 was built in 1989 by Fukuoka Shipbuilding in Japan. The ship is owned by Artemis Shipping Company and managed by Kinetic Shipping Co.