The bulk carrier Sea Lady, carrying 43,700 tons of maize, ran aground at Skikda port in Algeria. The vessel was maneuvering to berth at the pier, but left the fairway and stuck at the terminal. The grounding hamper traffic in the port, but refloating was done just two days later after divers survey and high tide. There were were no reported damages and breaches of the ship, but the towing operation was complicated and in big danger for the environment. According to the local authorities, the grounding was caused by structural specifics of the bulk carrier Sea Lady, which make her prone to starboard yaw. Fortunately during the incident there were no injured people and no reported water pollution.
The traffic in the port was seriously affected by the grounding of the bulk carrier. At the scene of the troubled vessel were sent five tugs to assist, but refloating was not able before high tide. Fortunately the ship was towed to safe depth on February 16 and secured at the terminal of Skikda port in Algeria.
The bulk carrier Sea Lady (IMO: 9266188) has overall length of 189.80 m, moulded beam of 32.26 m and maximum draft of 10.80 m. The deadweight of the ship is 50,246 DWT and the gross tonnage is 27,986 GRT. The bulk carrier was built in 2003 by Mitsui Tamano Engineering and Shipbuilding in Japan.