The general cargo ship Isla Bartolome ran aground at coast of Isla Puna Island in Ecuador. The accident happened shortly after leaving Guayaquil en route to Galapagos Island with 160 containers of merchandise goods and foods. The freighter stuck in reef and suffered breaches of the hull, followed by massive water ingress and partial submerging. The accident was reported to the local authorities, coast guard and navy, who initiated salvage operations, sending at the scene tugs and rescue boats. The crew was evacuated from the cargo ship due to immediate danger of capsizing. The condition of the vessel is serious and before refloating, the holes should be patched and water from the holds to be pumped out.
The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident. The situation around grounding is unclear, as it happened either due to technical failure or human mistake. There are no reports for oil leak or water pollution. There was no dangerous cargo on board, as the containers were loaded with merchandise goods and foods.
The general cargo ship Isla Bartolome (IMO: 9469948) has overall length of 88.60 m, moulded beam of 15.20 m and maximum draft of 6.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 3,818 DWT and the gross tonnage of 3,079 GRT. The ship was built in 2013 by Western Marine Services in Chittagong, Bangladesh.