The general cargo ship Moon Step suffered mechanical failure and lost its steering in Aegean Sea off Andros island, Greece. The vessel was en route from Istanbul to Eemshaven, but after passing the Steno Kafirea strait the rudder pump blocked and the ship remain adrift. The weather in vicinity was fresh and there was no immediate danger for the seaworthiness of the ship. The accident was reported to local authorities, who were monitoring the situation and were ready to react in case of emergency. The shipowner through its agent contracted the salvage of the freighter Moon Step with the Vernicos Tugs & Salvage. Two tug were sent to the troubled vessel and take her on tow.
The traffic in the area is heavy, but was not seriously affected by the incident. Fortunately during the incident there were no injured people and no water pollution. The vessel will be repaired and inspected before return in service and resume the voyage to Eemshaven.
The general cargo ship Moon Step (IMO: 9177399) has overall length of 100.00 m, moulded beam of 16.00 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The deadweight of the freighter is 4,400 DWT and the gross tonnage is 3,796 GRT. The general cargo ship Moon Step was built in 1997 by Cassens Werft in Emdem, Germany.