The general cargo ship Nabil J was washed ashore by the heavy winds and hardly stuck at the on Sidon’s beach in northern entrance of the Lebanon’s city. The vessel with 9 crew is aground in the city since April 24 and crew tried to refloat her at high tide and with assistance of two tugs, but the salvage attempts failed. The ship, which holds 7,000 liters of diesel, threatens the local environment, tourism and fisheries, due to increasing danger of leaks. The freighter Nabil J is stuck at the rock and the local authorities are not sure if they will be able to refloat the vessel at all. The winds during the last night have pushed the ship more and more towards the rocks of the beach pier.
The troubled general cargo ship Nabil J became attraction for the city, as even local businessman wanted to buy her and transform her to restaurant.
However, local residents are quite afraid from the environment pollution and appealed to local authorities and ecological organizations to assess the situation and take all the preventive measures against leaks.
Divers were sent at the scene of the grounding and inspected the underwater condition of the ship. It was estimated that vessel can be refloated at high tide with assistance of tugs, but the fuel tanks must be emptied due to risks for the environment. Rescue teams were currently waiting for a bigger tug to arrive from Jounieh port to help with towing the vessel to safe depth.
The general cargo ship Nabil J (IMO: 7125225) has overall length of 77.00 m, moulded beam of 14.00 m and maximum draft of 4.50 m. The deadweight of the freighter is 1,426 DWT and the gross tonnage is 1,773 GRT. The vessel was built in 1971 by Peters Schiffswerft in Germany.