The LPG tanker Gas Pasha dragged anchor in Cork Harbour in southern Ireland. The vessel, which was in load, drifted towards the shallows bordering fairway and ran aground, reported touching the bottom at sand bank near Whitegate. The accident happened in rough weather and strong winds, which put the LPG tanker in immediate danger from capsizing and sinking. The accident was immediately reported to the local authorities and at the scene were called tugs, which took the vessel under control and prevented more serious accident. The LPG tanker Gas Pasha was refloated and secured at the anchorage again, being under monitoring of the local authorities and detained for underwater inspection.
The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident. The vessel is stable and without reported water ingress. There were no injured people and no water pollution during the grounding of the ship. During the accident, the vessel was en route from Cork to Falmouth.
The LPG tanker Gas Pasha (IMO: 9128685) has overall length of 96.00 m, moulded beam of 15.00 m and maximum draft of 5.40 m. The deadweight of the ship is 3,202 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,926 GRT. The tanker was built in 1995 by Kanrei Shipbuilding Sanmu, Japan. The vessel is operating under the flag of Panama and managed by Greek company Stealthgas.