Bulk carrier Tong Shun breached after resting bottom at berth in Santos port, Brazil

Article credit –  Viliyana Filipova Maritime Herald


Bulk carrier Tong Shun suffered water ingress after touching the bottom at berth in Santos port, Brazil. The half-loaded vessel was docked to load 30,850 tons of soy near warehouse 21/22 in the port, but stuck on the bottom at the berth with depth of 13.20 m. In result part of the hull breached and some ballast tanks started flooding. The accident was reported to local authorities and divers were sent at the scene to assess the damage. The cargo handling operations were stopped during estimation of the breaches. Moreover, local authorities laid oil booms around the vessel, as a precaution in case of oil leak. Technicians were also sent at the scene of troubled bulk carrier Tong Shun to check if all ballast pumps are working correctly.

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Image Credit: Navio graneleiro encalha em terminal do Porto de Santos, SP (Foto: G1 Santos)

Sao Paulo Ports Authority and Brazilian Navy, informed that it sent experts to the vessel and opened an Administrative Inquiry on Accidents and Facts of Navigation (IAFN). The investigation has an initial duration of 90 days and may be extended for the same period if there is a need.

“So far, there is no report on the conditions of the hull. There is no reported oil pollution from the vessel”, says the statement of the company operator of the dock.

The further salvage will be considered after assessing the damages and the seaworthiness of the ship. There were no reported injuries and water pollution during the incident.

Bulk carrier Tong Shun (IMO: 9646211) has overall length of 229.00 m, moulded beam of 32.00 m and maximum draft of 13.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 81,162 DWT and the gross tonnage is 44,090 GRT. The vessel was built in 2014 by Jiangsu Jinling Ships in their yard in Yizheng, China.


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The 32,688 dwt vessel, which grounded on the Kokkala beach, was carrying a crew of 19 seafarers, none of whom were injured in the incident, according to the Hellenic Coast Guard.

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The coast guard added that there were no reports of water pollution at the site. Divers inspected the vessel, finding breaches to the hull, and the coast guard informed that there were reports of water ingress.

At the time of the incident, the bulk carrier was on its way to the port of Sfax in Tunisia, after departing the Turkish Istanbul Anchorage on June 5. According to AIS data provided by MarineTraffic, the 2010-built ship, which was scheduled to arrive at its destination on June 9, is still grounded at the site.

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Hellenic Coast Guard informed that the bulker is laden with 31,000 metric tons of sulfur.

Local authorities are monitoring the site, while booms were placed around the 180-meter-long ship to prevent the spread of any possible pollution. The exact cause of the incident is under investigation.