ECONOMYNEXT – MV Eurosun, a Liberian flagged vessel, which ran aground in shallows 5.5 nautical miles (10 kilometres) off Sri Lanka’s southern coast had refloated in high tide, the Indian Ocean island’s navy said.
Navy divers who reached the scene found a 70 metre stretch of keel resting on the rocky and sandy bottom, but it appeared un-damaged, the Navy said.
The 33,700 dead weight tonne tanker ran aground while carrying a cargo of cement clinker from Abu Dhabi to Trincomallee.
Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship ‘Samaraksha’ had taken officials from Marine Environment Protection Authority to ship.
Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship ‘Samudraraksha’ was also sent to with equipment to manage an oil leak.
The vessel had 700 tonnes of bunkers on board.
The tug Pandukabhaya from Hambanthota International Port Group has also come to help.
The bulk carrier had refloated during high tide. It had a crew of 15 Filipino nationals and 03 Ethiopians who were safe. (Colombo/Jan25/2021)