Bulk carrier MV Eurosun runs aground off Sri Lanka coast
ECONOMYNEXT – MV Eurosun, a Liberian registered 33,000 dead weight tonne bulk carrier has run aground off Sri Lanka’s southern coast while carrying a cargo of cement clinker, Navy spokesman Captain Indika De Silva said.
The vessel was en route to Trincomallee from Abu Dhabi carrying a 33,000 tonnes of clinker when it appeared to have run aground on a reef, he said. Clinker is used to manufacture cement.
“Our biggest concern is whether there is an oil leak,” he said.
The crew has indicated that they could not see a fuel leak.
Sri Lanka Navy had dispatched a ship and a Dvora fast attack craft with two diving teams to examine the hull, he said.
The ship had run aground about 13 miles of Sri Lanka’s Yala coast near the Little Basses Light house, in a areas referred to as Middle Basses, he said.
The reason it ran aground or why it was sailing so close to the shore is not clear, he Captain de Silva said, but its 18 crew was safe.
According to Marinetraffic.com the ship has a draft of 10 metres. (Colombo/Jan23/2021)