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Incidents : Cargo ship Vera Su runs aground near Varna, Bulgaria ( Photos )

A cargo ship ran aground early this morning near Yailata protected area close to Kamen Bryag village, local media reports.

Turkish freighter sailed straight onto coast, Bulgaria

The ship, sailing under a Panamanian flag, was transporting fertilizers from Ukraine to Varna

Panama Flag

There is no spillage of fuel or other pollutants during the incident, and no members of the crew have been hurt, the prosecutor’s office says. 

An investigation is ongoing into the causes of the accident. The site has been inspected to establish whether there is evidence of a crime, and how the ship can be pulled from the rocks safely. 

Hull is said to be breached, but no leaks reported so far. The last AIS is 13 hours late, as of 1415 UTC Sep 20. Judging from the track, the ship was heading straight for the coast, though she should already change course. Bridge watch probably fell asleep. Turkish freighter is manned with Turkish – Azerbaijani crew.

’Marine Traffic reported: General Cargo VERA SU is currently located at BSEA – Black Sea at position 43° 26′ 38.868″ N, 28° 34′ 35.76″ E as reported by MarineTraffic Terrestrial Automatic Identification System on 2021-09-20 00:59 UTC (14 hours, 20 minutes ago)
Added: The wind in this area at that time blows from Southwest direction at force 3 Beaufort.
The vessel departed from YUZHNY, UA on 2021-09-18 20:27 LT (UTC +3) and is currently sailing at 7.8 knots with Southwest direction heading to VARNA, BG with reported Estimated Time of Arrival at 2021-09-20 10:00 LT (UTC +3) local time (8 hours, 20 minutes ago)
VERA SU (IMO: 8611219) is a General Cargo that was built in 1989 (32 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Panama.
Its carrying capacity is 3217 t DWT and her current draught is reported to be 4.7 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 89.21 meters and her width is 12.5 meters.

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