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Huge ore carrier sinking in Atlantic. Desperate attempts to keep it afloat

Images of the STELLAR BANNER chartered by VALE capsizing at the exit of the channel of the Port of São Luis. Only 4 years old ship with 306 thousand tons of iron ore!

PortandTerminal.com, February 26, 2020

The ship MV Stellar Banner, which left Maranhão with a cargo of iron ore en route to China, suffered a breakdown on Monday night (24) and is in danger of sinking.

SAO LUIS, BRAZIL – VLOC bulk carrier STELLAR BANNER loaded with ore developed a heavy starboard side list, with her cargo deck partially under water, at around 0000 UTC Feb 25, north of Sao Luis, Brazil. 

The ship left the port of Ponta da Madeira, Brazil, on Feb 24, bound for Qingdao. Reportedly she suffered water ingress into the cargo hold or holds. A cargo shift if suspected as is a possible crack in the hull.

As of 1700 UTC Feb 26, the ship remains afloat, with AIS on. At least 4 tugs and SAR ships are engaged in salvage, it is said, that they’re trying to tow the giant ship to a sand bank to try to beach the ship and avoid a possible shipwreck.

Vessel details: VLOC bulk carrier STELLAR BANNER, IMO 9726803, dwt 30660, built 2016, flag Marshall Islands, manager POLARIS SHIPPING, Seoul.

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