Bulk carrier Marine Stars still at anchor
Bulk carrier Marine Stars is reported to be refloated after offloading of part of the cargo early in Sep. According to AIS at 0530 UTC Sep 8 vessel was anchored south of Oinousses island, east of Chios, Aegean sea. I’ve got a letter from a yachtsman who witnessed salvage and made a pic of a grounded vessel.
I'm a boater, I sailed in Greece near the island of Chios between 8/22/2014 and 8/29/2014, I went near the boat named MARINE STARS aground near the island of 'OUNISSES. I am surprised that this vessel is also approached near the coast (less than 1 nautical mile).
On the island of Ounisses one resident told me that the owner was a native of the island and the captain was Filipino. The cargo would have failed on shoals not listed on such charts, here are the depths of over 50 meters. I am also surprised by the position of the cargo, I do not think he was able spun around even after its grounding, but it was apparently a road at 360 degrees, which is the reverse of its normal route to go to Iran.
There was a fleet of tugs and crane to unload the cargo, but the 08/29/2014, when we moved nearby (300m), the cargo had not changed his line Flotation, visible on the front of underwater vessel but at its rear. I saw the article you published on FLEETMON, and I think it is very mysterious! In Greek local and national press, there is apparently no information about the accident, I think there is a desire to hide the accident, there is surely a risk of polution, even if we have not overview of oil around the boat.
Unlucky stars of m/v Marine Stars – two groundings, engine failure and probable violation of EU sanctions
Bulk carrier Marine Stars ran aground in Dardanelles on Aug 16 after anchor dragged. Vessel had to anchor after engine failure, at around 1440 LT, in narrowest area of the strait, between Çanakkale and Kilitbahir. Vessel was soon refloated and resumed voyage, but didn’t sail too far, though. At around midday Aug 17 vessel ran aground off southeast coast of Oinousses island, east of Chios, Aegean sea. Vessel suffered a breach in forepeak area with water ingress.
Reportedly vessel is loaded with 31261 tons of grain, being en route from Russia to Iran, meaning that the vessel loaded the grain in Russian port in Black sea. AIS history didn’t reveal any port of call in Black sea, AIS signal disappeared after vessel left Iskenderun on July 27, and reappeared in Istanbul on Aug 15. Russian system recording all ship calls in all Russian ports didn’t register Marine Stars calls in any Russian port in August. Presumably vessel switched off AIS before entering Black sea, to hide her track. Most probably, vessel was loading grain in a Crimean port (the main Crimean port for loading grain of Crimean origin is Sevastopol, Avlita Terminal, and Crimea has a very good wheat harvest this season), which is strictly prohibited. It’s a violation of the EU sanctions and Ukrainian laws with a high probability of possible prosecution. Seems like there is no lucky star among stars of Marine Stars.
Bulk carrier Marine Stars, IMO 9330109, dwt 53565, built 2006, flag Bahamas, manager AEGEUS SHIPPING SA, Greece.