Product tanker Sapphire troubled by rudder failures
Product tanker Sapphire ran aground on Weser approaching Brake on Dec 12, after rudder failure. Vessel was refloated and started moving, but rudder failed again, this time causing allision with a piling of the refinery Brake. Piling was damaged, tanker suffered damages to bulwark. Vessel was finally, moored with the help of the tugs, and detained for survey. She left Brake on Dec 15. Sapphire arrived to Braker with 9.500 tons of palm oil.