Bulk carrier ST. GREGORY grounding: June 21 Update
June 21: Bulk carrier ST. GREGORY was refloated and taken to Gythio anchorage, north of grounding site, and brought to anchor. Exact date of refloating unknown. As of June 21, vessel was at anchor off Gythio, with general cargo MEERDIJK at her side, seemingly moored, and two tugs. Most probably, lightering is under way. Master, officer and two deckhands said to be detained, suspects in negligence, which led to grounding. Salvage company was contracted, probably salvage still under way. Hull was breached, but there was no leak.
Bulk carrier ST. GREGORY hard aground, Greece
June 7: Bulk carrier ST. GREGORY ran aground on a rocky beach at Kokkala, Laconian Gulf, south-eastern Peloponnese, Greece, early at around 0230 UTC June 7, while en route from Ukraine to Tunisia, in load. According to AIS track, vessel didn’t change course after passing strait between southernmost Peloponnese and Kithira Island, heading straight for Kokkala. Reportedly, vessel suffered a breach on fire section, with ensuing water ingress. As of 1330 UTC June 7, vessel was in the same position. All photos full-scale can be seen here: http://www.zougla.gr/greece/article/afto-ine-to-fortigo-plio-pou-prosarakse-ston-lakoniko-kolpo