Suezmax oil tanker in load still aground at Port Said entrance UPDATE refloated

Suezmax crude oil tanker ASTRO PERSEUS reported aground since 0800 UTC Feb 9 at Port Said entrance, looking like she strayed off fairway prior to grounding, probably because of some steering/engine failure. Several tugs were trying to refloat laden tanker during the day Feb 9, but all attempts failed, salvage suspended at night until daytime Feb 10.
Tanker is en route from Ust-Luga Russia to China, i.e. she’s loaded with crude oil.

Feb 10 0915 UTC UPDATE: Tanker still aground, with at least 4 tugs deployed in refloating.

Feb 10 1540 UTC UPDATE: Was refloated at around 1430 UTC, as of 1540 UTC slowly moving to deeper waters, either by moved tugs or under own power escorted by tugs. No doubt she’s to be anchored and surveyed, most probably by divers.

IMRRA, FleetMon’s official Vessel Risk Rating Partner, risk assessed this tanker as having a GREEN risk rating, with a specific risk rating of 31% (23-JAN-20), compared to the fleet average 35%. New risk assessment reports can be purchased via FleetMon.
Red: Poorest performing; Amber: Average value; Green: Good indicator.

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