Sao Paulo: A bulk carrier identified by local media as Sofia ran aground yesterday while leaving the Port of Paranagua en route to Santos.
The grounding was said to be caused by a mechanical failure, and the port entrances and exits had to be closed while the vessel was refloated which took around two hours.
The vessel was moved to the port outer limits and is now being inspected for damage.
Splash has earlier identified the vessel as Sofia R (36,093 dwt, built 2012) owned by Greece’s John J. Rigos Marine Enterprises. This information is incorrect. While the vessel was at the same port, it did not run aground the company confirmed.
Another vessel named Sofia (56,899 dwt, built 2011) is also in the area but Goldenport Holdings, the owner, says they aren’t aware of any incident.