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Bulker runs aground off Greece, crew rescued

Athens: Bad weather has caused a Cyprus-flagged bulker to run aground off the Greek island of Andros, the Greek coastguard said today.

All of the 22 crew onboard the Goodfaith (27,300 dwt, built 1994) have been evacuated by helicopter.

The vessel (pictured), which is operated by Athens-based Starmarine Management, was grounded off the northern coast of Andros at 01:34hrs local time on Tuesday, the coastguard said.

Winds in the area are reported to have been between forces 9 and 10 on the Beaufort scale at the time of the grounding, but are now between forces 8 and 9.

The Andros Port Authority has despatched an anti-pollution vessel to deal with a small spill from the stranded bulker. The coastguard said the vessel had suffered ingress of water.

A Lloyd’s Open Form salvage agreement has been signed between a salvage company and the ship’s operator.



Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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