A kamsarmax bulk carrier owned by Greece’s Transmed Shipping was hit by an explosion in one of its cargo holds while anchored at Paranagua Port in Brazil yesterday.
The 2013-built Akaki was loaded with corn and prepared to sail to Vietnam when the explosion occurred. There were no injuries and reports of oil split from the incident and the ship’s hull was not damaged.
The local port authority has started investigations into the incident and said the ship will remain at the port until investigations are complete, which could take up to 90 days. The vessel is believed to be chartered to Glencore on a timecharter at $8,600 per day.
According to the Administration of Paranaguá and Antonina (APPA), the explosion might be caused by gas generated by the cargo due to high temperature.