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Polaris VLOC to be scuttled off Brazilian coast

The Brazilian authorities have decided to sink the 2016-built very large ore carrier (VLOC) Stellar Banner off the coast of Maranhao. The giant ship has just been declared a total constructive loss and will trigger a sizeable insurance claim.

The ship, carrying iron ore to China, ran aground off the Brazilian coast at the end of February as the ship’s captain manoeuvered the bulk carrier onto a sand bank after it started taking on water.

The ship was refloated last week after the removal of around 145,000 tonnes of iron ore and 3,900 cu m of oil.

The Brazilian navy maintained that part of the cargo, which will remain on the ship, does not pose risks to marine life and human life. Several vessels including an AHTS, an oil spill response ship, offshore support vessels and patrol ships have been deployed to monitor the whole sinking process.

A recent inspection found the ship hull suffered about 25 m of breach but no oil leak. The remaining oil on the ship will be removed before the sinking of the vessel.

The federal police has started investigations for possible environmental crimes relating to the ship accident.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.


  1. 6/09/2020

    I find your articles to be both informative and very well written. Until recently, my practice was to share them with some 30 colleagues in the New York maritime community by incorporating (“cut and paste”) them into emails of my own. In doing so, I always give full attribution to SPLASH 247. However, your blog no longer allows me to “cut and paste”. Any chance the ability to “cut and paste” can be restored ?

  2. The federal police should ask to KOREAN REGISTER. They designed STELLAR BANNER and STELLAR DAISY.

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