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Stellar Banner refloated three months after grounding

The 300,000 dwt very large ore carrier Stellar Banner, which had been stranded off Brazil since the end of February, has been refloated.

The 2016-built ship, owned by South Korean owner Polaris Shipping, ran aground on a sand bank off the Brazilian coast after leaving Vale’s Ponta da Maritime Terminal in the state of Maranhao. All the crew members onboard the ship were safely evacuated from the ship after the incident.

According to the Brazilian Navy, the vessel was refloated after the removal of around 145,000 tonnes of iron ore and 3,900 cu m of oil and it has been towed to deeper waters about 111 km from Sao Luis.

The vessel will undergo structural inspections with support of divers and a remotely operated submarine vehicle. A navy patrol ship is also on site to monitor possible oil leakage. Polaris Shipping reported earlier that the ship suffered damage to its bow.

Brazilian authorities have also started investigations on the environmental impact of the incident.

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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.
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