A Team Tankers vessel carrying around 35,000 tons of vegetable oil has run aground offshore Uruguay.
The Siteam Anja, which is managed by Thome in Singapore, suffered engine failure after problems with the cooling system and grounded off Isla de Lobos near the popular tourist resort of Punta del Este.
Tugboats and a Uruguayan navy vessel were in attendance and responders deployed a containment boom although no fuel spill was visible. Lightering was being considered by the authorities.
As the cargo is vegetable oil and biodegradable, that poses no serious pollution threat.
The vessel was en route from San Lorenzo in Argentina to Rio Grande in Brazil.