Bulk carrier aground, South America UPDATE refloated

Jul 19 1530 UTC: Refloated at around 1400 UTC Jul 19 with the help of 2-3 tugs, but didn’t resume voyage, proceeding towards nearest port, Rio de la Plata, extent of damages if any, unknown.

Jul 17: Bulk carrier in full load ran aground in the afternoon Jul 16 in South America East Coast waters. As of morning Jul 17, was still aground, no news on salvage yet.

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