Bulk carrier disabled, drifting in stormy Aegean sea towards Peloponnese

Cargo ship with cargo of steel or iron suffered rudder failure in the morning Jan 6 in Aegean sea NE of Cape Maleas, southeast of the Peloponnese. Disabled ship is caught in severe storm raging over Aegean sea, drifting. Greek MRCC is monitoring situation, ready to intervene. Greek sources don’t reveal ship’s details other then her flag, Marshall Islands, cargo and countries of departure/destination. The ship is en route from Turkey to Argentina, according to all sources. There is one ship which fits description and available details, it’s Greek bulk carrier AELOS, the only difference being its’ destination, it’s Malta, according to AELOS AIS records. But Malta may be a transiting point, to get bunker or supplies or something else. So highly likely, distressed vessel is bulk carrier AELOS. The ship isn’t under command since around 0700 UTC, drifting in SSW direction, latest AIS position 3 hrs late, as of 1500 UTC.
Ships’ ID is not yet confirmed.
Bulk carrier AELOS, IMO 9228382, dwt 32256, built 2002, flag Marshall Islands, manager LEXANDRIA SHIPPING HELLAS SA.



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