GRIMALDI ro-ro cargo ship aground, Olbia

Ro-ro cargo ship EUROCARGO VALENCIA reportedly (confirmed by track) ran aground while entering Olbia port, Sardinia, Italy, at around 0215 UTC Jul 4, on arrival from Livorno. Strong wind gusts believed to be the main cause of accident, with coming low water she developed slight stb list and fore tilt. The ship ran into mussels farm and destroyed farm installations, causing serious material losses to mussels producers. As of 1430 UTC Jul 4, EUROCARGO VALENCIA was still aground, with 2 tugs assisting her in refloating attempts.
Ro-ro cargo ship EUROCARGO VALENCIA, IMO 9192959, GT 29412, built 1999, flag Italy, operator GRIMALDI.

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Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.