Freighter disabled by bad bunker, another sank, both heading for Nigeria

General cargo ship KING 2 on Feb 18 went adrift off Gythio, Laconic Gulf, Peloponnese, Greece, with her engine disabled by poor quality bunker fuel. Master didn’t ask for assistance, awaiting bunker tanker to be refueled. As of 1445 UTC Feb 19, the ship was still off Gythio, probably anchored.
What’s interesting, is ship’s cargo and voyage. Just like the ship which sank on Feb 17 in Gulf of Sidra, KING 2 is loaded with gypsum, and is en route from Iskenderun to Port Harcourt Nigeria. The ship which sank in Gulf of Sidra, is also an aged freighter, even smaller than KING 2 (General cargo ship UK DIVERSITY, IMO 7359125, dwt 2753, built 1975, flag Palau). What’s going on?
General cargo ship KING 2, IMO 9071167, dwt 6984, built 1993, flag Comoros, manager INDIVIDUAL SHIPPING LTD, Greece (EQUASIS).



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.