Bulk carrier heading for shelter after explosion, fire, South Pacific

May 2 Alert: BERGE YOTEI (IMO 9866691) S Pacific NW of Magellan Strait, drifting since early May 2, from Argentina to Marsden Point New Zealand with cargo of soy, ETA May 22. May 3 Update: Under way since May 3, sailing to Chilean port.
May 5 UPDATE: The ship suffered fire and explosion early May 2, assumedly in a cargo hold. She’s heading for Talcahuano Chile, ETA May 6. As of 1230 UTC May 5, she was sailing at some 13.5 knots speed NW of Puerto Montt, Chile.
Bulk carrier BERGE YOTEI, IMO 9866691, dwt 63511, built 2020, flag Isle of Man, manager BERGE BULK MARITIME PTE LTD, Singapore.



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