Bulk carrier aground on Kaafu Atoll reefs, Maldives UPDATE refloated

Aug 30 UPDATE: Refloated at around 0900 UTC Aug 29, anchored at Male anchorage for investigation and is facing a threat of being held anchored until “compensation” for damaged reefs is paid, in sum of $6.5 mil. Ship’s owners have been given the option to pay a deposit of MVR 100 million ($6.5 mil), which would allow the vessel to depart from the Maldives before investigation is concluded.
No spill reported and there were none, fuel has been removed on the first stages of salvage operation.

Aug 20 UPDATE Company Statement:
Navios Shipmanagement Inc., operators of the Panama-flagged Bulk Carrier, ‘NAVIOS AMARYLLIS’ (9423487), regret to report that their vessel ran aground onto a nearby reef off The Maldives on August 19th.
All crew members are safe onboard and there have been no reports of any injuries. A full damage assessment is now underway, including in respect of the refloating of the vessel. There are currently no reports or concerns regarding the vessel’s water tightness nor of any pollution.
The vessel immediately notified the local authorities, as well as other relevant parties, of the incident, with the next steps now being to re-float the vessel.

Aug 19: Bulk carrier NAVIOS AMARYLLIS reportedly ran aground on reefs of Kaafu Atoll, Maldives, in the afternoon Aug 19. The ship left Tutikocin India on Aug 16 and was cruising in Maldives waters, awaiting orders. She’s apparently, in ballast.
Bulk carrier NAVIOS AMARYLLIS IMO 9423487, dwt 58735, built 2008, flag Panama, manager NAVIOS SHIPMANAGEMENT INC.



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