Update to the news release on ‘Liberian-flagged bulk carrier runs aground at Little Basses ’ on 24th January 2021

The high tide experienced last evening (24th January) refloated the bulk carrier MV Eurosun that ran aground on the Little Basses Reef, about 5.5 nautical miles (10km) off the southeastern coast of the island on 23rd January. Following the ship moved out of the danger, it was anchored in a safer area about 05 nautical miles southwest of the Little Basses Reef.

Meanwhile, Navy divers carried out another underwater inspection of the ship today (25th January) and observed slight damages to the ship’s keel that was creasing on the rocky and sandy bottom. Further, ship surveyors are to produce a report after analyzing those damages as directed by Director General of Merchant Shipping.

In the meantime, MRCC Colombo has informed the local agent of MV Eurosun to undertake repairs to the ship’s keel after it being taken in tow to the nearest harbour, as it is not advisable to sail the ship with its main engine.