Posted on October 02, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Panama-flagged Bulk Carrier, BUNUN ACE collided with a pier during the afternoon of October the 1st while attempting to moor at the port of Imbituba, Brazil.
The incident occurred at approximately 11:50 am, while the vessel was engaged in manoeuvres in an attempt to dock at the nearby pier.
The local Port Authority believes that the vessel crashed into the pier due to the presence of strong winds in the area.
Thankfully there was no report of environmental pollution or of injuries to the crew or harbour workers as a result of the collision.
Having said that, both the pier and the vessel suffered damages during the collision, but we have limited information as to their extent. According to local sources, the structural integrity of both the vessel and the pier has not been jeopardized.
An engineering team has been summoned to the site of the accident and has produced a detailed assessment of the damages so that repair work can promptly begin.
The Bunun Ace had been carrying salt imported from Chile and was expecting to unload 35,000 tons of cargo in the port.
The Laguna Ports Captaincy has opened a formal investigation into the incident.