Posted on October 14, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Antigua and Barbuda-flagged General Cargo Ship, RHODANUS, ran aground on the southern coast of Corsica during the early morning hours of October the 13th.
The incident occurred near the Sicilian town of Bonifacio, at approximately 02:00 am in the morning.
The Rhodanus had been en route from Taranto, Italy to Rhone, France when the grounding occurred.
According to the local maritime authority, the vessel missed its turning point and headed straight towards the coast.
Local maritime authorities tried to communicate with the vessel but could not get through.
The vessel did not respond to traffic control radio calls and proceeded to ran aground at full speed.
The ship managed to get lodged in the sand without tilting. There haven’t been any signs of an oil spill, but anti-pollution measures have been deployed as a precaution.
Concerns have been raised due to the islands’ status as a Natural reserve.
"The ship is stuck in the middle of the islands of the Natural Reserve of the Mouths of Bonifacio in a protected area that is environmentally very sensitive. It (the ship) should never have been there. We remain vigilant," said the Director of the Natural Reserve, Jean-Michel Culioli.
Such incidents are usually the cause of alcohol or sleep deprivation. Maritime police have boarded the vessel in order to conduct a full investigation, while a French marine intervention team has departed from Toulouse in order to fully inspect the ship’s hull for damages.