After the grounding of bulk carrier True Conrad (IMO 9778430) on May 10th at the exit of the access channel to the Companhia Siderurgica Terminal Nacional (CSN) in Sepetiba Bay in Ilha Grande Bay, off the coast of Brazil, damage was found to the ballast tank. The ship safely anchored close to buoys 1 and 2 for necessary repairs.
A Naval Inspection team was sent to the site to verify what happened and the ship’s structural integrity and documentation were inspected. At the time, no signs of pollution were identified.
The ship owner and the vessel’s Master have been notified to provide clarifications on the cause of the incident By May 16th the underwater repair of the affected ballast tanks has been completed.
Once the investigation is completed and the legal formalities have been fulfilled, the findings will be forwarded to the Maritime Court, which will handle the appropriate distribution and assessment and then pass it on to the Navy’s Special Prosecutor’s Office. The ship remained anchored off Itaquai as of May 26th.
The True Conrad had been leaving Itaguai with cargo of ore, bound for Singapore, ETA June 11th (IMN, May 19th).
India-based ship manager Synergy confirmed the bulker touched bottom in the early hours while leaving port in the navigation channel, with a pilot on board. “Soon after, the vessel anchored in a safe anchorage to assess the damage,” it said. The ship had suffered some underwater damage which had now been sealed. Further repairs were underway.
The True Conrad was understood to be operating for Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (CSN), Brazil’s largest steel producer, carrying thousands of tonnes of iron ore to Singapore.
The ship is owned by JP Morgan’s Global Meridian operation in Bermuda. It was bought from Greece’s Oceanbulk in 2021 for $55m.
2017-built, Liberia-flagged, 108,237 gt True Conrad is owned by Polar 20 Ltd care of manager Oceonix Services Ltd of London, UK. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (European syndicate) on behalf of Polar 20 Ltd. As of May 29th the vessel was at anchor in Ilha Grande Bay.