Iran says Shahraz damage result of grounding, not collision

Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) has confirmed that its container ship Shahraz (IMO 9349576) grounded in the waters north of Indonesia near Sambu Island, but it denied that there had been a collision with bulk carrier Samudra Sakti I (IMO 9238258). that also grounded in the area.

“A ship from the Islamic Republic of Iran’s shipping fleet ran aground on May 12th while crossing the Strait of Singapore due to technical problems, but fortunately no casualties or environmental damage were reported,” IRISL said, adding that “the situation is now under control and the necessary measures are being taken to prevent possible environmental pollution and to make the ship getting floated again”.

IRISL asserted that the loss of the ship was covered under “credited international insurances.”

According to the Indonesian authorities the Samudra Sakti I was successfully refloated and moved to an anchorage. An inspection was ongoing, but there was no visible damage to this vessel.

There is visible damage to the Iranian vessel, which remains aground, although it cannot be deduced precisely what caused the damage.

Details of the extent of the damage and the definite causes of the accident will be announced after the investigations are completed. Currently, the priority was to salvage the ship, which remained stuck in the location.

Shipping in the area is proceeding uninterrupted.

2008-built, Iran-flagged, 74,175 gt Shahraz is owned by Kish Roaring Ocean Shipping Co care of manager Rahbaran Omid Darya Shipping Management of Tehran, Iran.

2001-built, Indonesia-flagged, 14,446 gt Samudra Sakti I is owned and managed by Lintas Maritim Indonesia PT of Jakarta, Indonesia. It is entered with Shipowners’ Club on behalf of PT Lintas Maritim Indonesia.