Seven ballast tanks damaged on Sam Lion

Inspections of bulk carrier Sam Lion (IMO 9620164) have shown that seven ballast tanks, two diesel tanks and the cofferdam were damaged. Three ballast tanks were breached and the double hull penetrated.

Sam Lion ran aground on the rocks of Santa Isabel on July 2nd and was towed by two Salvamento Marítimo vessels to a berth at the Poniente dock in Ceuta. On August 3rd the ship sailed from Ceuta and docked at the La Cabezuela dock in Puerto Real.

The cargo, 40,000 tons of clinker cement, already overdue for delivery in Senegal, is being transferred from the Sam Lion to bulk carrier Sam Hawk (IMO 9637416). Sam Lion will then shift from Cabezuela to Navantia for repairs. The operation was supervised by the Maritime Captaincy, the APBC and Portillo.

2012-built, Liberia-flagged, 31,760 gt Sam Lion is owned by Sam Lion Inc care of Shipping Asset Management of Geneva, Switzerland. It is entered with Steamship (Smuab) (European syndicate) on behalf of SPV Sam Lion Inc.