STS transfer of cattle from grounded vessel off Chile

A ship-to-ship transfer operation was continuing this week in the wintry waters of southern Chile to rescue some 200 cattle stuck in trucks on roro vessel Coyhaique (IMO 8009026) that grounded and listed last week after the ship’s master apparently hanged himself.

Ro-ro Coyhaique ran aground near Huichas island, Aysen region, Chile, early on July 3rd while en route from Puerto Chacabuco to Puerto Montt. There were 19 passengers and 18 crew on board. There was one fatality reported. The hull was breached and the engine room flooded. All passengers and crew were evacuated.

The first cattle were taken off the Coyhaique roro earlier this week after the navy had stabilized the ship and moved it to a more sheltered location. A series of smaller vessels were coming alongside the ship and the cattle were being moved, slowly, to a nearby port. About 40 of the 244 cattle were understood to have perished so far.

Local authorities were reportedly looking at the possibility of sanctioning the ship’s owner, Navimag, over the accident and the conditions under which the animals were being transported. The accident happened in a remote part of Chile. There were unconfirmed reports of oil pollution. A boom has been put around the ship.

1983-built, Chile-flagged, 7,765 gt Coyhaique is owned and managed by Navimag Carga SA of Las Condes, Chile. It is entered with Standard Club (International Division) on behalf of Navimag Carga SA.