Water is drained from Stellar Banner cargo hold

Salt water has been drained from one of the cargo holds of grounded VLOC Stellar Banner (IMO 9726803) the Brazilian Navy has said in an update.

Salvage company Ardent said that there was no change in the volume of water in the cargo holds.

The vessel ran aground off the Brazilian coast on February 24th, shortly after leaving Brazil-based miner Vale’s Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal.

The vessel remains stranded, with an inclination of 24.5º to starboard. The Brazilian navy has said that, according to surveillance footage from the aircraft monitoring the area, the situation remained stable, with no observed pollution.

The navy added that precautionary instructions on the coronavirus have also been sent to all the ships involved in the salvage operation.

2016-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 151,596 gt Stellar Banner is owned by VP-12 Shipping Inc care of manager Polaris Shipping Co Ltd of Seoul, South Korea. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of VP-12 Shipping Inc.