A 110,000 DWT Aframax tanker ran aground today (9 February) off the coast of Zeebrugge, Belgium, following what authorities said was an "engine blackout".
Eric Donnay of the EU Environment Directorate-General’s National Marine Environment Unit in Belgium confirmed to Tanker Shipipng and Trade that the Sea Bay had run aground in the early hours of Friday morning.
"There has been an incident off the Beligian coast this morning, off Zeebrugge, Mr Donnay said. "Fortunately, it was a gentle grounding without pollution or significant environmental risk.
"In fact, I have just been notified this afternoon that the incident was closed because the vessel has been able to repair its engine following the blackout and has been instructed to go to Westhinder anchorage nearby under its own propulsion. The vessel is travelling with the escort of tugs in case of further engine failure," he said.
The animation above provided by Genscape's VesselTracker software shows the course of Sea Bay before, during and after the grounding.
Ship tracking data from VesselsValue listed the Cyprus-flagged vessel as fully laden and underway from the UK's Hound Point Terminal, en route to Antwerp when it grounded on a sandbank in the early morning hours.
VesselTracker's AIS tracking showed Sea Bay had moved from the grounding site several hours later, reportedly with the assistance of four tugboats that refloated the vessel at high tide and towed it to safety.
Upon initial inspection, no damage to the vessel was found, though it will undergo further inspection in Zebrugge, according to ship-spotting reports.