Hellenic Carriers Limited reports that during the weekend the laden Panamax Bulk Carrier M/V ‘Hellenic Sea’, whilst navigating through an Amazon river passage, assisted by local river Pilots, was required to undertake manoeuvres in order to avoid a potential collision with an oncoming vessel and sustained hull damage after coming in contact with an unknown underwater object.
As a result of this incident there was water ingress limited to some of the forward compartments of the ship.
The vessel remains in the vicinity of the incident and a specialist salvors’ team has been appointed to assess the extent and nature of the damage sustained and the necessary repairs.
The Owners of the vessel have Hull and Machinery and Protection and Indemnity insurances in place.
No injuries, nor pollution to the local environment have been reported.