North Korean Ship Runs Aground in Gulf of Mexico

A North Korean freighter, the Mu Du Bong, sailing from Havana, Cuba has reportedly run aground in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, outside of the Mexican port of Tuxpan. 

The 1983-built ship passed through the Panama Canal before its scheduled stop in Cuba.

Mexican rescue workers were trying to refloat the vessel stranded in the Gulf of Mexico where it had planned to load fertilizer, authorities said on Tuesday.

According to Veracruz authorities, the captain of the Mu Du Bong was “disoriented” when the accident occurred. The freighter was empty, but specialized work will be needed to lift the 6,500-tonne ship from the sea floor.

It was not immediately known how long it would take to free the North Korean vessel and there were no immediate reports of injuries or other damage. Environmental officials are now investigating the reef for damage.

Story courtesy of the Maritime Executive, for the full article click here.

 July 16 2014 Mu Du Bong

 exactAIS® tracking of the Mu Du Bong entering into the Gulf of Mexico before running aground on Monday.

 

 

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