A fight has recently occurred on board a 44,000 dead-weight tonnage bulk carrier, which has caused the vessel to run hard aground and injuring one crew member, according to gCaptain.
It was reported that the fight allegedly took place aboard the Liberian-flagged MV Benita among crew members as the ship was sailing from India to Durban, South Africa.
The ship ran aground in Mauritius after the fight was said to have been sparked by the Chief Engineer locking himself in the engine room, who was arrested by the National Coast Guard shortly after.
This incident follows recent news that an APL containership had to be grounded in a controlled manner on its approach to the Port of Southampton, with no damage reported.
The bulk carrier scenario highlights the importance of deploying appropriate safety measures aboard ships to ensure that the risks of any further damage are eliminated.
Seafarers pay an important role for delivering the world’s goods, and with the Day of the Seafarer approaching, it is a time for showing appreciation for seafarers globally.