[Brief] A crew member aboard a Greek-operated bulk carrier was killed by an explosion and possible fire. The incident is believed to have occurred more than 700 nautical miles from Uruguay, but the vessel was under the country’s emergency jurisdiction, so the incident is being handled by the Uruguayan MRCC and the Armada Nacional (Marine ).
Media Says U.S. Coast Guard Received Information About Panama-Flagged Bulk Carrier Engine Room Explosion Zilos and forwarded it to Uruguayan officials for their response. The Zilos, built in 2000, is a 46,500 dwt bulk carrier reportedly carrying sulfur on a trip to Montevideo where it was due to arrive on September 10.
The Uruguayan Navy said in a statement that the MRCC station had been unable to contact the bulk carrier and broadcast a request for ships in the area to provide the necessary assistance to the bulk carrier. The Navy also hijacked one of its ships that was on SAR duty to investigate.
After about five hours, they said they contacted the captain of the Zilos who confirmed they had suffered an explosion in the engine room that killed a crew member and left the ship without power. He reported that they were able to resume operations and that the vessel was heading for Montevideo.
The Navy vessel ROU 23 Maldonado responded and would have escorted the bulk carrier to port.