On the 25th of January, the bulk carrier Zeus I lost power in bad weather in the Mediterranean Sea off Bordj El Bahri, Algeria.
The Zeus I had been asked to depart from Algier, as bad weather approached. The bulk carrier’s engines, however, began malfunctioning just 16 kilometers offshore and the vessel went adrift as waves began reaching 8 meters of height.
The crew immediately sent out a distress call resulting in a response from two helicopters, a naval ship and a tug. The naval vessel managed to connect a line and take the Zeus I under tow back to Algier. There have been no reports regarding injuries to any of the 21 crew members, sustained damage or pollution.
According to reports, at the time, the Zeus I was carrying a cargo consisting of 23, 800 tons of wheat.