Update: Saga Falcon still aground

By Vessels

The general cargo ship Saga Falcon, which ran aground in Rio de La Plata estuary on October 26, has not yet been refloated. The vessel was en route from Setubal laden with a cargo of cement.

Having assessed the vessel following the incident, a hole in the bow was discovered. The Saga Falcon wasn't in danger of sinking as its pumps managed to cope with the water ingress but the traffic in the area was affected.

A company was contracted to repair the vessel on site. To the scene were dispatched three tugs - Tumbador 1 (MMSI 701006569), Tifon (MMSI 701006104) and Yagan (IMO 9343235), which ensured the stability of Saga Falcon.

Naval teams were sent to the area and are waiting for favorable weather conditions to start an operation of transferring the cement cargo to another vessel (Formosa H).

Currently, vessels are allowed to transit on both sides of Saga Falcon only at daylight and with fair visibility.

Saga Falcon aground

Image: Wolfgang Berthel

Video: Saga Falcon runs aground in Rio de La Plata