April 26, 2013
Bulk Carrier "OCEAN BREEZE"
Pulled from Llolleo Beach
San Antonio, Chile
The grounding occured in
 August of 2012
Ocean Breeze
flagged from Hong Kong
is 30,067 gt.
IMO 9309667

A Total Loss

Countryman & McDaniel report


Tug Crew


Captain Billy, of Tug "RHEA" givea a thumbs up after they, with tug Puelo, pulled the Bulk Carrier "OCEAN BREEZE" from its grounding.

Taking a Pounding                                                                                                        Off Loading Cargo

Check out the cable car where they were able to unload 5 tons at a time. It took 15-20 min. per roundtrip, going 24 Hrs/day.  Amazing feat.

30,067-gt Hongkong flagged bulkcarrier Ocean Breeze (IMO 9309667), was pulled off the beach of San Antonio by the tugs Rhea and Puelo, which were supported by the Caballo de Trabajo, on April 26. Titan Maritime managed to free the ship after deballasting 48,000 tons of sea water, which had stabilized the ship on the ground. Five anchors had been installed on the seabed in a distance of 928 meters from the bow to the west, which helped pull the ship around. The vessel was moored 1000 meters off the beach in Llolleo. The operation went smoothly and was supported by good weather. [From our Senior Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen, 2-05-2013]
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Bulk carrier Ocean Breeze declared a total loss:  Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 9:36:00 PM

The owner of bulk carrier Ocean Breeze stranded on Llolleo Beach, Chile, since August 16, declared vessel a total loss, as the cost of salvage and repair exceeds the cost of the vessel. Insurers are to invite bids for the removal of the vessel, contenders are to submit a plan envisaging the disposal of the cargo left on board, some, 30,000 tons of wheat and soybeans. Tender is to be resolved in two weeks, said the maritime authorities of San Antonio.

Grounding news:  Bulk carrier Ocean Breeze aground and battered by storm, Chile
Bulk carrier Ocean Breeze drifted aground early in the morning August 16 after dragging anchor on the road off Chilean port of San Antonio in a stormy weather. Vessel arrived to San Antonio from Chilean port Arica and was anchored for already 2 days. Vessel drifted onto the Llolleo Beach and went hard aground on a sandbank. Chilean Navy helicopters rescued 24 crew members, most of them Filipino nationals. Vessel is loaded with wheat and soy beans. It is understood there is no salvage yet due to bad weather, forecast says the weather won’t improve until August 20 at least, meanwhile the vessel is being battered by waves risking serious damages. Bulk carrier Ocean Breeze IMO 9309667, dwt 52289, built 2006, flag HK, manager FEDNAV LTD, Canada.
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Captain Billy is holding their new MASCOT  "CHILE", named for the location the dog adopted the crew.

1ST Mate "CHILE" enjoying his new home.

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