a bulk carrier ship in calm waters in rising or setting sunlight, mountaint in the background
the Achilles Bulker pictured in 2022 near nelson. Photo (c) Steven Watkins, all rights reserved.
Bulk Carrier Achilles Bulker, loss of rudder, near Tauranga Port, 24 July 2023
Occurrence Date
The circumstances reported to date are that the bulk carrier M.V Achilles Bulker, was departing Tauranga harbour at about 1530 on 24 July 2023 when it lost its rudder and subsequently suffered a steering failure in the main channel. The vessel dropped anchor and was later assisted by tugs to a safe anchorage without further incident.
In accordance with the IMO casualty code, the Commission has notified the vessel’s flag state Panama and invited their participation in the Commission’s inquiry.
[As initially reported. Subject to change. Not official Findings].