The bulk carrier Medi Portland grounded as it departed the Port of Portland in south-western Victoria.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority confirmed the vessel grounded on 21 February.

A spokesperson from the authority said AMSA detained the Panama-flagged Medi Portland immediately following the grounding incident.

“During pilotage operations while the vessel was departing port, it reported grounding near the main port breakwater not far from the berth,” the AMSA spokesperson said.

“The vessel was detained due to concerns over potential for damage to its hull and the associated impact on seaworthiness.”

The AMSA spokesperson said the vessel was released on 24 February after a diving inspection and confirmation from the vessel’s classification society that seaworthiness had not been adversely impacted.

Medi Portland (IMO 9782625) was built in 2018 and has a cargo capacity of 60,072 tonnes DWT. Its draught is 11.4 metres; it is 200 metres long and 32 metres wide.

Port of Portland declined to comment on the incident, but DCN understands the port is preparing an internal report on the incident.