In the August 2018 edition of Sea Breezes, Keith Rickells wrote enquiring about a shipwreck in Malta.
The following information is from vesseltracker.com.
The Togo-flagged bunker tanker Hephaestus (IMO 6519326) ran aground in Qawra, northern Malta, near the area known as Is-Sikka l-Bajda, in a severe storm on 10 Feb 2018, after her anchor dragged in stormy weather at 3am. She was beached at 5.15am.
The seven crew members, including four Bangladeshis, two Russians and one Egyptian, managed to get onto the shore. The Bangladeshi Captain was the only one who was injured and was hospitalised after his rescue. The vessel, which was battered by heavy surf, lying broadside on the rocks, had no fuel cargo on board, but four cubic meters diesel. No environmental damage has occurred so far.
Transport Malta’s maritime pollution response team, together with the civil protection and the police, were on site since the morning hours and kept monitoring the vessel. The authorities were currently investigating the accident and planning a salvage operation that will be put in action as soon as weather conditions have improved.