A&A Multiprime has recently warned of a possible grounding risk at Barranquilla, Colombia. In the last month three vessels have grounded in the Magdalena River while entering the port of Barranquilla.
This is the result of an excessive amount of sediment being carried into the channel by the river and without sufficient dredging operations to deal with the problem.
Masters should ensure that pilots are using the most recent local bathymetric charts and that echo sounders are used while passing through the channel. Furthermore, it is very important that ship’s officers on the bridge work closely with pilots at all times.
Source: Steamship Mutual