Grounded VLCC salvor appointed- STS agreed

Apr 21 2017

At the time of writing, the laden Euronav Ship Management’s 2016-built VLCC ‘Alex’ remained safely aground on a soft mud seabed between Borneo and Sumatra.

Continuous monitoring of the ship’s condition confirmed that there were no breach of hull, cargo containment, or mechanical failures, the company claimed.

On 14th April, the owners contracted Smit Singapore and PT Samudera Indonesia to undertake the re-floating operation, which will include lightening of the vessel by ship-to-ship cargo transfer.

Three days later, following meetings with the Indonesian Authorities, including Euronav representatives, contractors, H&M and P&I insurers, the necessary arrangements for anti-pollution, fire-fighting and security at the location were agreed.

Furthermore, permission to start a diving survey was granted and subsequently commenced. Tank inspections with the presence of a class surveyor were planned for 19th April.

The loaded VLCC ran aground on 12th April in soft mud while transiting between Borneo and Sumatra on her way to Ningbo, China.

No injuries or pollution were reported during the incident, Euronav said.

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