Laden VLCC Softly Aground in Indonesia

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By MarEx 2017-04-13 20:04:31

Euronav’s crude oil tanker Alex ran aground on Wednesday while sailing between Borneo and Sumatra in Indonesia.

The 299,445dwt laden VLCC was headed for Ningbo, China, when she ran aground on a soft mud bottom. Euronav Ship Management has issued a statement saying that no injuries or pollution have been reported, and the vessel remains safely aground in good weather. 

“No breach of hull, water ingress or mechanical failure are apparent in the assessment made by the crew, while the Class surveyor is expected to board as soon as possible,” said Euronav in the statement.

The company has activated its emergency response plan and an emergency team is assessing the options for refloating the vessel.

The 330-meter (1,083-foot) vessel was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in 2016.