Piraeus, April 28th 2017
Following previous statements issued on April 13th and April 18th, EURONAV SHIP MANAGEMENT, ISM, managers of the M/T Alex (DWT 299,446), reports that their crude oil tanker which was involved in a grounding incident that occurred at approx. 10:15 UTC on April 12th is still safely aground at the same position between Borneo and Sumatra.
Continuous monitoring of the ship’s condition has confirmed no breach of hull, cargo containment or mechanical failures.
Since April 14th the Owners have contracted SMIT Singapore Pte Ltd. and PT Samudera Indonesia to undertake the refloating operation which will include lightening of the vessel by ship to ship transfer of cargo.
Various inspections and surveys including an assessment of the ship’s hull damage by Class have been completed.
On April 27th the Indonesian Authorities approved the proposed ship refloating plan and provided a permit for the lightening operation to be performed.
According to the current tentative schedule the lightening operation will start on May 1st, expecting the ship to be refloated by May 4th
M/T Alex Grounding Incident - Initial Statement
Piraeus, April 13th 2017
EURONAV SHIP MANAGEMENT, ISM managers of the M/T ALEX (DWT 299,446), reports that their crude oil tanker was involved in a grounding incident that occurred at approx. 10:15 UTC on April 12th.
The vessel, in laden condition, was sailing between Borneo and Sumatra on its way to Ningbo, China, when she ran aground on a soft mud bottom. No injuries or pollution have been reported while 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.
EURONAV SHIP MANAGEMENT has activated its emergency response plan and has notified all the relevant authorities; the emergency team is assessing the options for refloating the vessel.
Euronav NV press release