2006-built aframax sent for scrap following engine fire

The owners of an aframax that suffered an engine room fire in December have decided the comparatively youthful tanker is not worth repairing.

Universal Tanker has pocketed $5.59m from the decision to scrap the 2006-built Marquessa. The 104,591 dwt ship has been sold as is in Manila.

The vessel was towed to the Philippines after being hit by an engine room fire on December 8 off southern Taiwan while ballasting from China to Singapore.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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