Euronav readies to refloat grounded VLCC

Euronav’s 299,446 dwt VLCC Alex, which grounded in Indonesian waters a week ago, remains stuck, but the Belgian owner has contracted SMIT Singapore and Samudera to refloat the tanker. As first reported by Splash, the ship will need to be lightened and a ship to ship transfer is being planned.

Euronav said there has been 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.

Tank inspection with the presence of a class surveyor took place today.

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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