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.