Euronav VLCC grounds in Indonesia

A VLCC belonging to Euronav ran aground on Wednesday. The laden 299,445 dwt  Alex was en route to Ningbo in China when it ran into trouble in the Thousands Islands area of Indonesia.

Euronav has maintained 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 a statement.

Sources on the scene tell Splash that a significant portion of the cargo onboard will need to be taken off to refloat the ship.

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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