Fire-damaged aframax tanker reaches port in Las Palmas

Athens: Atlas Maritime’s aframax tanker Lady M was finally accepted into the port of La Luz and Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, yesterday after a fire onboard immobilised its engines on May 14.

Four tugs assisted the stricken Lady M (115,400 dwt, built 2003; pictured) to the port, local press reports say.

Inspectors from the Las Palmas Port Authority boarded the vessel off the coast of Gran Canaria to check the vessel’s condition and verify that it matched the description given to them by the shipowner.

Atlas is reported to have arranged for a shipyard in Las Palmas to repair the tanker, which is laden with 90,000 tonnes of petroleum products, to allow it to resume its voyage to Houston as soon as possible. Repair work is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete.

Lady M was in the North Atlantic, south of the Azores, when the fire onboard immobilised its engines.

Atlas said the fire was quickly extinguished by the crew, who are all reported to be safe and unharmed.

The ship’s hull is intact and undamaged, the Athens-based carrier said.

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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