Taipei: Representatives of the Formosa Falcon have located a vessel to lighter the cargo from the grounded vessel. The Formosa Falcon has been grounded since 26 September off Grand Bahama with approximately 54,689.569 metric tons of alkylate on board. The lightering vessel, the Alga, is scheduled to arrive in Freeport Grand Bahama on Friday. The Alga is presently sailing from New York.
After three unsuccessful attempts to refloat the Formosa Falcon, a decision was made by the master of the vessel to lighter the ship of some its cargo to assist in refloating the vessel. It is anticipated that approximately 6,000-8,000 metric tons of the cargo will be transferred from the Formosa Falcon.
Once the vessel is successfully refloated, the vessel will be transferred into deeper water where a comprehensive underwater inspection will be carried out. Additionally, the area where the vessel was grounded will undergo a survey to determine the extent of the damage, if any, to the marine environment.
Safety precautions remain in place with one tug on stand-by and containment booms have been deployed. [02/10/13]