Holed Knutsen LNG carrier heads for Cebu for repairs

The Spanish flagged 173,400 cu m Sevilla Knutsen will dock in Cebu in the central Philippines today to undergo extensive repairs having hit a reef south of Guam last week. The ship suffered a gash on its bow and water ingress having smashed into an uncharted reef while in ballast from Japan to Australia.

Initially the damaged ship made for Guam, but the US Navy there rejected its entry and it then had to reroute for the Philippines where it is expected to spend at least a fortnight sealing up the damage done to the double hull.

The vessel is one of 11 LNG carriers in the Knutsen OAS Shipping fleet.

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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