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Qatari LNG carrier holed in collision

One of the world’s largest LNG carriers has suffered a severe gash on its starboard side after a collision with a crude tanker off Fujairah.

Great Eastern Shipping’s Jag Laadki smashed into the side of the 210,000 cu m Al Khattiya, owned by Qatar’s Nakilat and operated by Shell, five days ago. No injuries or pollution was reported. However, two ballast tanks were ruptured with some ballast water pouring into the ocean.

The LNG carrier was at anchor having discharged its cargo when the accident happened. Shell is carrying out inspections on the damaged gas carrier at the moment.

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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