Teekay suezmax aground near Lisbon

Amid very rough conditions on the Atlantic this weekend a suezmax tanker grounded near Lisbon, Portugal, just in front of a marina. The Tokyo Spirit (149,996 dwt; built 2006) was unladen when it ran into difficulty with winds topping 50 knots off the Portuguese coast on Saturday.

The ship was acquired by Teekay this June as part of the Canadian firm’s 12-vessel acquisition of the fleet of Principal Maritime.

The ship is managed by Bernhard Schulte, who issued a release saying the 22 crew are safe and still onboard and there has been no reports of an oil leak.

Six tugs have been called into action and efforts are underway to refloat the vessel.


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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