Tokyo Spirit refloated and being assessed for repairs

The Tokyo Spirit, a Teekay suezmax, which ran aground just outside a marine near Lisbon on Saturday, was refloated yesterday and has been towed to deeper waters for inspection with a view to possibly then taking the unladed ship to a nearby yard for repairs.

The 2006-built vessel ran aground in stormy conditions with gusts of wind topping 50 knots on Saturday.

The vessel’s shipmanager, Bernhard Schulte, has confirmed the ship was moved yesterday evening with the help of six tugs. No oil spill has been reported.

Teekay had only been in control of this ship, formerly known as Princimar Loyalty, for a matter of weeks when the accident happened.

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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