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Video captures moment MOL ethane carrier comes close to major disaster

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) is in trouble in Egypt where 11-month old fully laden ethane carrier Ethane Opal grounded and collided into a ferry berth off Port Said.

Splash has obtained a video of the very large ethane carrier ploughing into a passenger dock on Monday.

The ship was carrying a full cargo of ethane from the US to India for Reliance Industries when the accident happened.

While the Suez Canal Authority was able to carry on handling a normal volume of traffic after the accident it is understood to be seeking $5m in damages to repair the quayside.

The Samsung Heavy Industries-built ship is currently anchored off Port Said and is understood to have suffered damages both from the collision with the dock as well as from grounding.

Splash is waiting for responses from MOL, the canal authority and the ship’s flag, the Marshall Islands.

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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