The chemical tanker Bow Singapore grounded in Port Phillip Bay on 5 nautical miles off Rosebud, Australia. The vessel was passes through Victory Bight and headed to Geelong port in bad weather conditions, but lost maneuverability after broken valve in one of the steering gear pump. The ship was pushed by current and winds to the shore, east from the fairway, causing grounding grounded into a sandbar on 5 nautical miles from Rosebud. The incident was reported to the local authorities, but it was estimated the hull of the chemical tanker is not breached and there is no environmental danger for the Port Phillip Bay.
The pilot was on board of the vessel during the accident. The ship’s crew and pilot are waiting for high tide, when the refloating will be done. Two tugs were ordered to assist with towing the chemical tanker to safe depth. After refloating the ship will be anchored for special survey and isnpection, before dock at the Geelong port. The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way.
The chemical tanker Bow Singapore (IMO: 9288590) has overall length of 115.00 m, moulded beam of 19.00 m and maximum draft of 8.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 9,888 DWT and the gross tonnage is 6,219 GRT. The chemical tanker was built in 2004 by Fukuoka Shipbuilding in Japan. The owner and operator of Bow Singapore is Norwegian company Odfjell, which owns one of the largest chemical tanker fleets in the world.