Salvage of disabled tanker Orakai carrying 4800 tons of ethanol off Cartagena

Product tanker OrakaiThe product tanker Orakai lost propulsion power after engine failure on 15 nautical miles south off Cartagena, Spain. The vessel was en route from UK to Southern France, carrying 4,732 tons of ethanol. The crew reported about the accident to the local authorities and requested assistance due to safety reasons and approaching storm. The salvage operation was fast contracted with Salvamento Maritimo Spain. At the scene of the disabled vessel was dispatched salvage tug Clara Campoamor, which towed the tanker to Cartagena. The product tanker Orakai was docked at the Spanish port for repairs of the blocked engine. The vessel was inspected and attendants were satisfy by its seaowrthiness.

The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. During the outage of the propulsion engine, there were no injured people and no water pollution. The vessel was not in danger during any time, but the crew requested salvage due to coming bad weather and safety reasons.

The product tanker Orakai (IMO: 9402689) has overall length of 103.00 m, moulded beam of 16.00 m and maximum draft of 6.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 6,886 DWT and the gross tonnage is 3,953 GRT. The ship was built in 2008 by Xixiakou Shipbuilding at their shipyard in Rongcheng, China. The product tanker Orakai is owned and operated by the Netherlands company South End Tanker Management.