The Belgian shipowner Euronav contracted SMIT Singapore and PT Samudera for refloating of the grounded VLCC Alex, which hardly stuck in Indonesian waters a week ago. The accident occurred in Karimata Strait near Borneo and Sumatra in Indonesia during a voyage to Ningbo in China under full load. Shortly after grounding was estimated that vessel should lightened before being towed to safe depth, because of high danger for the vessel’s structure and heavy load on board. The salvage companies SMIT Singapore and PT Samudera Indonesia will carry out the refloating procedure, including ship-to-ship transfer of cargo, underwater inspection and towing.
Earlier, Euronav confirmed for the accident with grounding of VLCC Alex and said that vessel did not suffered breaches or structural damages. Also there is no report for water pollution and injuries. The root cause of the grounding is under investigation, but there was no technical failure during running to the shallow.
The very large crude carrier Alex (IMO: 9722924) was built in 2016 by Hyundai Heavy Industries in their shipyard in South Korea. The vessel is owned and managed by the Belgian shipowner Euronav, operating under the flag of Belgium. The ship has length of 333.00 m, beam of 60.00 m and draft of 20.00 m. The deadweight of the crude carrier is 299,446 DWT and the gross tonnage is 154,379 GRT.
More about the grounding of VLCC Alex:
Euronav’s VLCC Alex ran aground in Java Sea [14/04]