The Euronav’s very large crude carrier Alex ran aground in Java Sea. The accident occurred near Borneo and Sumatra in Indonesia during a voyage to Ningbo in China under load of crude oil. According to the officials from company operator, the ship is soft aground in mud shallow without suffered breaches and underwater damages. The accident was reported to the local authorities, which are regularly inspecting the ship and assess the possible refloating options. There were no reported injuries and oil leak from the very large crude carrier Alex during the incident. All the emergency teams and procedures of the company were activated, taking necessary actions to prevent possible leak and safely refloat the vessel.
“No breach of hull, water ingress or mechanical failure are apparent in the assessment made by the crew, while the Class surveyor is expected to board as soon as possible”, said the official statement of Euronav. “The emergency team is assessing the options for refloating the vessel and activated an emergency response plan and notified all relevant authorities:”, adds the company operator.
The very large crude carrier Alex (IMO: 9722924) has overall length of 333.00 m, moulded beam of 60.00 m and maximum draft of 20.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 299,446 DWT and the gross tonnage is 154,379 GRT. The vessel was built in 2016 by Hyundai Heavy Industries in their shipyard in Gunsan, South Korea. The very large crude carrier Alex is owned and managed by the Belgium company Euronav and operates on the SPOT market.
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