LNG carrier Sevilla Knutsen damaged after grounding in North Pacific

Sevilla KnutsenThe LNG carrier Sevilla Knutsen stuck in reef or atoll in North Pacific during a voyage from Japan to Australia. The accident occurred on April 17 and tanker suffered significant damages to the hull, including breaches and water ingress. The vessel remained afloat, but some ballast tanks were flooded. The crew succeeded to control the situation by ballasting and restricted prevented a more serious accident. The ship was refloated by own means and proceeded to American Naval Base in Guanon, but the US military banned ship from entering and offered evacuation of the crew. The vessel was not in distress and rejected the proposal, changing course with reduced speed to Cebu, Philippines.

The LNG carrier Sevilla Knutsen is proceeding through Philippines Sea with Restricted Manoeuvrability. The local authorities were informed about the condition of the vessel and estimated that there is no immediate danger for the crew. The tanker is expected to dock in Cebu in April 24.

The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident. According to the crew, the vessel grounded in reef or atoll, which was not included in the charts. Further details will be estimated in the process.

The LNG carrier Sevilla Knutsen (IMO: 9414632) has overall length of 290.00 m, moulded beam of 46.00 m and maximum draft of 10.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 97,730 DWT and the gross tonnage is 110,920 GRT. The tanker was built in 2010 by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in South Korea.