The product tanker Gazela lost propulsion power after engine failure off Luanda, Angola. The vessel was en route from Cabinda under ballast, but when approaching the port of destination suffered mechanical problem and remained adrift. The weather in vicinity was fresh, but currents pushed the tanker toward the shore. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene was dispatched salvage tug Maltratug 18, which assisted and towed the disabled vessel to Luanda. The product tanker was anchored off the port until the engine is repaired and pass the safety inspection. The ship’s engineers ordered missing spare parts and the ship will remain at the anchorage some several days, delaying from the schedule.
There were no reported injuries and no water pollution. The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident.
The product tanker Gazela (IMO: 9525572) has overall length of 109.00 m, moulded beam of 14.00 m and maximum draft of 4.40 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 6,488 DWT and the gross tonnage is 4,242 GRT. The tanker was built in 2010 by Desan Shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey.