Tanker CHEMROAD JOURNEY grounding Update June 18
June 18: According to salvage works plan, more than 200 tons of fuel were to be pumped into aft tanks in order to lighten and raise bow section of grounded tanker, on June 17. Some 10,000 tons of cargo, chemicals, are to be siphoned to a lightering tanker.
June 15: Vessel is aground in position 10 02N 108 58E, 28 nm south of Phu Quy island, Vietnam, South China sea. On June 14 a board of officials and experts, including SAR agency, local authorities and Coast Guard, visited grounding site. There’s no chemicals or oil leak and hopefully, there won’t be any, if salvage goes smoothly and no storm hits the area. Tanker is having 15 degrees portside list, two salvage options are under consideration: tilting tanker aft, thus lifting fore section, which is resting on bottom, and pulling tanker free by tug; or lightering tanker before refloating attempts. Salvage tug, understood of Nippon Salvage, was to arrive at grounding site in the evening June 14. On a photo CHEMROAD JOURNEY aground.
June 12 Update: CHEMROAD JOURNEY grounded on rocky bottom, suffering hull breach or breaches in ballast tanks area, tide drying may also add to portside 15 degree list. According to latest information, all 27 crew remained on board, because there is no imminent danger to vessel and crew, the weather is fine. Tanker is loaded with some 30,000 tons of chemicals, plus some 800 tons of fuel, no leak reported so far. Owner of the vessel contracted Nippon Salvage-Japan for salvage works, Vietnamese experts are already on the site, evaluating possible contamination risks, fore which job they need cargo specifications. Vietnam doesn’t have experience in fighting big-scale chemicals pollution.
Tanker aground, breached, South China sea
June 11: Product tanker CHEMROAD JOURNEY reported running aground in the morning June 11 some 28 nm south of Phu Quy Island, off Phan Thiet city, north of Saigon, Vietnam, South China sea. 27-crew vessel en route from Singapore to China, understood in load, probably breached, 15 degrees portside list reported. MRCC Vietnam launched SAR.