Supertanker FRONT HAKATA under tow, destination China, dodging typhoons

Aug 22: FRONT HAKATA is under tow since Aug 20, port of destination Zhoushan-Ningbo, East China sea, ETA Aug 30. It is not clear, whether tanker was offloaded during her 48-hours stay at Tokyo Bay. She’s towed by offshore tug AKATSUKI (IMO 9728966), sailing in WSW direction at some 4-6 knots speed. Probably, such a wide berth to Japan islands is explained by typhoon SOULIK, raging in East China sea, and typhoon MARON, approaching southern Japan from southeast. Tanker presently, is reported as “disabled after engine failure”.

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