VLCC crippled off Madagascar

Jul 28, 2003
Author: P&S

A 285,640-dwt tanker, the Singapore registered Napa has been prevented from continuing her voyage from the Middle East to the Gulf of Mexico after discovering oil leaking from a cracked tank.

The ship has since hove-to near the coast of Madagascar while waiting for another vessel to arrive before transhipping her cargo of 275,000 tonnes of crude oil.

Napa reported having developed a leak at the weekend while off the Mozambique coast en route to the Gulf of Mexico.

According to reports the ship is leaking from a stress fracture in the side-shell plate of No.4 tank, which began spilling oil into the sea, alerting the crew that something was amiss. Reports say the leak has been plugged and the ship is not thought to be in any immediate danger.

South African radio reported at the weekend that the ship had been refused permission to enter South African waters, but this has not been confirmed.

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