In early October, 1980, the LNG LIBRA had loaded a full cargo of LNG at the Bontang Terminal
and was en route to Japan.
On October 3, 1980 at 0337 hours, the tailshaft fractured at a location within the stern tube,
disabling the vessel.
It was subsequently determined
that the unattached section of tailshaft and the propeller had shifted aft
until it rested against the rudder.
At that time the LNG LIBRA was about 22 miles off the east coast of Mindanao.
The Captain immediately notified the Energy Transportation Corporation office in Osaka
who in turn notified the headquarters in New York.
The weather was fair and the vessel proceeded to drift south along the coast.
It was at no time considered to be in imminent danger of grounding.
This paper describes in detail the subsequent emergency ship-to-ship transfer
that took place between this vessel and the LNG Virgo.
Paper delivered by:
(both of Energy Transportation Corp, New York)