FRONT LORD (Singaporean-registry 149,000-gt, 284,497-dwt tanker built in 1991), operated by Frontline Management)
suffered hairline cracks in cargo tank No. 4 following Beaufort Force 9 winds
and seas up to 10 meters/33 feet for 48 hours in the Atlantic Ocean.
As of 18 Feb., an 800-meter/2,600-foot wide slick trailed the ship 15 kilometers/9.4 miles.
It has 263,000 tons of Brent blended crude oil aboard for Galveston,
Texas, but only 10 tons of oil was reported lost.
On 19 Feb., Portugal denied permission for the Front Lord to enter a port in the Azores Islands.
At last report, the Front Lord was 400 kilometers/250 miles west
of the Azores and headed for Ponta Delgada in the Azores.
A Portuguese Navy vessel has been shadowing the Front Lord
and a Portuguese Air Force aircraft has monitored the ship as well.