On February 6,2003 single hulled oil tanker "ARENDAL"
loaded with 106,000 tonnes of crude oil was detained at Sullom Voe in Shetland
after deficiencies were found by a Maritime and Coastguard Surveyor
during his inspection of the vessel.
The "Arendal" is a Norwegian registered oil tanker,
235 metres in length that belongs to Arendal Holdings in Norway.
Initially, members of the crew contacted the owners of the vessel
in Norway, after finding cracks in the vessel.
The owners then requested a Classification Society Surveyor from Sweden
to go to Shetland to inspect their tanker.
He discovered cracking on deck in way of No 3 starboard water ballast tank.
The harbour authorities at Sullom Voe then contacted the Maritime and Coastguard Agency
who sent a surveyor to also inspect the vessel who has confirmed the findings of the class surveyor.
The vessel has now been placed under detention at Sullom Voe until the vessel can be discharged
and further assessments can be made with regard to further action on repairs to the vessel.