The Singapore flagged VLCC Napa is waiting off the coast of Madagascar
to tranship its 275,000 tonne cargo of crude oil to another ship,
following the discovery of a crack in the vessel's hull.
According to the vessel's manager, Worldwide, the 285,640 dwt
tanker was en route to the Gulf of Mexico from the Middle East Gulf
when the ship's crew spotted a sheen of oil leaking from the vessel.
The leak was traced to a crack in the side shell plating
of the No 4 starboard cargo tank
and is thought to have been caused by
"a heavy swell in the winter seas off Southern Africa".
Worldwide confirmed that the leak had been stopped
and the Napa was not disabled in any way.
However, the vessel will not complete its voyage and will instead proceed
"to a suitable port for inspection and repairs".
Worldwide chief operating officer Billy Chiu explained:
"In consultation with charterers, we have decided to curtail the voyage
and transship the cargo to another vessel."