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SHIP NAME: Genmar Kestrel KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 7
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150.000 dwt, 267mt M/T GenMar Kestrel, at anchor -- in collision off Egypt Feb. 4, with -- U.S. registered M/T Trijata -- vessels lost total of 1.500t. oil. M/T Trijata (ex-M/T Singapore) suffered Tank no. 5 torn open, none of 26 crew injured. Smit Salvage sending tugs for salvage.


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On 4 of February 2005, the Crude Oil Suezmax Tanker Genmar Kestrel (79553 GT, built 1989), collided with Crude Oil Suezmax Tanker Trijata (77387 GT, built 1991) off the Egyptian coast. As a result Genmar Kestrel reported a heavy list and engine break down at lat 31 45N, long 31 57.6E. It is estimated that approximately 6000 and 3000 barrels of light crude oil had been released to the sea from Genmar Kestrel and Trijata respectively. The salvors opted to tow the Genmar Kestrel close to Cyprus, in order to carry out transhipment operations to the Maltese Searacer.


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GENMAR KESTREL (Marshall I, 79553gt) Arabian Gulf to Italy was in collision with M/T TRIJATA (Singapore, 77387gt) 4-Feb-2005 about 27 miles north of Port Said, Egypt. Damaged were G-Kestrel’s stbdside tanks and TRIJATA’s no.1 portside tank. Both tankers spilled about 1,500 tons oil. Spill was contained and full-lightering operations by Smit Salvage is planned for both vessels.

Lonndon, Feb 8 - A press report, dated today, states: Egyptian authorities have begun cleaning up what remains of a 1,500-tonne oil slick caused by a collision between crude oil tanker GenMar Kestrel and crude oil tanker Trijata in the Mediterranean, an Environment Ministry spokesman says. A spokesman says a vessel equipped with suction hoses is being used to remove the remaining oil from the sea surface after heavy winds broke up the majority of the slick. Officials had feared the wind could drive the slick towards Port Said at the entrance to the Suez canal but an Environment Ministry statement says the slick is now a safe distance away. The spokesman says the clean-up operation should end later today because the remaining slick is relatively small. The tankers have remained close to the collision site pending investigations.

London, Feb 8 - Rough weather that held up the lightering of cargo from two tankers that collided off Egypt on Friday (Feb 4), was however, "good news" from the pollution perspective. "No oil has reached shore so far and the flip side of the bad weather is that it has significantly dispersed the spill," said a spokesman for General Maritime (Genmar), operator of one of the tankers involved in the incident. Genmar's tanker GenMar Kestrel was on a voyage from the Arabian Gulf to Italy for ExxonMobil when it was in collision with another suezmax, crude oil tanker Trijata of Indonesia's BLT. There have been no reports of any crew being injured on either vessel during the incident, which happened at night 27 miles north of Port Said. After leakage from both tankers was staunched at the weekend, the total spill was put at about 1,300 tonnes. An estimated 6,000 barrels came from Genmar Kestrel, which was damaged in number 4 and 5 starboard ballast tanks, as well as sustaining lighter damage to a centre cargo tank. Some 3,000 barrels also spewed from Trijata, which sustained a gash in its number 1 port tank. According to GenMar a full lightering operation is planned and Smit Salvage has been appointed as salvor. Aerial application of dispersal chemicals is being planned but a spokesman said that it was "not a massive spill" and the effects would also be mitigated as both tankers were carrying relatively light crude.


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London, Feb 4 -- Following received from Den Helder RCC, timed 2135, UTC: A call was received at 2045, UTC, from crude oil tanker GenMar Kestrel (79553 gt, built 1989), with 27 persons on board, reporting that it had been in collision with an unknown vessel. As a result GenMar Kestrel reported a heavy list and engine broken down in lat 31 45N, long 31 57.6E. Details passed to Egyptian Coast Guard who are investigating. (Note -- GenMar Kestrel sailed Ras Tanura Jan 24 and subsequently passed Port Said north Feb 4.)

London, Feb 4 -- Following received from Piraeus RCC, timed 2215, UTC: Master of crude oil tanker GenMar Kestrel reports everything under control. Vessel was in collison with crude oil tanker Trijata (77387 gt, built 1991), damage to that vessel not known.

London, Feb 5 -- General Maritime Management LLC reports that their managed vessel, crude oil tanker GenMar Kestrel, was reportedly struck by crude oil tanker Trijata in the Eastern Mediterranean. Early reports indicate that the collision occurred while the vessel was en route to discharge a cargo of arab light crude oil in Italy. There were no injuries to the crew and the engineering plant is intact and fully operational. The Master reports that the number five starboard ballast tank is the location of the collision and that it has been penetrated. The number seven centre cargo tank appears to also have been damaged with an estimated 6000 barrels of oil having been released. The extent of additional damage is unknown at this time. GenMar Kestrel is not in danger and the initial list that was reported is being corrected by the crew. General Maritime Management LLC and the technical manager of the vessel, GMM (Hellas) Ltd., Athens, Greece have contacted local authorities. GMM (Hellas) Ltd. emergency response plans have been implemented.

London, Feb 5 -- A press report, dated today, states: Singapore and US-based tankers collided off the coast of Egypt, resulting in a 500m3 spill of crude oil, management of the city-state's vessel said today. There were no injuries to the crew members as a result of the incident shortly before midnight on Friday (Feb 4), GBLT Ship management said. The spill from GBLT's crude oil tanker Trijata "has been contained and the vessel is safely anchored in Egyptian waters 45km north of Port Said," a statement said. The collision resulted in a gash in Trijata's number one port tank approximately five metres above the water line, it added. The US-based crude oil tanker GenMar Kestrel, also carrying crude oil, was reported to have lost 6 000 barrels of its cargo. A salvage crew was on standby to begin immediate clean-up operations as soon as it is given permission by the Egyptian Maritime Authorities, GBLT said. Trijata was two days into a voyage from Essider in Libya to Zhou Shan in China. Trijata is a single-hulled tanker last inspected by Shell on Jan 12. "It met all safety and operational standards," the statement said. A technical team was assessing the damage and a full investigation was launched to determine the cause of the collision. Trijata was carrying 24 crew members.

Cairo, Feb 6 -- A stiff breeze is blowing a 1,500-ton oil slick toward Egypt's Mediterranean coast near Port Said after crude oil tanker GenMar Kestrel and crude oil tanker Trijata collided about 14 miles from Damietta, the state news agency MENA said today. Egyptian officials went out to sea to inspect the slick, and a port official said the authorities would deal with the slick if it approached the harbour, the agency reported, adding that the north-westerly wind was blowing at 13 knots. According to this data, the slick will probably move toward the Mediterranean coast near Port Said," MENA quoted port official Rear Admiral Hisham el-Sarsawi as saying. The Egyptian authorities have demanded that the owners of the tankers give a written commitment to cover the cost of any damage to the environment, a government spokesman said. -- Reuters.

London, Feb 7 -- Understood salvage services are being rendered to crude oil tanker GenMar Kestrel under Lloyd's Open Form by Smit Salvage BV

London, Feb 7 -- A press release from P.T. Berlian Laju Tanker Tbk, owners of crude oil tanker Trijata, timed 2240, Feb 6 states: Crude oil tanker Trijata and crude oil tanker GenMar Kestrel were in collision at 2230, local time, Feb 4. Trijata lost 500 cubic metres (approximately 3,000 barrels) of light crude through a gash in its No.1 port tank five metres above the waterline. The vessel has been anchored securely in Egyptian waters and a technical team is currently assessing the damage to determine the scope of repair. All 24 crew members are safe and well. The spill has been contained and there is no danger to the ship. The vessel's managers, GBLT, are working with the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation on the recovery operation. A full investigation is underway to determine the cause of the incident.

London, Feb 7 -- General Maritime Management LLC reports Feb 6 that their managed vessel, crude oil tanker GenMar Kestrel, which was in collision with crude oil tanker Trijata Feb 4 at about 2045, UTC, is stable and no longer leaking oil. There were no injuries to the crew and the engineering plant remains fully functional. The earlier reported list has been corrected by the crew and the vessel is in no danger. It is estimated that approximately 6000 barrels of the vessel's cargo of arab light crude oil has been lost. Two ocean going tugs are standing by in attendance. Clean up operations have commenced. No oil has reached shore and arrangements are being made for the aerial application of dispersant material. Damage to the Genmar Kestrel is limited to the number 4 and number 5 starboard ballast tanks with additional slight damage to the number 7 centre cargo tank. Smit Salvage has been contracted by GMM (Hellas) Ltd. to act as salvors and their team is on site assessing the situation. Several vessels suitable to lighter the cargo on board the Genmar Kestrel have been located in the vicinity and arrangements are being made for a full lightering. General Maritime Management LLC and the technical manager of the vessel, GMM (Hellas) Ltd., Athens, Greece, along with their insurer, the UK P&I Club, and local authorities are actively participating in the clean up as well as the on going investigation into the cause of the incident.

London, Feb 6 -- A press report, dated Feb 5, states: Crude oil tanker GenMar Kestrel and crude oil tanker Trijata collided off Egypt's northern Mediterranean coast on Friday (Feb 4), causing an oil spill, Egyptian shipping sources said. One of the sources said the tankers collided in an area about 14 nautical miles from the Egyptian port of Damietta, adding that the collision occurred as a result of high winds in the area. The official Middle East News Agency said 1,000 tons (6000 barrels) of oil spilled from GenMar Kestrel, while 500 tons (3000 barrels) of light crude had spilled from Trigata. It was not immediately clear how much either vessel was carrying. The collision made a hole in GenMar Kestrel about three feet long by 14 inches wide, which was about 15 feet below the waterline, causing the oil to spill and creating a slick in the area, the source said. The source said efforts to control the slick had already begun. An official from the Suez Canal authority said it had sent a tugboat to track the movement of the slick, and to take precautions to prevent the slick reaching the canal and to help stop the pollution.


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In the case of the Genmar Kestrel (2005), a collision in the Mediterranean 30 nm north of Port Said, some 1500 tons of Arabian Light crude oil was lost.


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This is a rare case of two loaded crude tankers on complementary courses, Kestrel was outbound from Canal for Italy; Trijata headed for China inbound. But both tankers must have made very strong alterations to generate a port bow to starboard aft collision. Sounds like Trijata went hard starboard (for a port to port passage) while Kestrel went hard port (for a starboard to starboard). But since the flag state investigations have not been made public (as usual,) this is just a guess. It is possible there was some sort of steering failure. Nor do we know if there was any communication.

The description of the Kestrel's damage is clearly wrong. The Trijata claimed 1P was damaged 5 m above the waterline. This matches her loss of cargo and the collision scenario. The Kestrel claimed a 3 foot long, 14 inch wide hole, 15 ft below the waterline. This makes no sense at all. There is no way one ship can be damaged 5 m above the waterline and the other 5 m below, especially when both ships are about the same size and both are loaded. It is also inconsistent with the fact that the damage extended into 7C. The Kestrel was double sided. Kestrel's beam was 46.2 m, almost certainly a one-across ship. So the double sides must be at least 4 m wide and we know the damage extended into the center tanks. (CTX would love to know the real double side width number). Moreover, if the high point of the damage were this low, the loss from 7C would have been contained in tha double sides. Finally, the reported size of the hole is also inconsistent with the fact that the Kestrel had to be completely lightered and then required 645 tons of steel repair. The damage to the Kestrel was clearly far more extensive and higher in location than claimed. But as usual the real numbers have been concealed.

One across Marpol single hulls have perhaps the worst spillage characteristics of any tank arrangment. This ship had only 7 cargo tanks (plus slops). Counter-flooding to reduce the original list almost certainly increased the outflow, but the Kestrel crew probably needed to do this to restore power. Strongly suspect Kestrel's claimed spill volume is low.

Cyprus allowed the Kestrel to be lightered in the lee of the island. Kestrel then went to Hellenic (Greek shipyard) for 485 tons of steelwork.

Equasis has a Trijata with the right grt and flag, but calls it a bulk carrier. Was this an OBO or a conversion? Miramar says ship was built pure tanker.