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.