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SHIP NAME: Stena Vision KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
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VMAX TANKER OUT FOR MONTHS. Arlington Tankers has announced that one of its two 314,000-dwt shallow-draft V-Max crude carriers, the "Stena Vision", will shortly "commence a prolonged period of repair due to an engine maintenance program". The need was identified during the ship's first special survey, but there are no details provided. Maybe the engine manufacturer (MAN/B+W) will step up and tell us what's going on. May 19, 2006.

I have now heard that the problem is with the reduction gear, not the main engine: we still need to be told more by the manufacturer. May 20, 2006.


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The 2001-built 314,000 dwt Stean Vision experienced main engine problems whilst at Dubai undergoing routine drydocking. The vessel's B+W enignes required repair work and she is expected to be out of service for several months.


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This is disturbing news. Stena had to go public because the news could be considered material for the shareholders of the public entity, Arlington Tankers, through which the ship was financed. Under the Tromedy, we almost never hear about any sort of problem unless it actually causes a casualty, and often not then. At this point we dont know what the specific problem is -- these ships do not have reduction gears -- but we do know:

  1. Stena is one of the best tanker owners.
  2. The V-Max are twin screw built to better than industry standards.
  3. It is big. If the ship is already in the yard for the first special survey, an extra week or two to correct a pretty major problem could easily have been covered up. The Stena press release used the phrase "out of service for several months".
If Stena is having major problems with five year old power plants, we can be sure that many other owners are as well.

Stena announced the ship was back in service 2007-06-25 almost a year later. Several sources repeat the reference to a non-existent? reduction gear. There is a lesson to be learned here, but since the problem is cloaked in secrecy no way this will happen.