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:
Stena is one of the best tanker owners.
The V-Max are twin screw built to better than industry standards.
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.