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SHIP NAME: Phoenix Beta KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
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Partial lightering is required to re-float a Greek-operated aframax tanker which grounded in Venezuela’s Maracaibo channel on Monday. Authorities in Venezuela are confident that the narrow channel, which is notoriously hazardous to shipping, will be fully re-opened by Saturday as partial restrictions remain in place for vessels with a draft of over 37 feet, Reuters reported.

A suitable vessel is being sought to lighter about 20,000 tonnes of crude oil from the 104,700-dwt Phoenix Beta (built 2003) which ran aground in strong currents and windy conditions. The Hong Kong-flagged vessel is said by Reuters to be under charter to Swedish oil company Nynas with a cargo of 70,000 tonnes of crude destined for Sweden. Reuters quotes port captain Edgar Gonzalez as saying the re-floating operation will begin on Thursday and should take 24 hours. However, if a suitable transfer vessel is not found the operation could be extended. Costis Protopapas of the vessel's operator, Phoenix Energy Navigation of Piraeus, was not available for comment on Thursday. The Phoenix Beta operates in the Aframax International (AI) pool and is classed by ABS with P+I cover from the UK P+I Club


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4 April 2007 - 18 April 2007

Tanker ‘Phoenix Beta’, carrying 66000 tonnes of crude oil, grounded shortly after leaving Maracaibo (Venezuela). On April 4th SMIT Salvage was contracted on basis of Lof 2000 to refloat the grounded vessel. A 6-man salvage team and equipment was mobilised to the vessel.

After part of the cargo, some 21000 tonnes, was transferred to a lightering tanker, the vessel was successfully refloated with the aid of 5 tugs from the Venezuelan partner company Terminales. After the cargo was transferred back to the Phoenix Beta, the vessel was able to continue its original journey to Liverpool, UK.


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Surprisingly little info on this grounding. Not even sure of date. Ship has a good port state record. But according to Equasis she was inspected at Corpus Christi on 2007-04-09, which does not seem to be consistent with the above information. For now assuming hull was not penetrated.

104,707 dwt ship with only 66,000 tons on board would have a draft of roughly 9 m (30 ft) which is way below the 37 to 39 ft limit. Maybe she was too light, and the wind took over. (LBP 238, beam 43)