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SHIP NAME: Polar KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
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London, Mar 6 -- A press report, dated today, states: An oil tanker (?crude oil tanker Polar (83866 gt, built 1987)) carrying one million barrels of crude sent out a distress signal and was towed back to the King Fahd Industrial Port in Yanbu. The vessel, which reported engine failure about 200 kilometres from the port, arrived back at the port yesterday, officials said. KFIPs emergency operations team rescued the oil tanker meandering amid the coral reefs following engine failure off the Duba coast, Hammoud Al-Saadi, director general of the port, said yesterday. Venture Navigation Co., Ltd. owns the 20-year-old Dominican-registered vessel. The vessel was destined for the port of Aqaba, Jordan. The distress call said the vessels engines had broken down and was floating with the currents about 200 kilometres from Yanbu. The rescue team found the master of the vessel steering without power as the weather was turning nasty. No injuries were reported. The tanker was floating at an area close to virgin coral reefs. Three powerful towboats struggled for 48 hours to bring the loaded tanker safely to the dock in Yanbu, Al-Saadi said.

(Note -- Polar , Class: Registrul Naval Roman, Norske Veritas, 153471 Dwt, IMO No: 8503864, P+I Club:American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association, Contact: New Shipping Ltd, Piraeus, Greece, phone 30-210-4290218, fax 30-210-4290763


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YANBU, 3 April 2008 — The tanker that lost power and drifted dangerously among a maze of coral shelves in the Red Sea off the coast of Yanbu early last month is still being emptied of its cargo: tens of thousands of liquid tons of oil that was bound for Jordan.

Port officials said yesterday that 31,000 liquid tons of the crude oil in the Polar, the damaged Dominican-registered ship, would be pumped to Saudi Aramco storage tanks at the King Fahd Industrial Port in Yanbu. The operation is expected to take three to four days. “Weather conditions, including wind speed would also be factors in unloading the ship,” said Capt. Abdullah Al-Zahrani, director of the Maritime Administration in Yanbu.

The rest of the oil will be loaded on another ship, the Hellas Warrior, which was sent by Venture Navigation Co., Ltd., the Greek shipping company that owns the damaged vessel, to deliver to the port of Aqaba, about 700 km north of Yanbu, in Jordan. The Hellas Warrior, a smaller vessel, will then return to Yanbu and take the rest of the oil.

The Polar lost power about 200 km out of Yanbu after departing on March 2. The 20-year-old vessel was towed back to port a few days later.

The delay in unloading the Polar was due to the need to inspect the vessel to determine the feasibility and risk of spillage in the transfer operations, a routine procedure when vessels report damages or failures. Additional factors facilitated a thorough examination because of the proximity of the port to the water intakes for the water desalination and power plant


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Date is a bit uncertain. So is class. Ship went to scrap after this.