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SHIP NAME: Elli KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
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An Egyptian port official says a Panamanian fuel tanker has split in half and is sinking near the Red Sea entrance to the Suez Canal. Brig. Hagag el_Husseini says the tanker's 60 metric tons of engine fuel is leaking but port workers have contained the spill. None of the 25 crew memebers were hurt and canal traffic was not disrupted. El-Husseini says the tanker arrived Friday from Yemen for repairs. It broke apart while waiting to dock 15 n.m. from Port Taufiq at the southern entrance to the Canal.


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Investigation of how the product tanker Elli broke its back at anchorage off Suez on Friday is likely to probe whether there was a causal link with a grounding involving the vessel just a few weeks ago. It has emerged that the 94,000 dwt tanker ran aground on a sandbank off the coast of Yemen in June and was refloated after several days. Although there have been no reports of bottom damage from the earlier incident, the 23 year old vessel had to be towed to Suez for a drydocking.

It is understood managers had concerns about the engine and steering gear, but the docking would also have permitted a closer look at the hull. Elli, managed by Worldwide Green Tankers of Greece, suffered apparent hogging and split amidships.

A predominantly Filipino crew of 25, headed by a Greek master and Ukrainian chief officer, were safely evacutated, and there was no pollution reported. Thge vessel was in ballast but there was said to be 60 tonnes of fuel oil in the engine room.


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Photos show a clean break all the way through just aft of the manifold. The pictures indicate the ship was in very light ballast. 60 tons of bunkers on board a 94,000 ton ship is a remarkably low figure. We believe the ship was double sided.

On 2009-05-25, LR took the very usual step of suspending class despite the fact that the ship had no overdue surveys, Something was badly wrong with this ship.

Since there were no deaths, little pollution, and the port state is Egypt, it is highly unlikely there will be any public investigation, so we will probably never know the real cause. CTX's best guess is bad hull wastage.