LNG tanker collides with bulker off Gibraltar

The bulk carrier OS 35 has collided with the 162,000-cbm Adam LNG tanker off Gibraltar.

The vessel OS 35 clipped Adam LNG as the former was maneuvering to exit the Bay on Monday, according to the Gibraltar government.

“The situation at present remains stable with the bulk carrier OS 35 currently beached on the Eastside, in an area approximately just over 200m off Catalan Bay,” the government said in a update on Tuesday.

The government did not provide any further information regarding the LNG carrier.

Adam LNG, owned by Oman’s Asyad Shipping, is anchored off Gibraltar, its AIS data provided by VesselsValue showed on Tuesday. Also, the 289 meters long LNG carrier appears to be empty.

According to the Gibraltar government, the bow of the 35,400-dwt bulk carrier, owned by Oldstone Cargo, is already resting on the seabed in 17m of water, listing only by 3 degrees to starboard.

Moreover, the 178 meters long vessel is carrying 24 crew, all of which are currently still on board, at the request of the captain of the vessel, the statement said.

“The latest advice by the captain of the port is that there is little to no risk to human life for any of the crew on board,” it said.

The ship is loaded with 183 tonnes of heavy fuel oil, 250 tonnes of diesel, and 27 tonnes of lube oil and was leaving Gibraltar to head to Vlissengen in the Netherlands.

Bulbous bow damaged

Oman Ship Management Company, a unit of Asyad Shipping, confirmed the incident in a statement later on Tuesday.

The firm said that its LNG tanker was hit by the bulk carrier while at anchor in the Port of Gibraltar, Western Anchorage on August 22 at 2210 hrs local time.

“Adam LNG, which is in ballast, suffered damage to the bulbous bow, but no injury, water ingress or pollution is reported,” it said.

“Oman Ship Management Company has made all the necessary notifications and further inspection of the bulbous bow and forepeak areas are underway,” the company added.

(Article updated to include a statement by Oman Ship Management Company, a unit of Asyad Shipping.)

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