Qatar LNG vessel involved in collision

A 10,114 teu boxship operated by Hanjin Shipping, called Hanjin Italy collided with the 216,224 cubic metre LNG carrier operated by Qatar Gas Transport Co, Al Gharrafa, according to reports.

“Safety is our number one priority. Emergency notifications were made immediately following the incident and response resources activated,” The LNG carrier’s charterer Qatargas said in a statement. “We are committed to understanding the cause of the incident which is currently under investigation. OSG Ship Management (UK), as manager of the vessel, is working closely with the appropriate authorities in this regard.”

Al Gharrafa collided with Hanjin Italy on 28 December at 1224 UTC while transiting the Singapore Strait.

“There are no reported injuries of seafarers, no damage to the containment system, no pollution risk or other impact on the environment,” according to a statement by OSG, which is the operator and manager of Al Gharrafa.

As of January 3, the Al Gharrafa was safely at anchorage in Singapore. According to OSG, the classification society has surveyed the vessel and stated that the incident did not adversely affect the vessel’s integrity or ability to sail.

“The incident is under investigation and OSG Ship Management (UK) Ltd, as manager is working closely with the appropriate authorities,” OSG said.

Photos show Al Gharrafa appears to have suffered serious bow damage while the Hanjin Italy appears to show dents and scrapes to its hull and a split container amidships on its starboard side. Source: ITP

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