Aframax Tanker Runs Aground Off Zeebrugge Coast

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The 243 meter long, 108760 dwt tanker ‘Sea Bay’ became disabled and ran aground off Zeebrugge, Belgium. The Sea Bay was en route to Antwerp when it suffered engine failure and power blackout. The tanker went adrift and grounded on a sandbank some eight kilometers offshore.

Unable to refloat itself, the Sea Bay requested assistance. Four tugs were dispatched and refloated the tanker on the following high tide. The tugs towed the Sea Bay to Ostend before proceeding to Zeebrugge for inspection.  No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.

Eric Donnay of the EU Environment Directorate-General’s National Marine Environment Unit in Belgium confirmed to Tanker Shipipng and Trade that the Sea Bay had run aground in the early hours of Friday morning.

“There has been an incident off the Beligian coast this morning, off Zeebrugge. Fortunately, it was a gentle grounding without pollution or significant environmental risk,” Donnay said.  The tanker was refloated some 5 hours later with the help of high tide and tugs, understood she is to be anchored on tankers anchorage northwest of Zeebrugge, most probably for survey.

“The incident was closed because the vessel has been able to repair its engine following the blackout and has been instructed to go to Westhinder anchorage nearby under its own propulsion. The vessel is travelling with the escort of tugs in case of further engine failure,” he added.

Sea News, February 13