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Product tanker suffered engine failure

Wed 10 Apr 2019 by Craig Jallal, tankers and markets editor

Product tanker suffered engine failure
The January 2019-built product tanker Ionian Star was adrift just 4 km off the coast of Norway (image for illustration only)

On the morning of 28 March 2019, the January 2019-built product tanker Ionian Star suffered main engine failure on a voyage from Liverpool to Sløvåg in Norway and was adrift just 4 km off the coast of Norway, according to a report by vessel tracking service Fleetmon.

The incident happened close to Fedje and a helicopter was dispatched by the Norwegian Coast Guard.

The product tanker was reported to be in ballast condition and was stabilised by a tow from 2008-built azimuth reverse tractor tug Vivax operated by Østensjø Group, and attended by Norwegian Coast Guard patrol vessel KV Senja.

After a few hours, the main engine was restarted by the crew, and KV Senja guided the tanker to Slovag, arriving the same day.

The cause of the main engine failure is not known.

According to the local newspaper Liverpool Business News, Ionian Star left Liverpool for Norway on 18 March after a maiden cargo voyage delivering animal and vegetable oils from Papua New Guinea after launch in South Korea.

VesselsValue records the product tanker as having been delivered from Hyundai Mipo in January 2019 and is listed as participating in the Hafnia MR Tankers Pool.

According to VesselsValue, 50,050-dwt Ionian Star is one of four new MR2 product tankers built at Hyundai Mipo for Chartworld Shipping of Greece.

The diverse shipping company is believed to be controlled by the Kollakis family and the current chairman is Lou Kollakis.

KV Senja is one of three Nordkapp-class vessels which are due to be replaced in 2022 with ice-class vessels to be built by VARD Langsten shipyard in Norway at a cost of US$552M.

The longer range 136-m vessels are required by the coast guard due to the expansion of the Arctic waters off the coast of Norway due to melting sea ice from global warning, according to the local Norwegian media reports.

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