Laden LNG ship in prang

A Qatari chartered and part-owned LNG carrier carrying a full cargo destined for Japan has been damaged after a collision involving a Greek-controlled containership in southeast Asia.

In a statement OSG Ship Management confirmed that the 215,000-cbm Al Gharrafa (built 2008) was in collision with the 10,114-teu Hanjin Italy (built 2011) collided on 28 December at 1224 UTC while transiting the Singapore Strait.

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

Safely anchored

The company continued: “As at January 3, 2014, Al Gharrafa is safely at anchorage in Singapore. 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 added.

The LNG carrier’s charterer Qatargas said in a statement: “Safety is our number one priority .. . Emergency notifications were made immediately following the incident and response resources activated.”

The Qatari LNG producer added: “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.”

Photos sent to TradeWinds 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.

It is unclear, as yet, if the LNG cargo will need to be offloaded from the Q-Flex.

Al Gharrafa is understood to have been en route to Tokyo Electric Power Co’s Futtsu LNG terminal in Japan.

The vessel, in which OSG has a 50.1% stake with Qatari shipowner Nakilat holding the balance, is on long-term charter to Qatargas.

Danaos plans cargo discharge

Electronic data show Hanjin Italy, which is listed as owned and managed by Danaos Shipping of Greece, is also currently at anchor off Singapore.

Danaos said in statement: “The company is now in the process of securing a berth at Singapore in order to discharge the cargo, so the vessel can proceed for repairs.

“No one was injured during the incident and there has been no pollution. The company is closely cooperating with all appropriate authorities,” the company said.

Danaos added that vessel, which sails under the Liberian flag, was en route from Singapore to Yantian, China at the time of the incident.