Wednesday 12th Dec, 2018

Tug called on to refloat grounded tanker

Photo: Dale Crisp
Photo: Dale Crisp

A TUG boat was called on to help re-float a chemical tanker that grounded on Saturday afternoon.

Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) told DCN the Bow Fuji (9323778) grounded in the Yarra River around 2.40pm.

“The vessel was undamaged and was refloated straight away with help from a single tug, the Svitzer Eureka,” a VPCM spokesperson said.

“A beacon was slightly damaged in the incident.”

Bow Fuji  is a 19,805dwt vessel and was launched in 2006. It is flagged in Panama.

A spokesperson for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said they were alerted to the situation by the ship’s master.

“The ship had experienced brief power failure while approaching the channel into the Port of Melbourne at 2.40 pm local time on Saturday which caused it to drift out of the channel and run aground,” the spokesperson said.

“Power was restored at 2.48 pm and the ship was re-floated. The ship then moved to a berth.”

While there were no signs of breaching of the hull or pollution, a dive team and classification society inspected the ship’s hull, main engines and generators on Sunday and confirmed no damage from the incident.

“AMSA cleared the ship to sail on Sunday evening,” the spokesperson said.

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