TROUBLED tanker Densa Whale has reached the calmer waters of Queensland having been towed all the way from the New South Wales south coast.

As reported in Daily Cargo News, the Marshall Islands-flagged ship experienced engine troubled in early May and had to be towed north by tugs from Smit Lamnalco.

A spokesperson for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said they were working with the vessel owners and their management company “to make sure it is safe to leave the area”.


“We won’t really have anything to do with it again unless it comes back to Australia,” the spokesperson said.

Densa Whale is currently near Cape Moreton, north-east of Brisbane. It is expected that it will have to be towed all the way to Asia, however, this could not be confirmed by DCN at the time of publication.

A spokesperson for Smit Lamnalco said the Densa whale was handed to the ocean going tug BOKA Summit off Cape Moreton on Thursday morning and is being towed to Asia for main engine repairs.

“SL Martinique and SL Diamantina are returning to Sydney, having been on-task since early May,” the spokesperson said.

According to AMSA, after the engine failures, the vessel managers arranged for a service technician to board the vessel to do a damage assessment and help the ship’s crew in repairing the damage.