A PRODUCT tanker experiencing engine trouble off the Queensland coast is hoping to lay up in Cairns for repairs.

Marshall Islands-flagged vessel Nord Vision (IMO 9899985) was sailing from Malaysia to New Zealand when it informed the Australian Maritime Safety Authority of an engine problem.

An AMSA spokesperson has confirmed to DCN that Nord Vision’s vessel managers contacted AMSA on Tuesday 18 July.

The spokesperson said the vessel was around 272.2 kilometres east of Osprey Reef (in the Coral Sea), requesting a layup berth for a main engine repair in Cairns.

“The vessel is currently located within international waters outside of Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone,” the spokesperson said.

“AMSA has been in constant contact with the vessel and vessel managers who have confirmed a main engine problem, however the vessel has capability to operate at a reduced engine capacity.

“The vessel owners are continuing to work with third party providers to find a solution.

“AMSA continues to monitor and observe this situation and will provide assistance if requested.”

Nord Vision departed the Malaysian port of Tanjung Langsat on 5 July and was due at the Port of Lyttelton in New Zealand on 27 July, according to vessel tracking services.

The ship is 183 metres long (LOA) and has a carrying capacity of 49,999 tonnes DWT.