One of the world’s largest most advanced LNG carriers has suffered some serious damage after being involved in a collision with an oil tanker off Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.
Photos of the LNG carrier, revealed as the Al Khattiya, show the vessel was damaged to its starboard side from what looks like the bow of the tanker.
The 210,000 CBM Q-Flex LNG carrier Al Khattiya was delivered in 2009 by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in South Korea. The vessel is owned by the Qatari gas shipping company Nakilat and managed by Shell International Trading and Shipping Company (Stasco), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell.
Stasco confirmed the incident in a statement to the media. The company said two of the LNG carrier’s ballast tanks were breached in the collision, but the LNG cargo tanks are secure and there is no breach of the vessel’s super cooled LNG containment system.
“Two of Al Khattiya’s ballast tanks were breached with a loss of some ballast water,” Stasco said. “Cargo tank pressures are stable indicating that there is no loss of LNG containment from the cargo tanks on Al Khattiya.”
No pollution or injuries have been reported.
The oil tanker involved in the incident is reported to be the Jag Laadki, operated by India’s Great Eastern Shipping, however gCaptain has been unable to indepently verify this information.
According to AIS data both the Al Khattiya and the Jag Laadki remained at anchor off Fujairah as of Monday.
Q-Flex LNG carriers are among the largest and most sophisticated LNG carriers in the world, with cargo capacity ranging from 210,000 cubic meters to 217,000 cubic meters in volume.