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Sunday – The tanker Tokyo Spirit was refloated Sunday afternoon with the help of tugs. The ship was to be towed to a local repair yard. We are told no environmental damage from the incident.
Saturday – A Bahamas-flagged crude oil tanker now owned by Teekay Tankers grounded Saturday in stormy weather near Lisbon, Portugal just outside the breakwater at the Cascais marina.
gCaptain can confirm that the tanker is the 150,000 DWT crude oil tanker Tokyo Spirit (ex-Princimar Loyalty. IMO: 9296377). The vessel is unladen.
Tugs are on scene and will attempt to free the ship at the next high tide early Sunday morning.
AIS data from MarineTraffic shows the tanker arrived at an anchorage off Cascais on Wednesday, October 14th.
We are told that wind gusts of 50 knots were recorded at the anchorage earlier Saturday with high seas. All 22 crew members remain onboard the ship, despite earlier reports that a rescue was underway.
The Tokyo Spirit is a suezmax tanker built in 2006 and is now 100% owned by Teekay Tankers. The ship was previously managed by Principal Maritime and named Princimar Loyalty, but in August Teekay Tankers agreed to acquire Principal’s entire crude oil fleet – 12 vessels in total. The vessels were expected to be delivered to Teekay by the end of this month and were to operate in the spot tanker market upon or soon after delivery.
More video of the grounded tanker below:
Video from earlier Saturday:
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