Turkish Oil Tanker Grounded In Basseterre Harbour

Turkish Oil Tanker Azra-S Grounded

Turkish Oil Tanker Azra-S Grounded
Photo By Erasmus Williams

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
October 05, 2010 (CUOPM)

St. Kitts and Nevis’ Director of Maritime Affairs, Mr. Mc Clean Hobson said Tuesday afternoon a tug from the Dutch island of St. Eustatius is on its way to dislodge a Turkish-flagged oil tanker which broke its mooring in the Basseterre harbour Monday night due to rough weather.

Mr. Hobson said the motor tanker Azra-S arrived here late Sunday afternoon with just over 22,000 barrels of diesel for Sol and Texaco.

“At about 8:00 PM (Monday) it broke its moorings due to rough seas and was grounded on the seabed, just offshore. The stern is seated on the seabed and the bow is moving around,” said Hobson. It had already discharged 3,900 barrels of diesel,” said Mr. Hobson.

He told the Communications Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister (CUOPM) he expects no oil spill as it is a modern vessel with double hull.

“But again, anything can happen and we are monitoring the situation,” said Hobson.

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