Photo: For illustration purposes only (Image courtesy of GasLog)

GasLog LNG carrier not damaged after Heraklion grounding

For illustration purposes only (Image courtesy of GasLog)

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier GasLog Saratoga, owned by Monaco-based shipping company GasLog, suffered no damage after it ran aground on November 9 while approaching the port of Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete.

The 155,000-cbm GasLog Saratoga “was in a laden condition and was moving to rendezvous with a port vessel to offload refuse accumulated during the voyage so far,” a GasLog spokesman told LNG World News via email on Tuesday.

The vessel contacted with the soft mud seabed at a very low speed late on the evening of Friday, November 9.

Tugs were called to free the vessel, which was achieved very early Saturday morning, at which point the GasLog Saratoga was moved to anchorage for inspections.

“There was no damage to the hull and no repairs are required. There was no release of cargo. There was no pollution and nobody was injured in the incident,” the spokesman said.

The LNG carrier was inspected by Class and Port State Control. Both released the vessel to continue its voyage.

The GasLog Saratoga left the port of Heraklion on Sunday evening, the spokesman said, adding that the company will conduct an investigation into the incident.

The 2014-built LNG carrier has previously loaded a cargo at Cheniere’s Sabine Pass facility in the US and was on its way to Turkey prior to the incident, according to its AIS data.

The vessel was on Tuesday located offshore the city of Kalamata in southern Greece, the data shows.


LNG World News Staff