Photo: Image Courtesy: Japanese Ministry of Land, Transport and Tourism

SFI’s Fire-Stricken Super Tanker Taken under Tow

Front Hakata, a very large crude carrier (VLCC) owned by John Fredriksen’s Ship Finance International, which was adrift following an engine fire, has been taken under tow, according to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Transport and Tourism.

The ship suffered an engine room fire on August 5 while anchored near Chiba Prefecture, Japan, fully loaded as it was pending docking in Chiba.

According to local reports, the fire has been extinguished and there is no danger of it spreading to cargo tanks. There have been no injuries to the 25 crew members on board and no reports of environmental pollution.

Based on the ship’s AIS data, it has changed course, away from its planned unloading destination. The final destination of the ship is unknown. At this point, the extent of damages to the ship, together with the cause of the fire are yet to be determined.

World Maritime News Staff