Shell LNG Tanker Damaged in Collision off UAE

Posted by Joseph Keefe

The Al Khattiya liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker,
one of the world's largest, suffered damage to its hull in a
collision with an oil tanker off the United Arab Emirates last
week, operator Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday.

Sitting empty off the UAE port of Fujairah, a busy anchorage
point on the Gulf of Oman, the tanker was struck by the Jag
Laadki operated by India's Great Eastern Shipping Company, Shell
said in an email.

No injuries or pollution were reported in the Feb. 23 incident,
but two of the Al Khattiya's ballast tanks were breached with a
loss of some water, it said.

Shell said cargo tank pressures were stable indicating no loss of
LNG containment on the Al Khattiya, which has a capacity of
210,000 cubic metres.

The vessel is owned by Qatari shipping group Nakilat. Qatar is
the world's biggest producer of LNG.

It remains at anchor while further checks are being made, Shell

Great Eastern Shipping Company did not respond to requests for
immediate comment.

Reporting by Oleg Vukmanovic

Feb 28, 2017

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