Crew repatriated or re-boarded for unloading of cargo
The "Front Altair" will undertake a ship-to-ship transfer its cargo before heading for repair. The tanker was now anchored off Fujairah in the UAE and in a stable condition. The crew members of the "Front Altair" have either returned home or have re-embarked the vessel to assist with recovery operations and transfer of cargo into another Frontline operated vessel. Frontline expressed its gratitude to all parties who ensured the crew's safety and comfort during this difficult ordeal. Following the transfer of the cargo and further inspection the "Front Altair" will be sent to a shipyard for repairs. Frontline continued to work with third parties, including governmental officials, to determine the cause of the explosion. As previously reported, the possibility that it was caused by mechanical or human error has been ruled out completely. The "Front Altair" had loaded 75,000 tons of naphtha from the Takeer Refinery Terminal in Ruwais and sailed on June 11 at 7:30 p.m. After crossing the Strait of Hormuz at around 9 p.m. on June 12, data showed the vessel to have taken a sharp deviation from its course at 2:47 a.m. on June 13 with the speed dropping from 13.5 knots to eventually drifting at mid-sea. At the same time, the "Hyundai Dubai" was 6.8 nautical miles away from the "Front Altair" and made a sharp course correction towards the tanker on receiving the distress alert. She stopped near the "Front Altair" between 3:30 and 3:50 a.m. to pick up the 23 crew members who abandoned the vessel following the fire that was reportedly due to a surface missile. Following the salvage work of SMIT salvage, the tanker entered Dubai Dry Dock for repairs on July 17 around 4 a.m.
Boskalis appointed as salvor for both damaged tankers in the Gulf of Oman
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been appointed as the salvor for both tankers that were hit in the Gulf of Oman in a suspected attack. Shortly after the incidents the insurers of both vessels appointed Boskalis subsidiary SMIT Salvage to salvage the vessels and their cargo. The situation of the Front Altair with a cargo of naphtha is still worrisome. The crew was able to safely leave the ship and the fire was extinguished yesterday afternoon. A salvage team was flown in to execute the salvage operation on site with accompanying specialist equipment. The Kokuka Courageous with a methanol cargo on board is now in a stable condition. Here too the crew was able to safely leave the vessel after which the ship was stabilized. A towing connection was successfully established yesterday afternoon and the crew was able to return to the vessel. The vessel is currently being towed to a port in the Gulf region.
Crew held in Iran
The crew of the "Front Altair" has been held by the Iranians for nearly 48 hours after they were initally rescued by the "Hyunday Dubai". Iranian gunboats quickly surrounded the ship and demanded the crew be turned over. The captain ultimately relented and ordered his crew to surrender. They were now being held in the southern port town of Bandar-e-Jask. In morning of June 15 the crew was allowed to leave Iran and have now arrived in Dubai. The "Front Altair" was moored off Fujairah in the morning of June 17 by the tugs "E-Two". "Aquila", and "Boka Alpine" in pos. 25° 3.95' N 056° 34.95' E. First inspections showed no more hot spots.Upload News