Oratank to be drydocked
The "Oratank" will have to be drydocked in a shipyard for repairs before being allowed to resume trading. Divers have found a crack in the tanker's hull which caused the ship taking on water. The ship's own pumps are able to coe the flooding. As there is no suitable yard in Greenland, the owner is examining what yard that can do the job. It is uncertain when the "Oratank" returns to Greenland waters. The company sends another tanker as a replacement, but it can take up to a week before it reaches Greenland waters.
Divers surveyed holed hull
Divers were sent to Aasiaat and examined the "Oratank" before it was decided whether the ship could be allowed to proceed. By Aug 22, they finished their surveys. Because of the uncertainty of when the "Oratank" can resume the voyage, the Polar Oil sent the "Orasila" from southern Greenland to Baffin Bay for a voyage to North Greenland. There is enough fuel in villages and towns in northern Greenland and nothing to fear for residences running out of fuel because of the grounding.
Tanker grounded and holed off Greenland
The "Oratank" ran onto a reef on Aug 21, 2012, at 4:50 a.m. off Aasiaat in Greenland. The ship was taking on water, but the pumps were able to cope the flooding, so that the ship remained stable. There has been no contamination. The ship refloated with own means and entered the port of Aasiaat, where anchored. All the ship's 11 crew members remained unharmed. There was a hole in the ship, but no escape of fuel. The cause of the accident was probably a combination of mechanical and human error. At 03.22 a.m. the ship was ready to enter port and switched the power supply connection. In this process the ship lost power for a short period and thus the ability to steer the ship which lead to the grounding. The ship carried a cargo of gasoline, heavy fuel and gas.Upload News