Product tanker THERESA ARCTIC aground off Kilifi, Kenya, salvage under way

Product tanker THERESA ARCTIC ran aground on reefs in the afternoon June 20, in position 03 39S 039 53E, off Kilifi port, Kenya, north of Mombasa. Vessel loaded with 27500 tons of vegetable oil was en route from Port Klang Malaysia to Mombasa, said Andrew Mwangura, Mombasa. As of June 26, vessel was still aground, Smith Salvage and local company Alpha Logistics contracted for salvage, four tugs were already deployed, but reportedly, lightering is required. No information on hull breaches and leak, understood no leak yet. Crew remained on board. Understood on a photo from The Star Kenya grounded THERESA ARCTIC.
Product tanker THERESA ARCTIC, IMO 8715508, dwt 84040, built 1988, flag Tuvalu, manager (according to AIS) RAFFLES SHIPMANAGEMENT SERVICES PRIVATE LTD, Singapore.



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