VLCC tanker caught in storm, ordered to remain adrift, damaged

VLCC crude oil tanker was cruising in North sea, waiting for orders (understood in ballast), since middle of November. Tanker was caught in passing storm while drifting, bunker tank vents were torn off, fuel spilled out onto cargo deck. There were serious problems in engine room too. Master asked owner to allow tanker to get under way and shelter somewhere, but company said he had to drift and “wait for orders”. Tanker reached shelter and was berthed 3 days ago.
Judging from photos, crew are obliged to wear masks. What else to expect from such managers.
Ship and company’s IDs not disclosed, available for subscribers only. Source of info asked for anonymity.



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