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« on: March 06, 2013, 11:31:19 am »

Less than two hours ago (at 09:05 today) an explosion has been reported to have occurred aboard a tanker 17 nm off the port of Setúbal (Portugal).

1 crew is missing.

The vessel has been reported to be "Arbour Kristel", but name or other vessel info has not been confirmed yet.

Breaking news currently available do not confirm whether the ship will be able to sail to either Setubal or Lisbon for assistance, and whether she is able to sail on her own means or requires towing.

http://rr.sapo.pt/informacao_detalhe.aspx?fid=25&did=99209

http://www.dn.pt/inicio/portugal/interior.aspx?content_id=3091141&seccao=Sul
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2013, 11:47:38 am »

It must be the HARBOUR KRYSTAL - IMO 9330020

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10:24 on Wed 06 Mar 2013

 Destination
AMSTERDAM
Vessel Name
HARBOUR KRYSTAL

ETA
Sunday 10 Mar 2013 07:00
 IMO
9330020

 Heading
91°
 MMSI
308949000

 Speed
9.2 knots

 Latitude
38.2894

 AIS Draft
7.7 m

 Longitude
-9.4998

 Nav Status
Under Way Using Engine
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2013, 12:27:44 pm »

Hi Phil,

Many thanks for the clarification.

You must be right. Ship trackinng reports that vessel now moving at 1,7 kts and heading straight to Setúbal.

http://www.shiptracking.eu/ais/#/getvesseldetails?mmsi=308949000

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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2013, 12:33:22 pm »

Ship identity confirmed by this more recent news item:

http://www.publico.pt/local/noticia/tripulante-desaparecido-apos-explosao-em-navio-ao-largo-de-setubal-1586781

18 onboard, 1 missing.

S&R at hand.
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2013, 12:34:44 pm »

That may all be about to change. The ship has turned away from Setubal and has a Portuguese Navy frigate alongside.
Also, 2 Svitzer tugs have just left Lisbon, heading in the general direction.
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2013, 01:39:34 pm »

The two Svitzer tugs are the Svitzer Leixoes and Svitzer Sines.


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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2013, 02:38:29 pm »

The Portuguese Navy has now reported the incident in its website:

http://www.marinha.pt/PT/noticiaseagenda/noticias/Pages/Explosaoabordodenaviopetroleiro.aspx

In short:
- the explosion was toward the prow;
- the resulting fire is under control;
- 8.000 tons of naphta on board;
- the ship's structure has been damaged by the fire;
- the missing crew member is a filipino;

Standing by in the area is the corvette "Jacinto Cândido" of the Portuguese Navy, and a S&R vessel from Sesimbra; two other merchant vessels were drawn to the scene for assistance; a Merlin EH-101 heli is also overflying the area.

So far there is no spill of the cargo, but the ship awaits inspection by authorities before she is declared safe and is allowed to enter Portuguese waters (12nm).





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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2013, 02:53:31 pm »

For those interested, pre-incident ship photoes are available at the site:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/search.php?search_imo=9330020
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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2013, 03:07:54 pm »

First photos of the ship at the scene of the incident have just been released by the Portuguese Navy:

http://www.marinha.pt/PT/noticiaseagenda/noticias/Pages/Explosaoabordodenaviopetroleiro%E2%80%93Atualizacaocomfotos.aspx
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« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2013, 05:58:45 pm »

And there we go!
At last the ship seems to have set a course for Setubal. It has been interesting watching her tracks on Marine Traffic. Up down, left right. 1 knot, 10 knots.
One of the tugs has left but Svitzer Leixoes seems to be following as is the warship.
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« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2013, 10:13:17 pm »

At 8 pm local time tonight, the Portuguese Navy site reports that the risk of a spillage remaining slim, the ship has now been cleared to proceed to Sines, where she will unload the 8.000 tons of fuel oil on board. In this short voyage she will be escorted by the Corvette, and possibly by one of the Svitzer tugs called-in this morning by the ship owner.

Once the unloading operations have been completed at Sines, the Harbour Krystal will sail to Setúbal, where she will undergo the necessary repairs.

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« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2013, 11:07:20 pm »

Just for the sake of completeness, the corvette involved in escort of the Harbour Krystal, NRP Jacinto Cândido, has pennant F476, and can be found here:

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/search.php?search_title=NRP Jacinto Cândido
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« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2013, 11:10:33 am »

Sines was missed out. The tanker is now in the bay 1 mile off Setubal
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