Fuel oil being removed from Stellar Banner

The operation to remove fuel oil from the listing VLOCC Stellar Banner (IMO 9726803) began late last week.

The vessel ran aground off the Brazilian coast on February 24th, shortly after leaving Brazil-based miner Vale’s Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal.

Salvage teams led by Ardent and OceanPact will transfer some 3,500 tons of fuel oil to a receiving vessel, which will be positioned next to the Stellar Banner and connected to the VLOC to receive the fuel oil in an STS transfer.

The Brazilian navy said that several vessels were standing by at the site in case there was a spill. A helicopter and an airplane will monitor the operation.

The navy has assigned 255 military personnel to support the operation. Offshore supply ship Iguatemi and Hydroceanographic Ship Garnier Sampaio, four vessels from the Port of Maranhao and several vessels with oil containment materials on board have also been dispatched to the scene together with a drone with a thermal camera.

2016-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 151,596 gt Stellar Banner is owned by VP-12 Shipping Inc care of manager Polaris Shipping Co Ltd of Seoul, South Korea. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of VP-12 Shipping Inc.