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Shadow fleet tanker reportedly involved in collision

A tanker from the shadow fleet reportedly was involved in a collision near Denmark, casting fresh light on the risks vessels with unknown ownership pose to the world’s oceans.

The incident, which involved the 15-year-old crude oil tanker Andromeda Star (IMO 9402471), occurred on March 2nd the Danish Maritime Authority said, noting that the case was still under investigation and hat it would not be providing further details.

The vessel had been scheduled to load Russia’s flagship Urals crude on March 4th at the (Russian) Baltic port of Primorsk, according to Bloomberg. Instead, it sailed to a repair yard in Denmark. Because it was on its way to Russia, the 700,000-barrel capacity vessel would have been in ballast.

Denmark allows ships calling at Russia to sail through its waters. This is because of a longstanding freedom of navigation treaty. Most ships navigating the Danish Straits require specialist pilots.

The vessel’s insurers are not known.

2010-built, Marshall islands-flagged 62,775 gt Crude Centurion is owned and managed by Diablo Fortune Inc of Majuro, Marshall islands. ISM manager is Stealth Maritime Corp SA of Athens, Greece. It is entered with NorthStandard on behalf of Diablo Fortune Inc. As of March 21st the Crude Centurion was located off the West Coast of India, having left Primorsk on January 24th and with a scheduled arrival at Sikka of February 22nd.

2009-built, Liberia-flagged, 62,775 gt Afragold is owned by Liquid Gold Enterprises Inc care of manager Universal Tanker Management of Valletta, Malta. It is entered with Gard P&I on behalf of Liquid Gold Enterprises Inc.

As of March 21st the Afragold was located off he West Coast of India, having left Primorsk, Russia, on February 1st.

2009-built, Panama-flagged, 63,294 gt Andromeda Star is owned by an undisclosed interest, with ISM manager reported as Margao Marine Solutions OPC of Goa, India. As of March 21st the vessel was moored at Kattegat, Denmark (arrived March 17th).