South Korean port bans some hazardous cargoes post-Stolt Groenland fire

Ulsan, one of South Korea’s largest ports, has banned several hazardous cargoes from calling at terminals near a bridge where an explosion and fire occurred on tanker Stolt Groenland (IMO 9414072) tanker explosion took place on Saturday September 28th.

The explosion caused a huge fire that started onboard the Stolt Groenland and then spread to chemical/oil products tanker Bow Dalian (IMO 9504205),  which was moored alongside. A bridge which serves as a key thoroughfare for the city had to be closed for two days for safety checks.

The fire injured 18 people. Investigations continue as to how the event occurred. The Stolt Groenland was reported to have had a styrene monomer load in the No.9 tank.

Meanwhile the owner and insurer of the Stolt Groenland have been discussing plans to transfer the cargo of the vessel after the typhoon Mitag has passed through South Korea. They will coordinate the transhipment with the Ulsan Port Authority, Maritime Police, fire department and other relevant authorities. Investigators will only be able to board the vessel and determine the cause of the explosion once the chemicals, said to total around 27,000 tons, have been unloaded.

2009-built, Cayman Islands-flagged, 25,881 gt Stolt Groenland is owned by Stolt Groenland BV care of Stolt Tankers BV of Rotterdam, Netherlands. It is entered with Assuranceforeningen Gard – gjensidig – on behalf of Stolt Groenland BV. It is entered for H&M with Gard AS.

2012-built, Singapore-flagged, 6,583 gt Bow Dalian is owned by Odfjell Asia II Pte Ltd of Singapore, and managed by Odfjell Management AS of Bergen, Norway. ISM manager is Thome Ship Management  Pte Ltd of Singapore.