Tugs save damaged tanker in Suez

Tugboats rescued damaged tankers in grounding and collision accidents in Egypt and Greece last week, according to local reports. A fleet of tugs refloated LPG tanker Ethane Opal (IMO 9752292) after it ran aground in the Ismailia area of the Suez Canal. The almost-new tanker suffered a steering failure, which caused it to collide with two local ferries while transiting southbound at Qantara. This caused a hull breach in Ethane Opal, which was grounded to prevent further water ingress. Tugs from the canal authority manoeuvred the damaged tanker to an anchorage position in Great Bitter Lake for survey and repair. 2017-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 57,494 gt Ethane Opal is owned by Ethane Opal LLC care of manager Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd (MOL) of Tokyo, Japan. ISM manager is MOL Tankship management-Asia of Singapore. It is entered with Japan Club (Tokyo Office).