Two tankers near Greece require tug assistance

Two tankers in Greece required tug assistance last week following two separate incidents.

Coastal product tanker EKO 2 (IMO 9393955) grounded on a sandbank in strong winds on a Greek island in the eastern Aegean Sea on January 6th while en route from Lesvos to Chios to supply Psara with fuel, with 17 crew on board, EKO 2. A tug was mobilized from Chios and refloated the stricken tanker and towed it to Psara harbour for survey. 2009-built, Greece-flagged, 2,978 gt EKO 2 is owned by Eko-Hera Shipping Co care of manager Kinetic Shipping Co of Athens, Greece. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Eko-Hera Shipping Co.

Earlier, south of the Koundouros region, Greece, product tanker VF Tanker-1 (IMO 9640499) struck an underwater reef on January 14th, causing a breach in a ballast tank. Tug Aegaias helped remove the tanker from the reef and escorted her to an anchorage at Lavrion. VF Tanker-1 continued its voyage on January 15th after repairs. 2012-built, Russia-flagged, 5,075 gt VF Tanker-1 is owned by VEB-Leasing OSJC of Moscow, Russia, and managed by VF Tanker Ltd of Novgorod, Russia.