Fire ‘contained’ MT Stolt Valor ship

Fire ‘contained’ on MT Stolt Valor ship

1:07 AM, 26th March 2012
Fire ‘contained’ on MT Stolt Valor ship
File photo of a Stolt Tanker ship.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Stolt Tankers BV, a subsidiary of Stolt-Nielsen Limited and owner and operator of MT Stolt Valor, reported that the fire on the ship - Stolt Valor was put out March 19 evening, and the vessel moved to a safe place away from coasts of Qatar and Bahrain. The company informed that a chemical tanker had caught fire caused by an explosion last week and one crew member was still missing.

The ship is under tow approximately 45 miles off the coast of Qatar. There has been no spillage of fuel oil from the ship, nor any reported or visible spillage of cargo. Stolt Tankers continues to work in close co-operation with the authorities, salvage experts and insurers to salvage the ship and its cargoes and to avoid any environmental impact.

Full investigations into the cause of the accident are being conducted by the flag state and the company. MT Stolt Valor is a 2004-built chemical tanker of 25,268 dwt. The ship has been declared a constructive total loss for insurance purposes. The company has insurance coverage in place customary for the trade and is fully covered. Stolt is working in close cooperation with the authorities on site in order to establish the whereabouts of missing seafarer and the condition of the vessel.

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