Euronav’s tanker runs aground, crew safe

Euronav tanker

Euronav’s crude oil tanker M/T Alex ran aground on Wednesday on a soft mud bottom while sailing between Borneo and Sumatra on its way to Ningbo, China.

According to the ship’s managers, Euronav Ship Management, the 299,446 DWT vessel was laden when it got grounded.

“No injuries or pollution have been reported while the vessel remains safely aground, in good weather. No breach of hull, water ingress or mechanical failure are apparent in the assessment made by the crew, while the Class surveyor is expected to board as soon as possible,” the company said.

The ship management firm said it had activated its emergency response plan and notified “all the relevant authorities”.

“The emergency team is assessing the options for re-floating the vessel,” the company added.

The Belgium-flagged tanker was built in 2016.