Magellan Spirit’s cargo transfer begins today

The cargo transfer between Teekay’s grounded LNG tanker Magellan Spirit and LNG carrier Excellence, owned by Texas-based Excelerate Energy, is scheduled to begin today.

The ship-to-ship cargo operation between the two vessels started yesterday.

The fully loaded Magellan Spirit, owned by Teekay LNG Partners,is grounded in the Gulf of Guinea area, some 5 nautical miles of Bonny island, Nigeria.

The Belgium-flagged Excellence changed it course last week so as to provide assistance to Magellan Spirit after tugs were unsuccessful in pulling the tanker free from the soft mud.

Teekay said that the load would be transferred to another vessel so as to enable the vessel to break free.

Another attempt to refloat the vessel is being planned to coincide with a high tide after the vessel has been lightened, Teekay said.

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