Posted on May 02, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Iranian-flagged oil tanker, Happiness I experienced water ingress in its engine room on April the 30th, while transiting off the coast of Saudi Arabia.
The vessel, which had been carrying over one million barrels of oil, was on its way to the Suez Canal in the red sea when the crew noticed the water ingress.
According to initial reports, Saudi Arabian authorities received a distress call from the Happiness I on April the 30th, citing “engine failure and loss of control”.
The situation raised concerns with relevant authorities, as there was a possibility for a potential oil spill.
At the time, the vessel had a crew of 26, which includes 24 Iranian and two Bangladeshi nationals.
Happiness had been travelling alongside a smaller sister ship, Sabiti. In the 24 hours following the initial incident, the Sabiti approached the Happiness I and began transferring the crew onto the smaller vessel.
According to Iran’s national news agency, the tanker will be transferred to Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah port, escorted by two tugs.
There is little information as to the extent of damage on the vessel.
Furthermore, we don’t know yet whether there is a potential for an oil spill due to the nature of the incident.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic