Posted on August 07, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie

A super tanker that experienced a major engine fire has now been rescued and is currently on tow to the nearest port.

Very large crude carrier, Front Hakata was taken on tow by offshore supply tug Akatsuki earlier this morning. 

The vessel is said to be moving in a southwest direction at 4 knots. It was initially transiting to the port of Chiba, but is now travelling in the opposite direction. 

A fire broke out on board the ship in engine room at around 0300 Tokyo time Aug 5 west of Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, south of Tokyo Bay

The tanker was waiting for berth at Chiba after arriving from Saudi Arabia on Aug 4, and was in full load of crude oil.

The fire was reported to have been extinguished by the crew, who sealed the engine room and activated the fire extinguishing system. 

The tanker was taken away for safety reasons.

Reports in the area suggest that the imminent arrival of typhoon Shangshan- due to hit eastern Honshu- meant that authorities found the disabled VLCC too much of a danger to the surrounding area. 

Of the 25 crew there are no reported injuries, and no reports of any leaks.

VLCC FRONT HAKATA, IMO 9196644, dwt 298465, built 2002, flag Bahamas, manager Frontline.

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