Chemroad Journey, owned by Japan’s Iino Kaiun Kaisha, was loaded with chemicals and en route from Singapore to China when it ran aground. Credit: Fotoflite
More than 30,000 tonnes of chemicals and fuel oil could leak into waters off Vietnam after a chemical tanker ran aground.
The 33,526 dwt Chemroad Journey, owned by Japan’s Iino Kaiun Kaisha, was loaded with chemicals and en route from Singapore to China when it ran aground.
According to Vietnam’s National Search and Rescue Committee, the 2009-built Chemroad Journey is tilting and could capsize.
A representative from Iino Kaiun Kaisha said that all 26 crew members, comprising 11 South Koreans and 15 Myanmar nationals, were evacuated shortly after the incident happened 70 miles off the resort town of Phan Thiet. He would not disclose what cargoes the Chemroad Journey was carrying at the time.
The representative said: "A salvage team has arrived on scene to assess the condition and pan the re-floating operations. The owners have also arranged for the deployment of ocean tugs for assistance."
Investigations into the incident are ongoing and the Vietnamese authorities are getting prepared should the tanker need to be towed or if chemical spills or oil slicks are detected.
Besides the chemicals that Chemroad Journey was carrying, the vessel also had 1,701 tonnes of fuel oil and 113 tonnes of marine diesel oil in its fuel tanks.
Iino Kaiun Kaisha is active in the shipping and real estate segments and operates bulk carriers as well as chemical, crude oil, and LPG tankers, with a focus on chemical tankers.
Of the 32 ships owned by Iino Kaiun Kaisha, 25 are chemical tankers, according to IHS Markit Sea-Web data.
The company aims to expand its chemical shipping operations in the medium term, by securing shale-derived cargoes through relationships with US cargo interests and growing its market share in the Middle East, where petrochemical production is set to increase.
Iino Kaiun Kaisha recently opened offices in Houston and Dubai in line with this plan.
The company’s financial year 2017 net profit increased 6.2% year on year to JPY3.9 billion (USD34.7 million).
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