Two crew-members onboard MT Arafura, a Euronav owned VLCC (Very Large Crude Carrier) have died, after they were hit by a large wave, while the vessel rounded Cape Horn. The incident occurred on 11th September, when the Belgian-flagged crude oil carrier was on its way from Brazil’s Porto Do Acu to the Port of Long Beach in the United States.
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Northern Marine Management, which manages the 2,98,991 DWT vessel confirmed the tragic incident in an email. The company sated that MT Arafura was fully-laden while travelling from Brazil to Long Beach in California when the 2016-built vessel encountered adverse weather conditions with large waves and swells.
As per reports, the deceased crew-members have been identified as the Chief Officer and the Bosun of the vessel, with both hailing from India. They were reportedly attending an alarm in the forward part of the vessel when they were struck by a large wave, which killed both the Indian seafarers.
After the incident, MT Arafura altered its course to Chile’s Valparaiso, where the bodies of the two crew-members would be disembarked and repatriated. It is expected to arrive on 18th September.
Northern Marine Management’s statement said, “Every sympathy and heartfelt condolences go out to the families from both Northern Marine Management and the vessel’s Owners, EURONAV. The safety and wellbeing of all of our colleagues at sea is our number one priority for both Owners and Managers and a full and thorough investigation into this incident will be carried out to establish the root cause, and any possible lessons to be learned.”
Once the vessel arrives at Valparaiso, a crew change is expected to happen, following discussions between Northern Marine Management and the Chilean Maritime Authorities.
The company thanked the Chilean Maritime Authorities and MRCC for their on-going professional support concerning the vessel’s arrival. It has been learned that the families of the victims are also being supported.
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