Oman's Salalah Methanol finds alternative after tanker hijacked

22 August 2011 13:09  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Oman-based Salalah Methanol Co has found another vessel to take a cargo of methanol after the chemical tanker it had initially fixed for shipment was hijacked over the weekend, sources close to the company said on Monday.

Salalah Methanol had fixed MV Fairchem Bogey, a 26,350 deadweight tonne chemical tanker belonging to Anglo-Eastern Ship Management, to carry the shipment of methanol to China, a source said without elaborating further.

The tanker was in a designated anchorage waiting for berthing instructions at Salalah port in Oman early on Saturday when the hijacking occurred, according to Anglo-Eastern Ship Management.

The vessel is currently in Somali waters and is waiting for the weather to calm down to anchor, Anglo-Eastern Ship Management said in an emailed statement to ICIS on Monday.

“We are still waiting to make first contact with the hijackers,” the company added.

“The impact was not big, as the pirates had attacked an empty vessel. The shipment of methanol will be a few days late,” said the source.

The tanker was manned by a crew of 21, Anglo-Eastern Ship Management said.

All crew members are safe with no injuries, the company added.

For more on methanol visit ICIS chemical intelligence

With additional reporting by Nurluqman Suratman

Author: Hui Heng

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