Nakilat, Shell LNG tanker damaged off UAE

Sitting empty off the UAE port of Fujairah, a busy anchorage point on the Gulf of Oman, the tanker was struck by the Jag Laadki operated by India's Great Eastern Shipping Company

The LNG vessel remains at anchor while further checks are being made
The LNG vessel remains at anchor while further checks are being made

The Nakilat-owned Al Khattiya liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker, one of the world's largest, suffered damage to its hull in a collision with an oil tanker off the United Arab Emirates, operator Royal Dutch Shell said this week.

Sitting empty off the UAE port of Fujairah, a busy anchorage point on the Gulf of Oman, the tanker was struck by the Jag Laadki operated by India's Great Eastern Shipping Company, Shell said in an email, according to Reuters.

The vessel is owned by Qatari shipping group Nakilat. Qatar is the world's biggest producer of LNG.

No injuries or pollution were reported in the February 23 incident, but two of the Al Khattiya's ballast tanks were breached with a loss of some water, it said.

Shell said cargo tank pressures were stable indicating no loss of LNG containment on the Al Khattiya, which has a capacity of 210,000 cubic metres.

It remains at anchor while further checks are being made, Shell said.

Great Eastern Shipping Company did not respond to requests for immediate comment, according to Reuters.

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