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Bunker tanker collides with vessel

Bunker tanker collides with vessel
The Subic Bay-bound Chelsea Enterprise was just off the port of Manila when it hit the One High-233 about 1245 hrs local time.

The Subic Bay-bound Chelsea Enterprise was just off the port of Manila when it hit the One High-233 about 1245 hrs local time.

A bunker tanker collided with a foreign vessel off.

According to the Philippine Coast Guard, the Subic Bay-bound Chelsea Enterprise was just off the port of Manila when it hit the One High-233 about 1245 hrs local time.

The 895 dwt Chelsea Enterprise was apparently carrying 360 metric tonnes (mt) of bunker fuel when the accident happened, authorities said.

The Chelsea Enterprise is owned by local bunker and fuel oil supplier Chelsea Shipping Corporation which has a total of eleven tankers in its fleet at present.

According to Chelsea Shipping, the Chelsea Enterprise was built in 1985 at Japan's Hakata Shipbuilding but is double-hulled.

Authorities have been quoted giving assurances that the collision ?would not trigger marine pollution in the area.?

Oil spill booms have however been set-up, as a precautionary measure, they added.

Investigations are currently under-way on both vessels, which have been docked, to assess the extent of any damages.

Chelsea Shipping had recently run into controversy regarding another one of its tankers, the Chelsea Passion.

An industry source told on December 5 that Chelsea Shipping had loaded the single-hulled Chelsea Passion with bunker fuel despite government restrictions on single hulls which came into effect since May last year.

The restrictions were waived for holders of special permits, but the Chelsea Passion apparently did not have such a permit.

The source said that Chelsea Shipping was banned from operating its fleet and supplying bunkers until it was able to renew its permit.

Chelsea Shipping however, denied allegations that it was suspended from normal operations.

Its chief operating officer Jose Manuel R. Quimson told on December 9 that all its tankers were still in operation except for the Chelsea Passion.

A new administration wanted to recall this vessel's special permit to carry heavy fuel oil due to ?some confusion?, according to the company.

Quimson said the Chelsea Passion did have a special permit to carry heavy fuel oil until December 31.

He said the Chelsea Passion was a chartered-in vessel [the MIS 1] which Chelsea Shipping eventually acquired, and that the special permit ?must have been overlooked? during the transfer of ownership documents.


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