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Magellan Spirit floats free from Nigerian mud

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Written by Maritime First

After a cargo transfer, Teekay Shipping’s 104,169gt, 165,500m3-capacity LNG carrier Magellan Spirit was refloated on 22 January from a mud bank 5nm off Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The Danish-flagged vessel ran aground on 5 January, shortly after leaving Bonny Island LNG Terminal, bound for Gwangyang, South Korea.

The ship-to-ship (STS) transfer into Exmar’s Belgium-flagged 93,937gt tanker Excellence started on 21 January. Teekay and the salvor, Smit, agreed on the STS transfer after attempts last week to remove the fully laden Magellan Spirit with tugs proved unsuccessful.

Teekay spokesman Jonathan Anthony told IHS Maritime that Magellan Spirit is now at anchor awaiting inspection by the vessel’s class society.

Anthony added: “Upon confirming no damage to the vessel, the Magellan Spirit will prepare to backload cargo from Excellence, and continue on its voyage.”

The incident is likely to increase calls for acceleration and expansion of Nigeria’s channel and port dredging programme.

IHS Maritime

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